Look out for horse riding: Seren James, Helen Parry & 10 year old, Emily Locke – all featured…. check back for more over weekend.
Oh yes! Pembrokeshire County Show is a dog-friendly day out.
On the first day of the 2017 show the sun came out after some torrential rain the day before – a few issues for parking with parts under water and some muddy patches, but otherwise all set for a grand day out. Dogs on leads with responsible owners equipped with pooh bags are made very welcome. We decided to take our 2-year-old Border Collie, Cwtch, to see how she got on!
Cwtch usually spends her time in the fields, woods and on the beaches near our North Pembrokeshire cabin and is not much used to large crowds, so this day of meeting so many other people and dogs could have proved interesting. However, she loved it and was particularly fascinated by the Jersey herd. She came home happy and tired out – so much to see, smell, watch and learn about. I would suggest taking some water for your canine companions as there were only a few places with bowls for them to drink but on a hot, busy day I needed to take her back to our camper van for a top-up drink.
As highly intelligent dogs, border collies need stimulation and plenty to learn about so a day at the Pembrokeshire County Show proved just right – fire engines, agricultural machinery, cows, and horses took some beating, but Cwtch watched the dog agility with even greater concentration. Later she discovered a very friendly bunch of stallholders in the Community Zone – plenty of cuddles from PLANED, Burns Pet Nutrition and the Community Connectors: a good place to have a chat and find out about all that is happening across the county in the voluntary sector.
The show arenas on day one featured – to name just a few events – cattle, horses and the Bolddog Motorbike Display Team, which really pulled in the crowds. Cwtch was intrigued by the tractor needed to pull the truck in by and by the motorbikes, but not so keen on the aerial display so we wandered off to explore the many stands and stalls around the showground.
With or without a dog in tow, the Pembrokeshire County Show offers something for everyone and I particularly like to see the farming community all spruced up, enjoying time out to catch up with old friends and show their produce and stock to best advantage. The happy crowds were all enjoying the sunshine and there was even some dancing in the streets. Cwtch and I had a lovely chat with a Haverfordwest ex-farmer, who was attending his 50th Pembrokeshire County Show – unfortunately, I did not catch his name as the jazz band started up and he decided to switch off his hearing aid( I thought they were quite good!). As ever, the number of young people taking part in all aspects is heartening and it makes you feel that agriculture in Pembrokeshire has a committed new generation hoping to continue traditions and introduce new methods to ensure the future success of the rural economy.
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Words by Suzanne Ashworth, images and video by Ken Mahoney
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