AFTER weeks of sweltering hot and humid weather which had resulted in scorched fields and water courses drying up, the much needed rain arrived on the eve and day of the 52nd Trap Show. Torrential showers, blustery winds and even with a short spell of, thunder, lightning and hailstones did impact somewhat on the attendance. Nevertheless the show was able to carry on with just a few stops whilst everyone headed for cover.
Most of the Horse sections were well supported and it was a very good day for the Debbie Jones and Family, Betws who not only won the Supreme Champion with their Section B mare ‘Fairywood Thumbelina’ but also the Young Stock Supreme Champion with her filly, ‘Fairywood Gwenllian’ – a remarkable achievement.
In the Sheep Section, Deian Thomas of Taliaris scooped the Best in Show, Lowland Breeds, and Non Continental champions with his Suffolk ewe as well as winning the Best Group of Three – no mean feat. This year, however, as feared there were 40% fewer sheep exhibitors than the previous year, due to the introduction of new Quarantine Unit regulations, which meant that many of our regular exhibitors who had not opted to register a new quarantine unit, and who had exhibited at the Royal Welsh Show during the week were unable to exhibit at Trap – a huge blow for us just as it will be for other shows who happen to have big sheep events taking place less than six days prior to their events. Considering the previous system seemed to work well, it is hard to fathom why a change was considered necessary.
As ever the standard in the marquee was high, with strong entries in most sections. The wealth of talent we have in our community is incredible which makes it a hard, yet enjoyable task for the Judges. The Domestic and Horticlture Tent at Trap, manned by trap W.I., can stand on a par with the biggest and best of shows.
Presidents Colin and Pamela Jones, of Llandyfaelog have been supportive of the show over the years. During his childhood, Colin attended Trap School and he and his family have always maintained a link with the area. They enjoyed the chance to come back and meet up with so many dear friends, despite the weather.
The It’s a Knockout fell foul to the blustery weather, although the hog roast and the Quoits were able to carry on. Finally to end the evening the Radnorshire Twurzels came back again, by popular demand, to entertain us. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way on the day or with the preparation and the clearing up on the following day – a sterling team effort. Despite the adverse weather, It was an enjoyable day, though tinged with deep sadness after the shock of losing one of our founder members so suddenly – a most stalwart committee member and one of our Life Vice President, Gordon Griffiths – a pillar of our community. He is greatly missed.
Congratulations to all our cups and award winners
Welsh & Improved Welsh : Owen le Roux, Trap – Black Welsh Mountain : Bethan Davies, Llanfynydd – Torddu: Osian Pauai Jones, Capel Isaac
Torwen: Rhydian Davies. Llanfynydd – Balwen: Meinir Howells – Speckled: Cennydd Jones. Blaenau – Cross Bred :Cennydd Jones
Texel J & B Booker. Taliaris – Charolias: Mathew Bevan. Gower – Continental: J & B Booker – Non Continental: Deian Thomas. Taliaris
Mountain Breeds Champion : Davies Family Brynyreglwys – Lowland Breeds Champion:& Supreme Champion & Group of 3: Deian Thomas Cefneithrin. Taliaris – Young Handler (11-14) Ieuan Llewellyn. Garnant – (0 yrs & Under ) Dafydd Griffiths Cysgod y Berllan. Trap
Childrens Riding : Lead Rein: Pixie Shrimpton. Talley – Champion: Kate Cooper Llangadog – Pony Club Champion : Imogen Evans Llandyfan
Open Riding : Trekking Cup : Amelia Sivertser. Morriston – Over 13.2hh & Champion: Kim Laycock. Ammanford – Colored Horse : Sue James. Gorslas
Champion: Sue James
Fancy Dress: Amelia-Jay Mottram. Tumble
In Hand champion & Young Stock : Elizabeth Windsor. Cydweli
Section A Mare: A & E Jenkins Talgarth Llandyfan – Colt : Sian Thomas Davies. CefnFedw Stud – Stallion: Nigel Lewis Penygroes
Hill Pony: Aled Jenkins. Talgarth Stud – Young Stock and Champion: Aled Rees Tycroes.
Harness: Mrs. Humphries. Llandysul
Section B Young Stock & Champion: Debbie Jones, Fairywood Ponies
Shetlands : Young Stock : Liz Williams, Mynyddygarreg
Champion: Katie Mottram
Section C: Young Stock: Chris Bevan, Pontiets
Champion: Cilmaengwyn. Pontardawe
Section D: Young Stock & Champion: Haydn Hudson, Llandovery
Hunters & Working Ponies :
Young Stock : Delyth Thomas. Croesyceiliog
Ridden hunter : Kim Laycock
Champion: Delyth Thomas
Supreme Young Stock : Jessica Fairywood Ponies Ammanford
Champion : Fairywood Ponies
Domestic & Horticulture:
Cookery: Blue Ribbons Janet Morris. Twyn
Cookery Prize: Helen Herbert. Llandybie
Preserves Prize & Blue Ribbon: Cath Rogerson. Llandyfan
Wine Prize : Ted White. Brynamman
Honey Prize : Keith Hall. Pantyffynnon
Overall Cup: Hannahlynne Jones, Llandyfan & Cath Rogerson
Social Activity Trophies : Teresa Nortney, Hedydd Greaves Sariah Tinsley,Carol Tyler. Brynywawr.
Blue Ribbon Handwork: Rosemary Jones Glanbrynant
Handwork Bowl : Adelma Shepherd, Cwmifor
Art Blue Ribbon William Williams. Kendall
Art Prize: Charlotte Wood.
Woodwork Blue Ribbon & Cup: Ron Haeney
Photography Blue Ribbon: Philip Parker
Prize: Megan Richardson, Llandyfan
Sticks Blue Ribbon : Clive Jones, Cross Hands
Prize,: Geraint Davies, Llangennech
Blue Ribbon and Prize: Jim Jones. Nantgaredig
Local Vegetables Blue Ribbon, Cup, Best Onions & Potatoes Cups: Nia Williams, Trap
Flowers Blue Ribbon : Alan Thomas, Llandybie
Floral Art Blue Ribbon and Overall Cup: Dawn Webb Drefach
Special Glass Bowl for class 47 ‘Thanksgiving’ : Mary Douch. Carmarthen
Agriculture Blue Ribbon : Robert Owen. Penywaun
Agriculture Cup : Sue Freeman. Treiorwg
Local: Overall Cup, Beryl Owen, Penywaun
Blue Ribbon Bowl and Best Exhibit Trap WI member: Margaret Saunders
Meithrin Art Trophy : Lucy Davies, Meithrin Ffairfach
Meithrin Craft: Bethan Davies
Infants: Erin Revitt Llandeilo & Harriet Tozer, Llandyfan
Juniors: Olivia Tozer, Llandyfan
Secondary : Alana Lewis, Llandybie
Pet Dogs: ‘Pink’, Jane Johnson. Penygroes
Quoits Shield :David Saunders. Dauddwr
Vintage: Pre 1960: Stuart Watkins
Post 1960 : Elwyn Evans
Judges Choice: Mal Walker