THE POPULARITY of the horse section at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival is growing year on year and with over 60 classes across the two-days, the weekend on May 16-17 promises to be packed full of exciting competitions.
As a result of unprecedented entry numbers over the past few years the 2015 Spring Festival will now host classes in two rings with working hunter and show jumping competitions and for the first time an affiliated CHAPS (Coloured Horse & Pony Society) Mid Wales Regional Show.
The competitions begin on Saturday with 14 working hunter classes including lead rein, mountain and moorland, novice, intermediate and open classes. There will also be seven show jumping pony classes with open classes with various jump heights, a lead rein class and the exciting Spring Festival Team Challenge for a team of four ponies.
The CHAPS Mid Wales Regional Show will begin on Saturday with their 21 in-hand classes. These include classes for native ponies, sports horses, young handlers, best markings, youngstock and many more.
The weekend long competition continues on Sunday with six show jumping horse classes and 15 ridden classes in the CHAPS Mid Wales Regional Show, which will include classes for native and non-native breeds, veteran and novices.
Along with the many different horse classes and livestock competitions, visitors to the Spring Festival will also be able benefit from a huge range of other attractions and an action-packed programme of events all weekend. There will be an open premier dog show, floral and horticultural displays, gardeners’ question time, vintage machinery displays, scurry driving, a dedicated Smallholder Centre, a Food and Drink Quarter, County Life area, Sustainable Living exhibition and much more.