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
Saturday 27th April 2019
Location: Cardigan & Around
Barley Saturday has since the 19th Century, been held on the last Saturday in April - it is an unique event in Cardigan. Barley Saturday saw farmers from surrounding area come to town to hire workers and to inspect stallions that are put out to stud. These days the horses are the centre of attention. After the 11.30am, judging of various horse competitions, the crowds gather to watch the horses do their parade around the Cardigan at approximately 2pm. The horses are followed by of vintage cars, motorbikes, tractors, carriages, milk floats and gypsy wagons. This year why not celebrate Barley Saturday into the night with music and dance
Saturday 8th June 2019
Location: Caeau Gelli Angharad
First major agricultural show of the season. Horses, livestock, sheep, machinery, displays. This is an impressive annual agricultural show. This local show attracts many visitors from the surrounding areas, uniting the farming industry and local community. A wide range of events take place from produce and poultry shows through to equestrian. It provides excellent opportunities for local farmers, plant growers, and exhibitors, and is a fun day out that can be enjoyed by all the family. Directions Located on the A44 between Aberystwyth and Capel Bangor Aim towards Aberystwyth, following the A487 through the villages of Tal-y-Bont and Bow Street. After you have travelled through Bow Street, take the first turning left onto the A4159. Continue on this road until you reach a roundabout. On the roundabout, take the first exit left, marked A44 Llangurig. The Show will be seen straight ahead of you. Please use the correct entrance.
Sunday 11th August 2019
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. This year Atkinson Action Horses will be attending the Festival as part of their 2019 show tour. As the horse trainers for Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders, you will probably have already seen some of the horses in action on the TV. Events will include: