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.
More Information: www.tregarontrotting.com
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. More information on this years show to follow
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:
Friday 25th August 2017 - Saturday 26th August
Location: Tregaron Trotting
First Race 2pm. Read more about harness racing here
Sunday 3rd September 2017
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!