Crowds enjoy Llanthony show

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DESPITE a damp start, the Llanthony Valley and District Show drew in the crowds from as far as Cornwall for its famous rodeo show.

Oliver Chandler, livestock secretary, said Llanthony is the only show in the UK which still puts on a rodeo.

The show, at Court Farm, Llanthony on Saturday, saw people enjoy the decorated floats and fancy dress, show jumping and sheep shearing demonstration, as well as the annual soapbox running competition.

Trophy prizes were awarded for the fastest soapbox as well as rosettes for the best engineered, best novelty and best effort soapboxes.

On the morning of the event, organisers posted online: “I have had a few calls this morning. It takes more than a little rain to stop us from having fun so see you all there!”

Mr Chandler said: “We had lots of entries into the section A and B horse shows, the Welsh mountain ponies and the larger cobs.

“Some classes, like the riding pony competition, were less popular. In some classes we only had one entry.”

Mr Chandler put the reduced numbers down to either the weather, plus the Brecon County Show being held on the same day.

Prizes were up for grabs in the garden competition for the best recycled container, best ornamental water feature, a moss garden on a dinner plate and the best vegetable garden.

Pet-owners also entered their dogs into the event which saw dog Earl come second in the free dog race, thanks to him training by chasing chorizo.

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