NEW FOR 2017 – PRESIDENT’S AWARD – A SPECIAL PRIZE FOR THE PRESIDENT’S FAVOURITE EXHIBIT ON THE DAY
Our president for 2017 is Dafydd Jones, retired Welsh rugby union player. He played in the back row for Wales & for the Llanelli Scarlets in the Magners League. He made 104 appearances for the Scarlets scoring 45 points.
The 2017 poster features two horse that were at the 2016 festival. The horse jumping is riden by a Tivyside Hunt rider shown winning the final of the Interhunt Relay. The horse shown in hand is the Welsh Cob stallion Danaway Danny owned by Peter and Jaqualine Denning, Haverfordwest, shown by Dai Williams.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that the organisers of the WPCS Performance Awards have agreed to include The Aberaeron Festival into the competition ! The performance awards are run by the WPCS, to encourage and reward versatility of the Welsh breeds. Please look on their website wpcs.uk.com for details if you have not already entered this year. Appearance at the festival, either ridden or driven now carries 40 points !
Points cards will need to be signed by either Julie Taylor or Niki Brewer on the day.
We are all delighted to announce that following a visit by Niki Brewer and myself to the world famous DERWEN STUD, Mr and Mrs Ifor Lloyd have very generously offered overnight stabling for those people who wish to travel from further afield to the festival .
Stabling will however, be limited, so if you are interested, please drop us a PM and we will get back you.
Back by popular demand for 2017 are Galloping Acrobatics.
The team specialise in providing flamboyant vaulting based horse displays, arena acts and entertainment for events and shows throughout the UK.
From the minute Galloping Acrobatics enter the arena you will be mesmerised by the remarkable feats of gymnastic, acrobatic and equestrian skill on display. Gaze in awe as Tinker and Casper thunder past with Rosie standing on their two backs. Laugh as Casper catches things in his mouth before admiring his high stepping Spanish walk. Watch in amazement as Tinker skips around the arena with a giant five metre skipping rope, and then has his bridle removed to be vaulted on at complete liberty. Ask Casper a mathematics question – multiplication or division today? The incredible level of communication between Rosie and her horses will have you enthralled from start to finish. Following each display a twenty minute meet and greet session allows for you to ask questions and interact with all performers – human and equine!
One of the highlights of the Festival is undoubtedly The running of the stallions. Strutting like peacocks, eyes wide, nostrils snorting, tails held high, it truly is a sight to behold!
“It’s little wonder that the cob has been described as the best ride and drive animal in the World”
A description of Welsh cob Action
Free, true and forcible. The knee should be bent and the whole foreleg should be extended straight from the shoulder and as far forward as possible in the trot. Hocks flexed under the body with straight and powerful leverage.
Brynithon Northern Wind, shown by Peter Rodway, Cwmcerrig Stud, Running of the stallions, 2012. Photo Storm Development.
Fronarth Welsh Lion, Fronarth Stud at Aberaeron Festival, Running of the stallions, 2007.
Dafydd Ty Coch Evans, Goruchel Stud demonstrating exceptional paces. He is showing a Welsh Cob Section D Stallion, Running of the stallions, Aberaeron Festival, 2007.
Carneuadd Hywel, Walena Stud shown by Mathew Dixon in 2012.