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Harness Racing / Trotting

Harness racing Wales

A popular form of horseracing in Ceredigion is harness racing, also known as trotting

The sport involves horses racing at a non-galloping speed driven by men or women balanced on two wheeled sulkies.
Harness racing grew in Wales in the late 19th century, originally involving Welsh cobs which are still still paraded at Cardigan's annual 'Barley Saturday' competing along roads. With the increasing popularity of harness racing, the races were moved to grass tracks and standard bred horses were imported from America to replace the native breeds.
The oldest trotting meet in Wales is in Llangadog which has been held every Easter Monday since 1884. Many events are shown on Welsh language television channel S4C on its programme Rasus.

Ceredigion west Wales is has three venues where you can enjoy harness racing. Tan y Castell, Tregaron and Lampeter. These events make a great day out for the whole family. The tracks are just half a mile so the races are fast and spectators are close to the action.

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Look out for Equestrian Events Ceredigion Cardigan Bay:

Lampeter Agricultural Show

Lampeter Agricultural Show Friday 11th August 2017 Location: Pontfaen Fields

The Lampeter agricultural show follows in the tradition of the Cardiganshire Agricultural Society which was first established in 1784 to promote and improve farming methods, crops and livestock in West Wales. This show has horses and other livestock including goats. Vintage and carriage display. Rugby 7-a-side. Lampeter show More information on this years show to follow

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs Sunday 13th August 2017 Location: Square Field Cae Sgwar Aberaeron

A truly unique event showcasing every aspect of the amazing breed, the Welsh pony and Cob. Exciting events throughout the day in the square field, Cae Sgwar right in the middle of Aberaeron. Events will include:

  • Introduction to the sections of the breed: section A, section B, section C, section D & Welsh part-bred.
  • In-hand, under-saddle & driving displays.
  • Inter-hunt relay showcasing jumping, thrills & spills!
  • Showjumping & dressage displays.
  • Running of the stallions.
  • Food & craft stalls.
Horse & pony entry is free & everyone is welcome.

Tregaron Trotting Club Races

Tregaron Trotting Club Races Friday 25th August 2017 - Saturday 26th August Location: Tregaron Trotting

  First Race 2pm. Read more about harness racing here

Lampeter Harness Racing

Lampeter Harness Racing Sunday 3rd September 2017 Location: Pentre

Held at Pentre, Llanfair Clydogau, Lampeter. First race 2:00pm. Come and experience the thrills of harness racing. The racing is fast and exciting and you can be trackside to catch it all. Bar and Catering facilities, bookmakers, childrens entertainment and children under 16 FREE admission. If you’re looking for a fun day out or interested in following a unique and exciting sport harness racing can be enjoyed by all the family!