• CARDIGAN COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SHOW

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    CARDIGAN COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SHOW.

    (For the definitive history of the show from 1854-2004, see the book ‘Cardigan Agricultural Show‘ by Islwyn & Betty Griffiths, pub. E. L. Jones, Cardigan, 2004)

    1854 – Cardigan Agricultural Society was formed, largely through the efforts of Mr. Richard David Jenkins, The Priory, Honorary Treasurer, and Mr. James Jenkins, Honorary Secretary. Mr Morgan Jones of Penylan was the Show President. From 1854 until 1960 the Mayor of Cardigan acted as the Chairman of the Show. The Society’s Rules were drawn up on 10th June.

    The first show was held at Pontycleifion, Cardigan on 3rd August 1854, and the following report appeared on 11th August 1854 in the ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘:

    “…CARDIGANSHIRE. CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

    On Thursday last, the 3rd inst., a show of animals, poultry, implements, &c., the property of the landowners and the tenant farmers residing within the district of the Cardigan Union, took place in a field at Pontycleifion, near the Church, part of the Priory Estate. The day was remarkably fine, and contributed very considerably to the novelty and pleasure of the exhibition. The number of cattle and horses entered for competition far exceeded the expectation of the promoters of the Society, and the quality and appearance of the various animals exhibited equally surpassed the hopes of all those gentlemen who were chiefly instrumental in effecting this first exhibition connected with the Club.

    At an early hour in the day the roads leading to the field were thronged with animals of different descriptions intended for the Show, and a beautiful appearance they presented.

    The Rules of the Society are, that the landed gentry of the neighbourhood, while eligible to exhibit their stock and to compete for the honour of excellence, should be precluded from receiving prizes, the money rewards to be solely distributed among the tenant farmers and tenant occupiers, the stock of the landowners being shown as examples of what care and attention can accomplish. It may appear invidious to specially notice any of the animals not included in the list furnished by the Judges, but without intending any injustice or offence to the various exhibitors, it is considered right to mention the splendid herd of Black Cattle (Castle-martins) exhibited by Morgan Jones, Esq, Penlan; the beautiful Black Cattle of the same breed exhibited by Mrs. Jenkins of Panthirion, the splendid herd of Ayrshire Cattle shown by J. H. Jenkins, Esq., Kilbronne, and the fine animals of that breed exhibited by Messrs. Weston and Parker of the Black Lion Hotel, Cardigan, the foregoing are mentioned as much on account of the number sent, as of their excellencies. There was also a beautiful Bull of the Ayrshire breed sent by S. E. Colby, Esq., of Havod, and a remarkable fine Ayrshire Bull 16 months old, sent by John Colby, Esq.. of Fynnone. There were several beautiful Bulls of the Castlemartin breeds among which, one shown by R. D. Jenkins, Esq., attracted attention.

    The Sheep, Pigs, and Poultry, were not large, and this was attributed in a great degree, to the shortness of the public notice of the intended show.

    J. H. Jenkins, Esq.. Kilbronne had a pen of fine Sheep, and one Ram. Mr. L. Noott. Esq., Cardigan, had a fine Ram, which was much admired although that belonging to W. G. George was adjudged to be the best John Colby, Esq., had a hatch of fine Dorking Chickens, and Cochin-China Fowls. Mrs. Griffith, of Pantgwin, also exhibited a handsome pair of large Chinese Geese, and Mr. Benjamin Rowlands Saddler, Cardigan had a remarkably fine Duck and Drake. Thomas Morgan. Esq., Cardigan, exhibited a coop of Shanghai Fowls, one cock and two hens, which were much admired. The Pigs shown were few, and those much noticed were a fine Boar belonging to J. H. Jenkins, Esq., and a Sow and litter of ten pigs, of the same breed as the boar, the property of Mr. Richards, of Noyaddwillim, near Cardigan. There was a very large show of horses of all ages and sizes principally farmers’ horses, and which are more particularly referred to in the Judges list. Some of the horses and colts shown were extremely good. The company was exceedingly numerous, the principal part of the gentry of the neighbourhood being in attendance; and the number of tenant-farmers, and others, greatly exceeded the expectation of the most sanguine friends of the society. The Secretary, James Jenkins, Esq., notwithstanding his heavy, and irksome duties on that day, most kindly afforded every facility in his power for the public’s being supplied with full particulars of the different awards made by the judges.

    The gentlemen unanimously selected to discharge the onerous duty of judges, to decide which was best where all was so good, were Mr. Currie, of Great Vaynor, near Narberth; Major Lewis, of Llysnewydd; and R. J. Dansey, Esq., of Dyffryn, Kenarth: and their various decisions appear to given general satisfaction. The cattle were pronounced by the judges to be, in some instances, equal to any they had seen in other counties. The following is a list of the different prizes awarded, the tenant-farmers only being the persons who derived pecuniary benefit:—

    CATTLE. The best black Bull, 2 years old—Mr. Wm. Griffiths, Blaenwenen. The best yearling Bull—Mr. Thomas Evans, Havod. The best ditto any other breed, 2 years old—Edward Colby, Esq. The best ditto yearling—Mrs. Jenkins, Pantirion. The best black milch Cow, 3 years—Morgan Jones, Esq. Ditto ditto—Mr. David James, Cawrence. The best black Heifer, 2 years old—Morgan, Esq. Ditto ditto—Mr. Mathias, Pencoed. Ditto ditto yearling—Mrs. Griffiths, Pantgwyn. Ditto ditto—Mr. David James, Cawrence. The best pair of black steers, 2 years—Morgan Jones, Esq Ditto ditto—Mr. David James, Cawrence. Ditto ditto, yearling—Mr. David James, Cawrence. The best milch cow any other breed above 3 years old- Thomas Morgan, Esq. Ditto ditto ditto—Mr. Thomas Parker. Ditto ditto yearly-Mrs. Mary Neale, Cardigan, Ditto pair of yearling steers— Mr David James, Cawrence.

    SHEEP. The best long-wool ram, 2 years old—Wm. G. George, Esq., Parkyprat. The best short-wool ewes—J. H. Jenkins, Esq. Kilbronau.

    PIGS. The best large Boar—E. S. Colby, Esq., Havod. Ditto ditto Sow—Mr. W. Griffiths, Blaenywenen. The host small Boar—J. H. Jenkins, Esq., Kilbronne. Ditto ditto—Mr. Harries, Henllys. Ditto ditto Sow—David Davies, Esq., Castle Green. Ditto ditto—Mr Richards, Noyadd Willim.

    HORSES. The best Yearling Mare, with Colt at her feet—Mr. Harries, Cwmgloyne. The best pair of hackney Colts, rising 3 years old—Mrs. Jenkins, Pantirion. Active Cart Mare, with Colt—Mr. Griffiths, of Forest. The best Cart Colt, rising 3 years old—Mr. Griffith Griffiths, Penygegin. The best Cart Colt or Filly, yearling—J. W. Griffiths, Esq., Pantgwyn. Ditto ditto—Mr. David James, Cawrence.

    POULTRY, The best Cock and two Hens—Thomas Morgan, Esq.. The best Gander and Goose—Mrs. Griffiths, Pantgwyn. The best Drake and Duck—J. H. Jenkins, Esq., Kilbronne. Ditto ditto—Mr. Benjamin Rowlands, Cardigan.

    An admirable dinner was provided at the Black Lion Hotel by Messrs. Weston and Parker, at which nearly 70 visitors, comprising numerous resident gentlemen and tenant farmers of the neighbourhood, sat down, Morgan Jones, Esq., being President, and S. E. Colby, Esq., Vice-President. The dinner and general entertainment is stated to have afforded great satisfaction. The following gentlemen, among others, are ascertained to have addressed the company present at the dinner in support of the objects of the Cardigan Agricultural Society, but it is not possible to supply any of the speeches delivered. Morgan Jones, Esq., and S. E. Colby, Esq.; Mr. Lewis, Clynfiew; Capt. Lewes, Llysnewydd; Dr. Jones, Llancych; Mr. R. D. Jenkins; Mr. Thomas Davies, Mayor of Cardigan; Mr. J, Dansey Mr. Thomas Davies, Bryndu; Mr. Griffiths, Pantgwyn Mr. John Davies, M.A., Cardigan; and Mr. Currie, Great Vaynor.

    The meeting separated, after a most convivial evening, at an early hour, much gratified at the result of the day’s proceedings, and with a full determination to do better next year...”

    1855 – A very successful show, with a very large number of entries – some of which were not allowed – arriving two hours late! Mr R D Jenkins of Parke was the Show President. Mr R D Jenkins of the Priory was the Show Secretary from this time until about 1874. John Davies of Cardigan exhibited the best cow.

    1856 – Lord Lisburne was the Show President. On 8th August 1856 the following report appeared in the ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

    The annual Cattle Show of this Club took place on the 31st ult., in a meadow belonging to R. D. Jenkins, Esq., at Pontycleifon. The arrangements were made under the direction of the president, C. A. Prichard, Esq., and the Committee of Management, and afforded much satisfaction from the regularity with which all the proceedings were conducted. There was an increase in the number of horses and horned cattle exhibited as compared with the last and previous years, and the horned cattle particularly were superior; the improvement was not so perceptible with the horses, although the animals shewn were of excellent quality. The sheep and pigs were not so numerous as at former shows, but those on the ground were first-rate animals of their particular classes. It was generally regretted that the poultry shewn was considerably less this year, and as it is this part of the show which usually brings the ladies to be spectators some disappointment was felt in that respect. The following is an account of the animals to which prizes were awarded by the Judges, Mr. Richard Llewellin, Nash, Pembrokeshire; Mr. Thomas, Tre-bowen, near Fishguard; and Mr. James, Aberlwyn, Llanfirnach.

    The weather was very fine and a great number of spectators attended. A dinner was provided by Messrs. Weston and Parker, at the Black Lion Hotel, at which between sixty and seventy of the members and friends of the club assembled and did ample justice to the viands liberally prepared for them. Charles Arthur Prichard, Esq., officiated as chairman, and John Colby, Esq., as vice-chairman. The cloth having been removed, the Chairman proposed the first toast of the evening, “the Queen,” which, with the other usual and loyal toasts, was warmly responded to. The honorary Secretary, James Jenkins, Esq., read the award of prizes. Several gentlemen addressed the company on the subject of agriculture, amongst whom may be mentioned Mr. R. D. Jenkins, Mr. Thomas Davies, Mr. John Davies, Mr. Lewis, Llysnewydd, Colonel Lascelles, Mr. Griffiths, Forest. Mr. Llewellin, Nash. The healths of the Lord Lieutenant of the County, Thomas Lloyd, Esq.; Lord Lisburne; the President of the Club, C. A. Prichard, Esq.; and the Vice-President, J. Colby, Esq., were duly drunk and responded to. The company separated at an early hour in the evening, much gratified at the day’s proceedings…”

    1857 – Mr John Colby was the Show President. On 7th August 1857 the following report appeared in the ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

    The annual exhibition of stock took place on Thursday last, in one of the Priory fields at Pontycleivon. The show was good, and the visitors numerous. The following gentlemen discharged, and very efficiently, the duties of Judges:—Mr. Ormond, Cardeeth, Mr. G. Browne, Rippestone, and Mr. John Hughes, Llwynfedwen, Carmarthenshire. The following is a list of the awards:—

    BLACK BULLS.

    £.    s.    d.

    Mr. David James, Bawrance, first prize 2      0      0

    Mr. Owen Phillips, Treriffith, second prize 1      0      0

    COLOURED BULLS OF ANY OTHER BREED.

    Mr. Ebenezer Harris, Henllys, first prize 2      0      0    

    Mr. John Rees, Hendre, second prize 1      0      0

    Morgan Jones, Esq., honorary prize

    John Bowen, Esq., Llwnyngwair, commended

    YEARLING BULLS DITTO.

    Mr. Thomas Parker, Cardigan, first prize 1      0      0

    Miss Jones, Cilwendeage, honorary prize

    BLACK Cows.

    Mr. O. Phillips, Treriffith, first prize 1     10      0

    Mr David Thomas. Croesyforwyn, 2d prize 1      0       0

    Morgan Jones, Esq., honorary prize

    W. 0. Brigstocke, Esq., highly commended

    Mrs. Jenkins, Panterion, commended

    BLACK HEIFERS, TWO YEARS OLD

    Mr 0. Phillips, Treriffith, first prize 1      0      0

    Mr. Thomas Evans, Hafod Verwick 2nd prize 0     12      6

    BLACK YEARLING HEIFERS

    Mr James, Llwyngrois, first prize 0     15      0

    Mr. O. Phillips, Treriffith, second prize 0     10      0

    Rev. G. Evans, Parkygors, honorary prize

    Morgan Jones, Esq., highly commended

    PAIRS OF BLACK TWO YEAR OLD STEERS

    Mr. O. Phillips, Trerifflth, first prize 2      0      0

    Morgan Jones, Esq., honorary prize

    Miss Folkes, Fynondovon, highly commended

    PAIR OF BLACK YEARLING STEERS.

    Mr. David James, Cawrance 1      5      0

    Morgan Jones, Esq., honorary prize

    Mrs. Griffiths, Pantgwyn. highly commended.

    COWS OF ANY OTHER BREED.

    David Thomas, Rhydyfywch, first prize 1     10      0

    Captain Heyward, Kilbronne, honorary prize

    W.O. Brigstock, Esq., highly commended

    TWO YEAR OLD HEIFER OF ANY OTHER BREED.

    Mr. John Rees, Hendre, first prize     10      0

    Miss Jones, Cilwendeage, honorary prize

    W. H. Lewis, Esq, highly commended

    YEARLING HEIFERS OF ANY OTHER BREED.

    Mr. Parker, Cardigan, first prize          0     15      0

    Miss Jones, Cilwendeg, honorary prize

    Morgan Jones, Esq., highly commended

    LONG WOOL RAM.

    David James, Cawrance, first prize 1     1     0

    LONG WOOL EWES.

    Mr. Phillips, Treriffith, first prize 1     5     0

    SHORT WOOL EWES.

    David Owen, Alltybula, first prize 1      5      0

    W. O. Brigstock, Esq., honorary prize 

    LARGE SOW.

    Mr. Thomas Evans, Hafod, Verwick, 1st prize               0     15    0

    SMALL SOW.

    Mr. Harries, Henllys, first prize    0     15     0

    SMALL BOAR.

    W. O. Brigstocke, Esq honorary prize

    HACKNEY BROOD MARE AND COLT.

    Mr. Harries, Henllys, first prize   0    15     0

    Mr. David James, Cawrance, second prize   1      0      0

    R D. Jenkins, Esq., honorary prize

    HACKNEY COLTS, TWO YEARS OLD.

    Mr. Harries, Henllys, first prize   1      5      0

    Mr. David Evans, Warren, second prize   0    15      0

    Mrs. Griffiths. Pantgwynne, honorary prize

    HACKNEY COLTS, ONE YEAR OLD.

    Mr. D. Thomas, Parkneithew, first prize 0     15

    Mr. Stephen James, Penlanfach, second prize 0     10

    W. H. Lewis, Clynfiew, honorary prize

    CART MARE AND COLT.

    Mr. David Owen. Alltvbulla. first prize 1      1      0

    Mr John Griffiths, Forest, second prize 1      0      0

    Morgan Jones, Esq., honorary prize

    CART COLTS, TWO Y EARS OLD.

    Mr. Nicholas, Trevigin, first prize 1      5

    Mr. Thomas Evans, Hafod. second prize 0    15      6

    YEARLING CART COLT.

    Mr Nicholas. Trevigin, first prize 0     15

    Ditto ditto second prize 0     10

    Miss Jones, Cilwendeage, highly commended

    POULTRY.

    Mr. Thomas Parker’s cock and two hens, first prize   0     5      0

    R. D. Jenkins, Esq.. turkey cock and hens, hon. prize

    W. L. Noott Esq. Gander and goose, honorary prize

    Captain Heyward, drake and duck, ditto.

    EXTRA STOCK.

    Mrs Gower, Castle Malgwyn, highly commended

    Mr. Parker, highly commended

    Captain Heyward highly commended

    John Colby, Esq., highly commended

    The following prizes were given for the best sheep shearers, by John Colby, Esq. :—

    David Davies, Alltybulla, first prize 1    10     0

    David Peregrine, Clynfiew, second prize 0    15     0

    David Jones, Clynfiew, third prize 0    10     0

    James Nicholas, Forest, fourth prize 0      5

    The customary dinner took place at the Black Lion Hotel. John Colby Esq., was elected chairman R. D. Jenkins vice chairman. A very agreeable evening was passed...”

    1858 – The show was held on 29th July and was very well supported, aided by excellent weather. Mr W P Lewis was the Show President. A long service award was presented to Mary Griffiths, servant of David Davies, Ffosyrhendy, Blaenporth. She received £1. 10s., having worked for 28 years for Mr. Davies.

    1859 – Mr James Bowen of Troedyraur was the Show President. The ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘ carried the following item on 12th August 1859:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL CLUB.

    On Thursday, the 4th instant, the Annual Cattle Show of this society was held at Pontycleifon, in a field belonging to R. D. Jenkins, Esq, the Treasurer. There were a great many competitors among the farmers, and numerous animals were entered, the quality of those shown being decidedly superior to former years. The horses were considered extremely good. The want of herbage, owing to the dryness of the season, was, however apparent in many instances. The following is a list of the competitors who obtained prizes:—

    TWO-YEAR OLD BLACK BULL. 1st prize, to Mr John George, Ffynoncoranau; 2nd ditto, to Mr E. Harries, Henllys.

    YEARLING BLACK BULL. 1st Prize, to Mr Phillips, Trerees; 2nd ditto; to Mr David Thomas, Parkneithew.

    TWO-YEAR OLD COLOURED BULLS. 1st Hon. prize, to S. E. Colby, Esq, Hafod; 2nd Hon. prize, to Capt. Prichard, Tyllwyd. 1st Tenants prize, to Mr John Rees, Hendre

    YEARLING COLOURED BULLS. 1st Hon. prize, to A. H. S. Davies, Esq, Pentre; highly commended, Capt. Wayward, Kilbronne; commended, John Colby, Esq, Ffynonne.

    BLACK MILCH COWS. 1st Prize, to Mr R. Phillips, Penralltcybur; 2nd ditto, to John Davies, Esq, Cardigan.

    TWO-YEAR OLD BLACK HEIFERS. Hon. prize, to R. D. Jenkins, Esq, Pantirion. 1st. Tenant’s prize, to Mr James, Llwyngrawis.

    YEARLING BLACK HEIFERS. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr John Griffiths, Forest; 2nd ditto, to Mr James, Llwyngrawis.

    TWO-YEARS’ OLD BLACK STEERS. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr O. Phillips, Treriffith: highly commended. Mr Harries, Henllys.

    YEARLING BLACK STEERS, Hon. prize, to G. D. Griffith, Esq, Berry Hill. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr James, Llwnygrawis; highly com- mended, Mr Hughes, Pencnwc; commended, Mr James, Cawrance, and Mr Phillips, Treriffith.

    COLOURED MILCH COWS. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Wm. Thomas, Berllan; highly commended, John Davies, Esq, Cardigan; commended, A. H. S. Davies, Esq, Pentre.

    TWO-YEARS’ OLD COLOURED HEIFERS. 1st Hon. prize, to Morgan Jones, Esq, Penlan; 2nd hon. prize, to Miss Jones, Kilwendeg; 3rd hon. prize, to W. H. Lewis, Esq, Clynfiew; 4th hon. prize, to Morgan Jones. Esq, Pentan commended, A. H. S. Davies, Esq Pentre, 4 times, W. H. Lewis, Esq, Clynfiew.

    YEARLING COLOURED HEIFERS. Hon. prize, to W. H. Lewis, Esq. Clynfiew; prize, to John Davies, Esq, Cardigan; highly commended, Mr James S. Evans, Cardigan; commended, W. H. Lewis, Esq.

    TWO-YEARS’ OLD COLOURED STEERS. Hon. prize, to Morgan Jones, Esq, Penlan 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Parker, Stepside; commended, W. H. Lewis, Esq.

    YEARLING COLOURED STEERS. Hon. prize, to W. H. Lewis, Esq; 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Parker, Stepside.

    SHEEP.—

    TWO-YEAR OLD LONG-WOOL RAM. Hon. prize, to W. H. Lewis, Esq 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Harris, Henllys; commended, Mr. Nicholson, Trevigin.

    YEARLING LONG WOOL RAM. Hon. prize, to G. D. Griffith, Esq, Berry Hill; 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr John George, Lantood.

    YEARLING LONG WOOL EWES. 1st Tenants’ prize to Mr John George, Lantood.

    LONG WOOL EWES OF ANY AGE. Hon. prize, to W. H. Lewis, Esq, Clynfiew; highly commended, Mr John George, Lantood; 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr E. Harris, Henllys.

    TWO-YEARS OLD SHORT WOOL RAM. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Dd. Owen, Alltybula.

    YEARLING SHORT WOOL RAM. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Dd. Owen, Alltybula.

    YEARLING SHORT WOOL EWES. Hon. prize, to W. H. Lewis, Esq, Clynfiew, 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Nicholas, Trevigin.

    SHORT WOOL EWES OF ANY AGE. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Nicholas, Trevigin; commended, W. H. Lewis, Esq, and S. E. Colby, Esq.

    PIGS-

    LARGE BOAR OF ANY AGE. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Benj. George, Cwmbettws.

    LARGE SOW OF ANY AGE. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr John George, Ffynoncoranau.

    SMALL BOAR OF ANY AGE. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr T. Williams, Penalltddu; hon. prize, to S. E. Colby, Esq, Ffynonne; highly com- mended, W. H. Lewis, E5q, Clynfiew, John Colby, Esq, Ffynonne, commended.

    SMALL SOW OF ANY AGE. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr E. Harries, Henllys; hon. prize, to A. H. S. Davies, Esq, Pentre; highly commended, ditto.

    HACKNEY BROOD MARES. 1st prize, to Mr James, Cawrance; 2nd prize, to Mr Evans. Eglwyswrw: highly commended, R. D. Jenkins, Esq, Pantirion: commended, Mr Hughes, Pencnwc.

    TWO-YEAR OLD HACKS. 1st Tenants’ prize, Mr Phillips, Treriffith; 2nd prize, Mr Evans, Plough, Eglwyswrw; commended, Mr James, Cawrance.

    YEARLING HACKS. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Phillips, Treriffith; 2nd prize to Mr Thomas, Parkneithew; commended, Mr W. Davies, Rhydybrenni.

    CART MARE AND COLT. 1st Tenants’prize, to Mr Phillips, Trerees; 2nd ditto, to ditto.

    TWO-YEAR OLD CART COLTS. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Nicholas, Trevigin; 2nd ditto, to Mr James, Cawrance; hon. prize, to Miss Fowkes, Ffynonddwfn; highly commended, Mr Phillips Treriffith, and Morgan Jones, Esq, Penlan.

    YEARLING CART COLTS. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Phillips, Treriffith; 2nd ditto, to Mr James, Cawrance.

    POULTRY. 1st Tenants’ prize, to Mr Nicholas, Trevigin—Spanish cock and hens; highly commended, R. D. Jenkins, Esq. —Bantam cock and hens. 1st Tenants’ prize, Mr Daniel Owen, Gwernmedd— Goose and Gander.

    The Judges were, Mr John Evans, Pontvane, Lampeter, Mr H. Hams, Vaynor, Narberth, Mr Morgan Evans, Mabus, and Mr Thomas Evans, Troedyraur, and the awards made are considered by them very satisfactory. The weather was remarkably fine, and the attendance good. In the afternoon an ordinary took place at Mr Parker’s, the Black Lion Hotel, where an excellent dinner was provided. Among the company present were—James Bowen, Esq, Troedyraur, the President, R. D. Jenkins, Esq, Vice-President, John Colby, Esq, S. E. Colby, Esq, A. S. Davies, Esq, F. Lascelles, Esq, W. D. Jones, Esq, Capt. Prichard, John Higgon, Esq, Scolton, Lort Phillips, Esq, Capt. Edwards, W. G. George, Esq, Thomas Davies, Esq John Davies, Esq, G. B. J. Jordan, Esq, Capt. Mosley. G. D. Griffith, Esq, John Davies, Esq, M. A. R. Lloyd Esq, Manerdify, J. Wadbrain, Esq, Glandwr, Mr Griffiths, Forest, Mr Phillips, Penalltcybwr, Mr James Cawrence, Mr Nicholas, Trevegin, Mr Harries, Henllys, Mr Harries, Cwmgloyne, Mr Williams, Trellyfan, Mr Parker, Stepside, Mr Rees, Hendre, Mr Owens, Alltybula, Mr Williams, Penalltddu, Mr Evans, Eglwyswrw, and many others...”

    1860 – The show was, apparently, well-supported once again. Mr W H Lewis was the Show President.

    1861 – The show was well-supported. Mr A H S Davies of Pentre was the Show President.

    1862 – Mr A H S Davies was the Show President again. The ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘ of 8th August 1862 included the following item:

    “…CARDIGANSHIRE. CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL CLUB.

    The annual show of this society was held on Thursday, the 31st ult. The show was exceedingly good, and evinced much improvement on those of previous years. Some very fine black cattle were shown by Mr O. Phillips, of Tregriffith. Very superior cattle of other breeds were shown, especially those of Mr Jones, Penlan. The horses were remarkably good. Some fine sheep were shown by Major Lewis, of Clynfiew. Mr Nicholas, Trevigin, exhibited some fine Yorkshire pigs. For the best three-year-old gelding or filly for general purposes, got by a thorough-bred horse. bred at the time of exhibition, owned by any person living within the limits of the Tivyside Hunt, a prize of £5, or a silver cup of that value, at the option of the winner, given by J. Colby, Esq., and A. S. Davies. First Prize, to Mr Gower, Castle Maelgwyn, three-year-old colt by Lochinvar. Highly commended, Mr Mathias, surgeon. Cardigan, three-year-old filly by Lochinvar. Commended, Mr Mathias, filly (by John 0′ Gaunt). The judges were for the horses, Mr Wadams, Saint Dogmells. Mr Walter Rees. Tregaron for the cattle, Mr Griffiths, cattle dealer, Forest, and Mr Mathias, Treleteid, near Fishguard...”

    1863 – The show was, again, considered to be of an excellent standard.

    1864 – The President of the Show, Dr. W. D. Jones, Lancych, gave a silver cup worth £5 for the best-cultivated farm in the Tivy-Side Hunt area, which was won by Mr. George, Cwmbettws. The show was followed by the usual annual luncheon at the Black Lion.

    1865 – Another successful show in terms of the numbers and quality of entries, and attendance. Mr Morgan Jones of Penylan was the Show President.

    1866 – Mr A Saurin of Kilwendeg was the Show President. The ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘ of 24th August 1866 included the following item:

    “…CARDIGAN. CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SHOW.

    This show was held on Thursday the 16th inst at the Recreation Ground. The weather was everything that could be wished.. The size of Horses and Sheep was better than in preceding years—many of the horses were really very superior animals. A (to the Cardigan folks especially) very interesting feature in the show was wanting, namely, Horned Cattle, for this show, which usually drew together large crowds of the townspeople, attracted little attention this year. The Judges were Mr Essex Harries, of Scolton, Haverfordfwest; and Mr G. Ormond, Williamston, Pembroke and for Poultry Major Bailie and Mr Dix, of Kilwendeg. The following is a list of the prizes conferred:—’

    FIRST CLASS.—HORSES, Brood Mares, other than cart or thorough-bred,1 foals. Honorary Prize, Major Lewis, Clynfiew. 1st Farmer’s Prize, Mr Parker, Stepside. 2nd ditto Mr D. Thomas Croesyforwyn; Highly Commended J. Griffiths, Esq., Forest…”

    1867 – Mr W Buck of Stradmore was the Show President. The ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘ of 9th August 1867 included the following report:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL CLUB.

    The annual exhibition of stock under the auspices of this society took place at Cardigan on Thursday last, the place of exhibition being the Priory Field, kindly lent for the purpose by R. D. Jenkins, Esq., the treasurer, and one of the chief supporters of the Society. Unfortunately the Privy Council orders, in reference to the Cattle Plague, prevent the removal of cattle from one county to another for the purpose; of exhibition, and consequently prizes were offered for horses, sheep, pigs, and poultry, and certainly the competing animals in some classes were superior to anything we have seen on former occasions. There was a numerous entry of horses, sheep, and pigs, and many excellent specimens were in the yard. Amongst exhibitors of horses, Major Lewis, of Clynfiew, Mr. Phillips, Treriffith, and R. D. Jenkins, Esq., as usual showed conspicuously and in sheep, Major Lewis, Clynfiew, Mr. Jones, Penlan, Col. Davies, Pentre, Mr. James, Cawrence, and Mr. Evans, Pantgwyn, were successful, the long wools and short wools being of superior quality. There was a decided improvement in pigs also, the Yorkshire and Berkshires being greatly admired. The judges were Mr. George Gwytber, of Hoplas, and Mr. Harries, of Vaynor, and the following list of awards appeared to give very general satisfaction :—

    HORSES. For the best brood mare, not less than 14 hands high, (other than a cart or thorough-bred) with her colt at her heels, the property of a subscriber, and to have been in his possession at least 12 months previous to exhibition at the show. £1, Mr. Parker, Stepsidc. The second best ditto, 10s. Mr Phillips, Treriffith. Commended, Col. Davies. The best colt or filly, (other than a cart or thorough-bred) rising 3 years old, 10s., honorary prize, R D. Jenkins, Esq, 1st farmer’s prize, Mr Evans Nantgwyn, bay colt by “Splendour.” The second best ditto, 7s. 6d. Mr James, Cawrence. Highly commended, ditto. Commended, Mr Evans, Troedyraur. The best yearling colt or filly (other than a cart or thorough-bred) 10s, Mr 0. Phillips, Treriffith, trot by “Compromise.” The second best ditto, 5s., Mr Davies, Cilfalien. Highly commended, Mr Thomas, Croesyforwyn. Commended, Mr. Davies, Cilfalien. Commended, Col. Daws, Pentre, filly by Compromise.” The best active cart mare, with her colt at her heels, the property of a subscriber, and to have been in his possession at, least 12 months previous to exhibition at the show, £ 1, Mr Harries, Henllys. The second best ditto, 10s., Mr James, Cawrence. Highly commended, Mr Davies. Cilfalien. The best cart colt or filly, rising 3 years old, 13s. The second best ditto, 7s. 6d. No entries. The best yearling cart colt or filly, 10s. The second best ditto, 5s. No entries. The best pony, not exceeding 18 hands high, 10s., Mrs George, Ffvnoncoranau:. The second best ditto, Mr Harries, Henllys. Highly commended, M. Jones, Esq., Fenian. The best mare, calculated to breed hunters, with a foal at her foot, got by a thorough-bred horse, or served by a thorough-bred horse. £1. Mr Phillips, Treriffith. The second best ditto, 10s., Major Lewis, Clynfiew. Highly commended, Mr Thomas, Croesyforwyn. Highly commended, Major Lewis, Clynflew.

    SHEEP. The best long wool raw, not less than 2 years old, and not exceeding 2 years old, £1 No entry. Ditto not less than 1 year old, and not exceeding 2 years old, 10s, Mrs George Ffynoncoranau. The best long wool lamb ram, 7s. 6d., honorary prize, Major Lewis, Clvnfiew. The best pen of Long wool ewe lambs, not less than 3 in number, 8s, 6d, honorary prize, Major Lewis, Clynfiew. Farmer’s prize, Mrs George, Ffynoncoranau. The best pen of long wool ewe lambs, not less than 3 in number, 7s 6d, honorary prize, Major Lewis, Clynfiew., Farmer’s prize, Mrs George, Ffynoncoranau. The best pen of long wool ewes, not less than 3 in number and not exceeding 2 years old, 10s., Mr James, Cawrence. The best pen of long wool ewes, not less than 3 in number, of any other age, 10s., Mr D. James, Cawrence. The best short wool ram. not less than 2 years old. and not exceeding 3 years old, £1, honorary prize, M. Jones Esq, Penylan. Farmer’s prize, Mrs George, Ffvnoncoranau. Ditto not less than 1 year old, and not exceeding 2 years 10s., honorary prize. Col. Davies, Pentre. Farmer’s prize, Mr Evans, Troedyraur. Best short wool lamb ram, 7s. 6d., honorary prize, Major Lewis, Clynfiew. Farmer’s prize, Mr John Evans. Highly commended, Col. Davies, Pentre. Best pen of short wool ewe lambs, not less than 3 in number, 7s. 6d. honorary prize, Major Lewis, Clynfiew. Farmer’s prize. Mr Evans, Pantgwyn. Highly commended, Col. Davies, Pentre. Best pen of short wool ewes, not less than 3 in number, and not exceeding 2 years old, 10s., honorary prize. Col. Davies, Pentre. Farmer’s prize, Mr Evans, Nantgwyn. Highly commended, Thomas Davies, Esq., Parkvprat. Commended, Morgan Jones, Esq., Penlan. Best pen of short wool ewes, not less than 3 in number, of any other age, 10s., honorary prize, Morgan Jones, Esq., Fenian. Farmer’s prize Mr Evans, Troedyraur. Highly commended. Major Lewis. Clynview ditto Mr G. Jones, Trevigin. D. Jenkins, Esq Col. Davies, Pentre.

    PIGS. The best large boar, of any age, 15s., honorary prize, R D, Jenkins Esq. Farmer’s prize, Mr Jones. Trevigin. The best large sow, of any age, 15s. Mr Harries, Henllvs. The best small boar, of any age, 15s, Mr G. Jones, Trevigin. The best small sow, of any age, 10s., honorary prize, R. D. Jenkins, Esq., Farmer’s prize, Mr Evans, Nantgwyn. Commended, Col. Davies, Pentre ;Wm., Buck, Esq.

    POULTRY. The best cock and two hens, of any breed, 3s, Mr. George, Llantood. The best turkey cock and hen, 3s, honorary prize, R. D. Jenkins, Esq. Farmer’s prize Mr. Jones, Trevigin: The best gander and goose, 3s, Mr. George, Llantood. The best drake and two ducks, 3s, Mr G. Jones, Trevigin.

    EXTRA STOCK. The best colt, honorary prize, Mr. Griffiths, Forrest. The best aged ram, long wool, honorary prize. M. Jones. Esq, Penlan. Highly commended, Mr George, Ffvnoncoronau, Premium given by J. Colby, Esq, and A. H. S. Davies, Esq., The best three-year old gelding or filly, £ 5, or a silver cup. Major Lewis, Clvnfiew, colt “Hotspur.” by “Hospodar” (dam by “Melbourne”, winner of the 1st prize as two year old at the United Counties Society at Carmarthen, in 1863. Highly commended, Mr Phillips, Treriffith, by “Hospodar.” Premiums given by W. Buck Esq.. The best mare or filly, £1. 10s, Major Lewis, Clvnfiew. The best ram, of any age or breed, £1, Col. Davies, Pentre. The best pen of 3 ewes of any age or breed, £ 1; M. Jones. Esq, Penlan. The best boar, of any age or breed, 15s. Col. Davies. The best sow, of any age or breed, 10s, R. D. Jenkins, Esq. Challenge Cup, given by J. E. Rees, Esq. For the best sucking foal, got by any thorough-bred horse belonging to the said J. E. Rees, Mr D. Thomas, Gellyorlas.

    In the afternoon, an Ordinary took place at the Black Lion Hotel, and was attended by about 40 persons. The chair was occupied by W. Buck, Esq. of Stradmore, the president of the year, and the vice-chair by T. H. Brenchley, Esq. of Glaneirw. The Chairman proposed the loyal and patriotic toasts, which were succeeded by the” Bishop and clergy of the diocese, and ministers of all denominations.” This latter toast was responded to by the Rev. D. Lewis, of Llandugwydd, in a very appropriate speech. The Chairman next proposed the health of the members of the boroughs and county of Cardigan, coupling with the toast the name of Sir T. D. Lloyd. Sir Thomas in reply, congratulated himself upon being for the first time at the exhibition of stock at Cardigan, and stated that he had become a member of the society, and intended to offer prizes for the best crops of barley and oats, a step, he believed, calculated to do a great deal of good. He will give a prize of five guineas, to be divided at the discretion of the committee. The Chairman then proposed the health of the member for the county of Pembroke. Mr Bowen, M.P., acknowledged the toast, and remarked that although he had attended these meetings on many occasions, he never saw better stock than he had seen in the yard to-day. The health of the successful competitor brought Major Lewis on his legs, and in the course of a very excellent speech he congratulated the farmers of the neighbourhood upon the progress they had made in the rearing and breeding of stock within the past, few years. The horses were very creditable, and the sheep and pigs were unsurpassed in in any part of Wales.

    The Vice-Chairman, in very complimentary terms proposed the health of the chairman, who as a farmer was second to none in this part of the county as evidenced by the sp1endid appearance of his estate. The Chairman, in reply, expressed his regret that the orders in Council prevented him from being an exhibitor on this occasion, but he hoped that by next year the restrictions would be removed, and he should then be in a position to exhibit some cattle which he hoped would meet the eye of the judges. Major Lewis, in very complimentary terms, proposed the health of R. D. Jenkins Esq., who had been the chief supporter of the Society since its formation, and to whom the landowners and farmers were greatly indebted for the improvement which had been effected in the breeding of stock through the influence of the Society. Mr Jenkins, in acknowledging the toast, said he would not attempt to deny that he had from the commencement of the Society taken a warm interest in its welfare, and proud to find that it had done some good to the neighbourhood. He appealed to the company whether the state of agriculture in the immediate neighbourhood was now very different to what it was when the Society was established It was not attributed solely to the Society, but he ventured to say that a greater improvement had taken place since its formation than had been effected during the previous quarter of a century. He was sorry they were prohibited from exhibiting horned stock this year. He had called at the office in London, and found that the orders in Council were so strict that the Queen herself could not bring an animal across the Tivy for exhibition. Some persons had been of the opinion that because cattle could not be shown it would be impolite to hold an exhibition this year at all. He was of a different opinion, and believed that if they had discontinued their annual exhibition for a year or two, it would be a work of the greatest difficulty to get up an exhibition in this place again. The exhibition in the yard was, however, but of small importance, comparatively, and he regretted that a larger number of gentlemen and farmers did not attend the dinner, where they would have an opportunity of discussing topics of the greatest importance and interest to the agriculturist. The meeting shortly afterwards terminated…”

    1868 – Mr T H Brenchley of Glaneirw was the Show President. On 7th August 1868 the following appeared in the ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘:

    “…CARDIGAN. CARDIGAN CATTLE SHOW.

    The annual cattle show in connection with the Cardigan Agricultural Club took place on Thursday week, at Pontycleifion, Cardigan. The judges were: Messrs Griffiths, Llawhaden, Currie. Great Vaynor; and James, Talybont, Narberth. The exhibition proved small, but some beasts were of superior quality. excelling those of former years. Those exhibited by Mr. R. D. Jenkins, Pantirion, attracted much notice. It is said that he intends exhibiting two black bullocks at the next Smithfield Cattle Show, no doubt their meed of praise will follow them, into that quarter also. The following is an analysis of the proceedings —

    CATTLE ‘-1st Class.—The best pure black bull two years old and not exceeding three years old, £ 1 -There being only one sent in, and no merit in that case, the prize was withheld. The second yearling ditto, £1 Mr George Trefigin. The second best ditto, 5s. Mr J. George, Llantood.. 2nd Class. The best bull of any other pure breed two years old, and not exceeding three years old, Honorary prize, Mr J. Colby, Ffynone highly commended. Mr A. H. S. Davies, Pentre. The best yearling Honorary prize, Mr Jenkins, Pantirion commended, Major Lewis, Clvnfiew. 3rd Class.—The best pure bred black milch cow, at three years old (must be giving milk at the time of exhibition), £ 1, Mr O. Phillips, Havod Grove; for the 2nd best ditto, Mr John Evans, Nantgwyn highly commended Mr T. Davies, Parkyprat. 4th Class.—The best black heifer, two years old, Honorary prize, Mr Wm. Mathias, Pencoed, another heifer of his was also highly commended. prize, Mr. Phillips, Havod Grove. 5th Class.—The best yearling black heifer, two years old, 10s. Mr S. Gwyon, Pontcarreg; the second best 5s, Mr E. Harries, Henllys. 6th Class.—The best pair of black two-year-old steers £ 1; Honorary prize, Mr Mathias, Pencoed; prize, Phillips, Havod Grove.  7th Clnss.—The best pair of black yearling steers. Mr Phillips, Havod Gro»e; highly commended, J. Griffiths (Forest), Harries (Henllys), and Gwyon Pontcurry. 8th Class.—The best milch-cow, above three years old of any other kind, either pure or cross bred (must be giving milk when exhibited), Honorary prize, Mr Colby, Ffvnone; commended, Mr Davies, Pentre; prize, Thomas. Croesyforwvn. 9th Class.—The best heifer, two years old, of any other kind, either pure or cross bred, 10s: Honorary prize, Mr Jenkins, Pantirion he also exhibited four others, one of which was highly commended, and the three others, commended. 10th Class.-The best yearling heifer, of any other kin & either pure or cross bred, 5s honorary prize, Mr Davies Pentre. 11th Class.—The best pair of two-year-old steers, of any other kind, either pure or cross bred, 15s honorary prize – Mr Davies, Pentre. 12th Class.- The best pair of yearling steers, of any other kind, either pure or cross bred, 7s 6d honorary prize, Mr Davies, Pentre; prize, Mr Thomas Evans, New Mill…

    …A dinner took place at the Black Lion Hotel in the evening, to which nearly forty sat down. The chair occupied by Capt. Jones Parry, Tvllwyd, and vice-chair by Mr R D. Jenkins, Pantirion,..”

    1869 – The show was held, as usual, at Priory Field, Pontycleifion. Captain S H Jones Parry of Tyllwyd was the Show President. The number of classes increased again in the animal sections. Amongst the trade stands, Mr. Timothy Thomas of Cardigan’s Bridge-End Foundry exhibited his patented portable grinding mills, driven by a small portable steam engine.

    1870 – A first-rate show with a large number of entries. Mr Morgan Jones was the Show President.

    1871 – The fine weather contributed to another successful show, the exhibitors including Mrs Gower, Castell Malgwyn; Mr. Bowen, Troedyraur; and Mr. Parker of Stepside. Captain Jones Parry of Tyllwyd was the Show President.

    1872 – Mr J Colby of Ffynone was the Show President. Mr William Joseph was the Show Secretary in 1872-78. The following article appeared in the ‘Pembrokeshire Herald’ on 09/08/1872:

    “…CARDIGAN CATTLE SHOW.

    The show in connection with the Cardigan Agricultural Club was held on Thursday in the Priory Meadow, lent as usual by Mr R. D. Jenkins. The prize list is by no means a liberal one, and this, amongst other reasons, might account for the small number of animals exhibited, which was far below the average of other years. Heifers (black and coloured) and sheep were tolerably represented. Amongst the horses and bulls there were a few animals of considerable merit. On the whole the quality of the Stock exhibited was good. Mr Colby gave a special prize of £5.and Mr R. D. Jenkins £2. The weather was unfavourable for visitors, and before the work of the judges was over rain descended in torrents accompanied by severe thunder and lightning. At the dinner, which took place at the Black Lion—Mr Boultbee in the chair, and Mr R. D. Jenkins. treasurer, vice chairman—there was an interesting discussion on the feeding of stock. The judges for sheep and horses were Mr Harries, Vaynor, and Mr J. J. Evans, Cwmbychan; and for cattle and pigs, Mr Jenkins, Pantyphillip, and Mr. Evans, Posty, Narberth, whose awards gave universal satisfaction.

    The following is the Prize List:— CATTLE. Best pure black bull, two years old, and not exceeding three—1st, Rev Mr Richardson, Glasdir 2nd, Mr W. Jones, Trevigin. Best yearling bull—1st, Mr Evans, Llwyngrawys; 2nd,-Mr Phjllips,- Trerees. Best bull of any other pure breed, two years old and not exceeding three —Prize, Major Lewis, Clynfiew. Best yearling bull of any other pure breed—1st Mr G. Evans, Blaenwenen 2nd, Mr R. D. Jenkins, Pantirion. Best pure bred black milch cow, above, three years old, giving milk when exhibited—1st, Mr T. Davies, Parkyprat; 2nd Mr Evans, Troedyraur commended, do.: Best black heifer two years old—1st, Mr Evans, Llwyngrawis 2nd, Mr Evans, Llwyngrawis highly commended, Mr W. Mathias, Pencoed. Best yearling black heifer— lst, Mr Evans, Llwyngrawis; 2nd, Mr. Davies, Parkyprat; highly commended, Mr W. Mathias, Pencoed. Best pair of black two year old steers—Prize, Mr Evans,- Llyngrawis. Beat pair or best yearling steers—Mr R. D. Jenkins, Pantirion; highly recommended, Mr W. Mathias, Pencoed…

    …AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS. To the labourer who shall have best brought up the greatest number of legitimate children, not less than five in number, in habits of industry, without parochial relief—No entries. SPECIAL PRIZE offered by Mr JOHN COLBY Best black cow-Prize, Mr Evans, Troedyraur. Best coloured cow—Prize. Mr Jones, Trevigin. Best pen of three ewes-

    Prize, Mr Evans, Troedyraur; highly commended, Mr Jones, Trevigin. Best cart mare, calculated to breed good cart horses —Prize, Mr G. Mathias, Frochest: highly commended, Mr Evans, Troedyraur.  Best hackney mare, calculated to breed good roadsters- Prize, Mr Hughes, Penybengloir. MR R. D. JENKINS’S PRIZE. To be competed for by Tenant Farmers paying less than £50 annual rent. Best cow of any colour- Prize, Mr J. Jones, Dolgoch. Best pen of three ewes—No entries. Best two year old heifer of any breed—No entries. Best sow—No entries…”

    1873 – Mr Thomas Davies of Bank House, High Street, Cardigan, was the Show President. On 8th August 1873 the following appeared in the ‘Cambrian News‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL CLUB.

    Under the Presidency of Messrs T. Davies, Bank House, and T. R. P. Wagner, Manoreifed (vice), a cattle show was held on Thursday, July 31st, in connection with the above club, in the Priory meadow, kindly lent by Mr R. D. Jenkins. On the whole the animals exhibited were of excellent quality, but few in number…”

    1874 – Captain H Jones was the Show President. There was concern expressed that the younger generation were not getting involved.

    1875 – Colonel Lewis of Clynfiew was the Show President. On 6th August 1875 the following item appeared in ‘Cambrian News‘:

    “…CATTLE SHOW.

    The annual cattle show in connection with the Cardigan Agricultural Show, took place in the usual field on Pontycleifion, on Thursday, the 29th July. The show this year was a little superior to those of former years, the number of animals exhibited being greater, and described by the judges to be of very high merit. In the classes for black cattle the prizes for the best two year old bull was awarded to Mr T. Llewellyn, Glanymor; the prize for the best yearling bull being awarded to Mr. Mathias, Penvcoed. There were eleven entries in the class for black cows, Mr Thomas Davies and Mr Evans, Llwyngrawys, taking first and second prizes respectively. In the coloured classes, the prize for the two year old bull of the shorthorn breed was taken by Colonel Lewis, Clynfiew, and the second by Mr Jenkins, Pantirion. Two animals only were exhibited in the class for yearling bulls. The prize for the best milch cow of any breed was awarded to Mr Wigham, Castellmalgwyn, the other classes being well competed for by the above and other celebrated breeders. In the classes for sheep, many of the prizes for long wools were taken by Col. Lewis, Clynfiew, and Mrs George, Ffynnon Coranau. Pigs were as usual a small collection. The classes for horses were well competed for in every instance, those exhibited being really animals of rare merit. The show field was attended during the day by a large number of persons. The judges were Mr M. Hartley, Plasybridell, Mr W., Evans, Posty, Bletherston, and Mr Jenkins, Pantyphillip, Fishguard. At three o’clock, the usual dinner in connection with the show was held at the Guild Hall, and was provided by Mr Trollip, confectioner. About thirty persons sat down, presided over by Colonel Lewis, Clvnfiew, the president of the club for the present year. After the removal of the cloth, the usual after dinner speeches and toasts were given, and duly responded to…”

    1876 – Mr C M Griffith was the Show President. On 26th August 1876 the following appeared in the ‘Aberystwyth Observer’:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

    The annual exhibition in connection with this society took place at Cardigan, on Wednesday, the 16th inst. Great credit is due to Mr. R. D. Jenkins, of Pantirion, for the support he has rendered to the society since its establishment in 1854, and to Mr. Joseph, the secretary. The judges at the show were Mr. John Evans, Pontfaen, Lampeter, Mr. Davies, Alleston, Pembroke and Mr. Palmer, Berry Hill, Newport, Pembrokeshire. The annual dinner took place at the Lion Hotel, in the afternoon. The catering of Mr. Parker gave every satisfaction. Mr C. Marshall Griffith, president of the society, occupied the chair and Mr. J. B. Bowen, M.P., the vice-president, the vice-chair. Amongst others present were: Col. Lewis, Clynfiew Capt. Jones Parry, Tyllwyd; Mr. T Davies, and Mr. R. D. Jenkins. The customary toasts were given and responded and during the evening the…list of the winners was read by Mr. Joseph…”

    1877 – Mr J B Bowen, M P, of Llwyngwair, was the Show President. On 25th August 1877 the following appeared in the ‘Aberystwyth Observer‘:

    “…CARDIGAN CATTLE SHOW.

    The annual show of the Cardigan Agricultural Club was held on Thursday, under the presidency of Mr J B Bowen, M.P., and the vice-presidency of Mr T E Lloyd, M.P. The judges were: for cattle and sheep, Messrs Mathias, Llangloffan and Richards, Mathry. Horses and pigs—Messrs Griffiths, Ffrwd, Lampeter and Harris, Scolton. The show was on the whole a very good one...”

    1878 – Mr T E Lloyd, M P, of Coedmore, was the Show President. The ‘Cardiff Times‘ of 3rd August 1878 included the following item:

    “…CARDIGAN CATTLE SHOW.

    The annual cattle show was held at Cardigan, on Thursday, in the Priory field, Pontycleifion (kindly lent by Mr Saville Miles for the occasion). The president was Mr Thomas Edward Lloyd, M.P. Coedmore, and the vice-president Mr J. T. W. James, Pantsaeson. The show, on the whole, was a very fair one. The judges were— cattle and sheep—Messrs J. Griffiths, Penally, Tenby, and Samuel Davies, Cilfidlen, Newcastle Emlyn horses and pigs—Messrs Joseph Thomas, BlaiddbwIl, Llanfyrnach, and Mr James, Aberalwyn, Whitland. Treasurer, Mr R. D. Jenkins secretary, Mr William Joseph, who was indefatigable in his exertions to make the show a success…

    …An ordinary was provided by Mr Trollip at the Guildhall at three o’clock p. m. The president presided, and the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were proposed and responded to…”

    1879 – The show was not held in 1879-81, partly due to a lack of support. In 1882 and 1883 attempts were made to revive it, but to no avail. There were no more Cardigan County Agricultural Shows held until 1898.

    1898 – In 1898-1902 Mr W Lewis of Lloyd’s Bank, Cardigan, was the Treasurer of the Show. In 1898-1926 Mr D Morgan Jones, Cardigan’s Town Clerk, was the Secretary of the Show. On 27th August 1898 the following item appeared in the ‘Cardiff Times‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

    Some months ago a number of the foremost agriculturists of the neighbourhood, energetically backed by Mr Morgan-Richardson (mayor), decided on resuscitating the old Cardigan Agricultural Society, the result being the excellent show held at Netpool Farm Field on Tuesday. Besides the usual exhibits in such shows. several new features were introduced, such as a prize for the best pair of agricultural horses driven in a cart, riding, driving, jumping, and a number of special prizes. A very good feature connected with membership is that offered by the president of the society (Mr Morgan-Richardson), namely to send one cow for service by a pedigree bull at Noyaddwilym between July 1898 and March 1899, free of charge. The show was open to the counties of Cardigan, Carmarthen, and Pembroke. The duties of secretary were ably performed by Mr D. M. Jones, town clerk, who, together with the Executive Committee, is responsible for the excellence of the arrangements. The entries numbered 480. The judges were the following :— Horses, Mr W. Gibbs, Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, and Mr Robert Jones, Brunswick-place, Swansea cattle, sheep, pigs, &c., Mr Percival, Walcott Park, Ludbury, Salop, and Mr E. Evans, Maesmynach. The exhibits were of excellent quality, every class being well filled, and it can be said without exaggeration that the show was a grand success. The Volunteer Band played selections of music...”

    1899 – On 5th August 1899 the following item appeared in the ‘Weekly Mail‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. SECOND ANNUAL SHOW.

    The second annual show of the Cardigan Agricultural Society took place in the Netpool Field, Cardigan, on Wednesday, under the presidency of Major E. J. Webley Parry Pryse, Noyadd Trefawr, and an influential executive committee, headed by the mayor (Mr. C. Morgan Richardson). The entries far exceeded those of last year in coloured cattle, sheep, and horses. The black cattle lairs were poorly filled, only showing eleven exhibits in five classes. Coloured cattle were 171, as against 143 last year, and were a magnificent lot. Throughout the sheep were fully up to last year, with a small margin in favour, and pigs showed some excellent specimens. Horses were a good lot, the agricultural horses, especially, being remarkably good. Hackneys showed an advance of 20. Pony classes were good, and harness classes about the same, as were also cobs. Three new features were introduced into the show, namely, classes for hunters, mares, and geldings suitable for colliery work. and a class for tradesmen’s turnouts for horse and vehicle used solely for business purposes within the borough of Cardigan. The judges were: — Light horses, Mr. T. D. John, Cardiff; heavy horses, Mr. W. Thompson, Desford; coloured cattle, Mr. Thomas Thomas, Penybedd; black cattle, Mr. J. W. Harries, Llandilo Abercowin; sheep and pigs, the cattle judges. The whole of the arrangements were carried out under the superintendency of Mr. D. M. Jones, the town-clerk. and were pronounced excellent. The judges declared the classes for coloured cattle to be about the best they had seen in South Wales, and the horses were grand throughout. The Mayor’s Champion Prize for the best bull or bull calf in the yard, open only to farmers residing within fifteen miles of Cardigan, was won by Mr L William Morris, Trecefn-issa. In the harness class for mares and geldings over 15 hands, an animal belonging to the Rev. Mr. James, Aberduar, a prize-taker at the Crystal Palace Show, took first honours...”

    1900 – A successful show with numerous entries was held at the Netpool. Mr John Vaughan Colby of Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran, was the Show President.

    1901 – The ‘Cardiff Times‘ of 24th August 1901 reported the following:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SHOW,

    The annual show, which is held under the auspices of the Cardigan Agricultural Society, and open to the counties of Cardigan, Carmarthen, and Pembroke, took place on Wednesday, at Netpool Field, Cardigan, in delightful weather. The president was Colonel J. R. Howell, Pantgwyn, the secretary Mr D. Morgan Jones, and the treasurer Mr R Jones, manager of the National Provincial Bank, with an influential executive committee. The exhibits were fully equal to 1ast year’s, both as regards number and quality, and the attendance was numerous. The financial position of the society is good, the subscriptions, admission fees, etc., last year amounting to about £ 150, leaving a balance of £5 12s 5d in hand. The Tycroes Brass Band was in attendance and played a selection of music during the day. The judges were: Hackneys, roadsters, cobs, etc.—Mr A. W. Hickling, Adbolton, Nottingham; agricultural horses—Mr George Potter, The Beeches, Sibbertorf. Market Harborough shorthorn cattle—Mr Footman, Hafodwen, Carmarthen; black cattle, sheep, and pigs—Mr Henry Parry, Glanyrafon, Pontrog, Carnarvonshire. In the black bull class the contest was so close that the judges had to divide the class into aged and young, giving the society’s prizes to the aged and his own prizes to the young…”

    1902 – On 1st August 1902 the following item appeared in the ‘Pembrokeshire Herald‘:

    “…Cardigan Agricultural Show.

    The annual show of the Cardigan Agricultural Society was held at the Netpoool Field, Cardigan, on Wednesday under the presidency of Col. W. Picton Evans, Treforgan. Mr R. E. Jones, National Provincial Bank, acted as the treasurer, and the secretary duties were efficiently performed by Mr D. M. Jones, Town Clerk. The entries this year totalled 561, and were, generally speaking, of good quality, especially the horses and coloured cattle. The show was well patronised, though there was a complaint that it was held a fortnight too early to suit the farmers. The principal awards were as follows.—

    Cattle. — Black (Welsh bred). — Bull — W. Phillips, Glanduad. Cow in milk-I. W. Phillips. Heifer over 2 years and under 3-D. Evans, Dyffryn, Llanboidy. Heifer under 2 years—1 and 2 divided between D. Evans, Dyffyn, Llanboidy, and E. and W. Havard, Crugian. Any other breed-Bull-P. Lewis, Pantglas. Yearling bull under 2 years—Benjamin James, Cwmgloyne. Bull calf-T. Devonald, Cawrence. Cow in milk —David Jones, Llwynpiod. Heifer calf or milk —Mary Rowlands, Mount Pleasant, St. Dogmells. Heifer over 12 months and under two years— John Evans, Glastyr. Pair of two-year-old steers-Griffith Lewis, Pantirion. Heifer calf, bred by exhibitor—William Jones, Llwyngrawys. Pair of yearling steers-Griffith Lewis, Pantirion. Open Class.-Bull-P. Lewis, Pantglas. Yearling hull-Executors of the late Mrs Lewis, Clynfiew. Bull calf-J. V. Colby, Rhosygilwen. Cow in milk-C. Morgan Richardson. Heifer in calf or milk-J, V. Colby. Heifer- C. Morgan Richardson. Heifer calf-J. V. Colby. Channel Island cow—Mrs Pritchard, The Priory. Sheep.—Ram—J. George, Ffynoncoranan. Yearling ram—John Thomas, Penrallt, Danfallteg. Ram lamb-J. George, Ffynoncoranan. Ewes-Jacob Morris, Pantygrwndy. Yearling ewes-Jacob Morris, Pantygrwndy. Ewe lambs -J. George, Ffynoncoranan.

    PIGS. Sows (Welsh breed)—W. S. Davies. Old Castle Farm. Boar (any breed)—J. Griffiths, Trewern. Sow (any breed)—Mrs Pritchard, The Priory. Milch cows—Wm. Evans, Trylan; Agricultural Horses.-Brood mare—John Evans, Trefaesfawr. Mare or gelding J. Wynford Philipps, M.P. Three-year-old mare or gelding— David Evans, Llwyncadfor. Colt or filly—Executor of the late Mrs Lewis, Clynfiew. Suckling—John Evans, Trefaesfawr. Agricultural horses-Jacob Morris, Pantygrwndy. Brood mare with foal at foot — Thomas James, Myrtle Hill. Mare or gelding not under 15 hands-B. Evans, Blaencilillech, Mydrim. Filly or gelding, 2 years-John Jones, Tanyreglwys. Colt or filly, 1 year—Thomas James, Myrtle Hill. Suckling—J. E. Thomas, Treial. Hack-David Evans, Llwyncadfor. Pony I mtre,—D. Davies, Newcastle Emlvn. Brood pony —J. M. Philipps, Treriffith. Sucker—D. Davies, Blaenffos. Champion Prizes Bull and pure Short Horn- P. Lewis, Pantglas Heifer (bull or bull calf)- P. Lewis, Pantglas; black beast-David Evans, I Llanboidy. Special Prizes Sucker by Scaresdale Rocket— John Evans, Trefaes-fawr sucker by Blarney Griffith James, Penlan-fach sucker by Seldom I Seen—Evan Jones, Trefigyn sucker by Myrtle I Gentleman—J. E. Thomas. Treial; sucker by New Peer—J. E. Thomas; best mare served by Agility—Thomas James, Myrtle Hill; sucker by Bouncing Charlie (over 15 hands)— Mrs Lewis. New Peer—J. E. Thomas; best mare served by Agility—Thomas James, Myrtle Hill; sucker by Bouncing Charlie (over 15 hands)— Mrs Lewis. T, Nantllan ditto, dam (under 15 hands)—Mrs Phillips, Boncath.

    HARNESS CLASS. Mare or pelding (over 15 hands)—D. Davies, Mare or gelding (over 15 hands)—D. Davies, Emlyn. Pony, mare, or gelding, not exceeding 13.2—1, J. Williams, Rhydfach, Llandyssul. Mare or gelding (under 15 hands)—1, James James, Trefwtial. Mare or gelding any height or age- 1. Mrs Lewis, Nantllan. Pair of horses—1, Mr E. Robinson, Boncath, Cob, mare, or gelding, any age, (over 13.2 and under 15 hands)—1, J. Davies, Ivy House, Penybryn.

    HUNTERS, JUMPERS &c. Two-year-old, got by a thoroughbred-I, J. Wynford Philipps. Yearling ditto—1, J. Wynford Philipps. Jumper any age (open)-l, J. J. Rees, Llwynfortane, Nantgaredig. Tradesmen’s turnout -1, S. Morgan, butcher, T. N. Rees and Co., Cardigan…”

    1903 – On 21st August 1902 the following article appeared in the ‘Cambrian News‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL SHOW.

    The annual show of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, etc., as well as jumping competitions and trotting matches, was held on Wednesday, August 12th, at Netpool Field, Cardigan, under the presidency of Mr. Augustus Brigstocke, Blaenpant, with Messrs. D. Ivor Evans, Dolwerdd, and J M. Phillipps, Treriffith, as field managers. The show was open to the three counties—Cardigan, Carmarthen, and Pembroke. The entries this year were very numerous, numbering about 950 in all departments. There had been added to the usual list of prizes this year, two attractive features, namely, the offer of £10, £4, and £2 prizes, to the best jumpers, and of two classes for trotting. Another attraction was the announcement of a balloon ascent and a parachute descent in the afternoon, which was a novelty in this part of the country. The Judges were:—Agricultural Horses, Mr. R. Jones, Trwst-Llewelyn, Garthmyl. Montgomeryshire. Hackneys, Hunters, Cobs, Riding and Harness Classes, Mr. John Hill, Marshbrook House, Church Stretton. Shorthorn Cattle, Mr. D. Burnett, The Farm Golden Grove Black Cattle, Mr. W G. James, Panty-Phillip, Dwrbach. Sheep and Pigs, Mr. James Ballantine, Penyfai, Llanelly. The duties of Secretary were ably performed by Mr. D. Morgan Jones, Town Clerk, assisted by a strong Executive Committee and Stewards. The weather was all that could be desired, and the show proved a perfect success in every respect, the best ever held in this part of the country. At the luncheon Mr. Vaughan Davies, M.P., and Mr. J. Wynford Philipps, M.P., spoke on questions relative to agriculture. A little after six p.m., after the conclusion of the show, a fine balloon ascent and parachute descent, took place in the field used for the recent sports, in the presence of an immense crowd of spectators. This was brought about because, at the recent sports of the Cycling Club, an ascent did not take place owing to a squall having driven the balloon roughly against the flue providing the hot air. The Cycling Sports Committee felt it their duty to give the public the gratuitous pleasure of witnessing the ascent, as such a large crowd had come to the sports for the purpose of seeing the ascent….”

    1904 – Another highly successful show, which turned a decent profit. Mr Edward Robinson of Boncath was the Show President.

    1905 – On 11th August 1905 the ‘Cambrian News‘ carried the following report:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SHOW.

    In showery weather, the Cardigan Agricultural Show was held on Wednesday, at Netpool Field, which was very conveniently laid out for all classes, with spacious rings to show and parade the animals when required. The entries were about 500, and the exhibits possessed great merit, especially the horses and coloured cattle and were numerous. There was a good show of agricultural implements, steam engines, sheep dipping, butter making, etc. The judging did not commence till after eleven o’clock. The weather improved in the afternoon and was very fine. This year’s president is Mr Lewis Bowen, Clynfiew. The judges were—For horses, Messrs. T. Green, Welshpool; and Robert Richards, Knockin, Oswestry, for shorthorns. Mr Marsh, Pembroke; black cattle, sheep and pigs Mr Davies. Penylan, Llanwrda; and butter making, Miss Griffiths, Penally Court. The following is a list of awards—

    BLACK CATTLE (Welsh Breed.) Class A. (Open to farmers who earn their living principally by farming). Bull not exceeding two years old.—1, J. M. Evans, Bletherston; 2 Henry A. Thomas, Mountain Hall. Bull exceeding two years old.—1, James Griffiths, Trewern, Nevern. Cow in Milk, or to calve within three months after show. If cow in calf, prize to be paid when calf is dropped.—1, J. M. Evans. Bletherston 2. Mrs Nicholas Pantygwiddil; hc, W. J. Williams, Penalltddu; c, James Griffiths, Trewern John Jenkins, Berllan. Heifer Orer two years and under three years old.—1, John Jenkins, Berllan; 2, ditto. Heifer under two years old.—1, Wm Evans Llantood; 2 W. J. Williams, Penalltddu; 3, J. M. Evans, Bletherson..

    CHAMPION PRIZE. Silver Goblet for best Black Beast in show, given by Mr J. Wynford Philipps, M.P. Note.—No animal is eligible to compete that has ever won a cup given by Mr Philipps at any show in South Wales. The goblet to be won twice (but not necessarily in succession), before it becomes the property of the competitor. 1, Mr Wm. Evans, Pentood who also won in 1904. Class A.—(Open to Farmers who earn their living principally by farming.) Bull exceeding two years.—1, D. Jones, Llwynpiod 2, W. S. Davies, Old Castle Farm; vhc. Wm. Morris, Trecefnissaf; r Stephen James, Ffynoncrippil; c, Evan Davies, Cwm-coednerth; c, J. M. Philipps. Treriffith. Yearling Bull over twelve months and under two years old.—1, Chas. LI. Evans, Cefncwrt; 2, H. M. Evans, Alltybwla, Cenarth; Bull calf under twelve months.—1 and 2, Evan Davies, Cwmcoednerth r, Henry Davies Penalltybie vhc, Messrs Parry, Gwarllwyn; c, D. S. Jones, Castlemalgwyn. Cow in milk, or to calve within three months, 1. Dd. Jones. Llwynpiod; 2, Wm. Morris, Trecefnissaf; vhc, Thomas Jones, Lacka r Thomas Evans, Llwynduris. Heifer in calf or milk over two years and under three, l and 2. Dd Jones, Llwynpiod; r, Thomas Evans, Llwynduris. Heifer over twelve months and under two years.—1, William Morris, Trecefniss.a; 2, Thomas James, Ffynoncyff; r, E. Evans, Vaynor Pair of two-year-old steers of any breed or cross, 1. Dd Jones, Llwynpiod; 2. G. Lewis, Pantirion. Heifer calf under twelve months bred by exhibitor.-I, Thomas Evans, Llwynduris; 2. Thomas James, Ffynoncyff.. Pair of yearling steers.—1, G. Lewis, Pantirion: 2 Thomas James, Ffynoncyff; r, William Morris, Trecefnissaf.

    CATTLE OF ANY OTHER BREED. Class B.-(Open to all comers.) Bull exceeding two years.—1, J V Colby, Ffynone; 2, Dd Jones Llwvynpiod r, W. Davies. Old Castle. Yearling bull over twelve months.—1, Chas LI. Evans, Cefncwrt; 2, C E D Morgan- Richardson, Morgenau; r, H. M. Evans, Alltybwla. p -n Bull calf under twelve months.—l, C. Morgan-Richardson, Morgenau 2, T E Lewis-Bowen, Clynfiew; r, Evan Davies, Cwmcoed; Cow in milk, or to calf within three months after show.-l. Dd Jones. Llwynpiod; 2 C E D Morgan-Richardson, Morgenau; r, E Evans Vaynor. Heifer’ in calf or in milk, over two years and under three years.—1, Dd Jones, Llwynpiod; 2, Thomas James. Ffynoncyff. Heifer over twelve months and under two years. and 2 Dr Lynn Thomas, Stradmore r Thomas James, Ffynoncyff. Heifer calf under twleve months (bred by exhibitor).-I Thomas Evans Llwynduris; 2, C E D Morgan-Richardson, Morgenau; r, T E Lewis-Bowen, Clynfiew. Channel Island Cow—Jersey, Guernsey, or Alderney-—1, and r Mrs Pritchard, The Priory; 2 Mrs D. If or Evans, Dolwerdd.

    CHAMPION PRIZES – Bull or calf in the show field, £ 5 Given by C E D Morgan-Richardson, Morgenau.  Open only to farmers residing within fifteen miles of Cardigan (see Note Class. A.), who earn their living principally by farming.-D Jones, Llwynpiod, Cardigan. Pure-bred shorthorn cow, heifer or heifer calf in the show field (Black cattle excepted), £ 5 given by Mr J V Colby, Ffynone. Open only to farmers who earn their living principally by farming (see note Class A).—I, Jones Llwynpiod, Cardigan…”

    1906 – On 24th August 1906 the ‘Cambrian News‘ carried the following item:

    “…Cardigan Agricultural Show.

    The agricultural show was held on Wednesday, August 16th, under the presidency of Dr J Pritchard, the Priory, who spared neither trouble nor expense in making the show a. success and succeeded in his object beyond expectations. The president has spent hundreds of pounds in providing up-to-date fixtures for the various departments, as well as special prizes; and also £l5 10s in prizes in connection with the sale of horses by Messrs. Frank Lloyd and Sons on the day following the show Mrs. Pritchard also offered £ 20 in prizes. The entries exceeded those of any previous year, being 550 apart from the butter-making competition, there being thirty-six in that department, including four specially-trained dairymaids from Monmouthshire. This department was splendidly fitted up with all conveniences in a large tent, with water laid on from the town supply and was well patronised. In glass cases in this department the exhibitions of ornamentally-made butter representing roses etc. proved attractive. The field arrangements were carried out under the supervision of the President, Messrs D Ivor Evans and Herbert Williams (field managers) and Mr D Morgan Jones, the hon. secretary. The quality of the exhibits was superior and the display of agricultural implements, for which a gold medal was offered, was on a large scale and of useful patterns. The judges were—Horses, Mr IJ H Jones, Pool Quay, Welshpool; hunters, etc., Mr F Baguely, ‘Moreton-on-Marsh, cobs, ponies, and horses, entered for sale, Mr Robert Richards, Knockin, black cattle, sheep, and pigs, Mr. J H Vaughan, Llanertyl; shorthorn cattle, Mr F Statton, Newport, Mon; veterinary surgeon S Codrington, Chipping Sodbury.. Rain fell in torrents during the, morning and interfered with the judging for an hour and a half, but the sky cleared at midday and the afternoon turned out fine. There was a, record gate, about 4,000 spectators being on the field. The judging did not finish until 7.30 p.m…”

    1907On 17th August 1907 the following appeared in the ‘Cardiff Times‘:

    “…CARDIGAN SHOW.

    The annual show of the Cardigan Agricultural Society was held on Wednesday at the Netpool Field. The arrangements in the various departments were all that could be desired, and the quality of the stock exhibited was excellent. The officials were :-President. Mr Thomas Evans, J.P., Llwyndyrys Farm secretary, Mr D. Morgan Jones (the town clerk) treasurer, Mr M. L. Jones. A number of vice-presidents and a strong Executive Committee assisted in the arrangements. The butter-making and machinery (in motion) departments added much to the interest of the show. The judges were :—Black cattle, sheep, and pigs, Mr J. G. Williams, Llandilo short- horn cattle, Mr David Burnett. Golden Grove carters and ponies, Mr W. B. Loveluck. Pyle hackneys, riding, and harness classes, Mr Frank Leigh, E.K.C.V.S., Bristol veterinary surgeon, Mr J. C. Jones, M.R.C.V.S., Newcastle-Emlyn…”

    1908 – The ‘Weekly Mail‘ of 15th August 1908 included the following item:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SHOW.

    The annual show of the Cardigan Agricultural Society was held in the Netpool Field, Cardigan, on Wednesday, under the presidency of Mr. C. Morgan-Richardson, Morgenau. The entries were not so strong numerically as last year, but the quality in all departments was fully up to the mark. Agricultural machinery—always a feature at this show, a gold medal being offered for the best collection-was fully represented, and the latest implements and motive power of the day were to be found upon the stands. The weather being fine, the show was largely attended. MT. D. Morgan-Jones (town-clerk) was again the secretary, under whose matured experience everything passed off most satisfactorily. The following were the officials :-Judge: Black cattle, sheep, and pigs, Mr. A. Morris, Chapel Farm, Pembroke; Shorthorn cattle, Mr. H. Butler, Badminton Farm, Badminton; carters and ponies, Mr. H. Meyrick Jones, Mathyrafal, Meifod, near Welshpool; hackneys, riding, jumping, and harness classes, Mr. A. W. Lickling, Adbolton, Nottingham; veterinary surgeon. Mr. J. C. Jones, IM.R.C. V.., Newcastle-Emlyn…”

    1909 – Mr G B Bowen of Llwyngwair was the Show President. On 14th August 1909 the following item appeared in the ‘Weekly News‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. LIST OF AWARDS AT THE ANNUAL SHOW.

    The annual show of the Cardigan Agricultural Society was held In the Netpool Field on Wednesday, under the presidency of Mr. G. B. Bowen. Llwyngwair, and was again a great success. Although the entries were not quite up to last year, the exhibits were good in their various classed. The horse classes were the feature of the show, while the butter-making competition demanded a large amount of attention. The machinery and carriage department, always an attraction at Cardigan, was filled better than ever, and a keen competition took place for the gold medal given by the society for the best display of agricultural machinery. The arrangements, under the superintendence of Mr. D. Morgan Jones (town-clerk) and the field stewards, Messrs. J. H. Philipps and H. Williams, were all that could be desired. The judges were: Shorthorn cattle: Henry Matthews, Winterbourne; black cattle, sheep, &c.. Mr. J. M. Thomas, Forest, Whitland; hackneys, &c.. J. T. Oliver, Llanwnda, Carmarthen: agricultural horses, ponies, &c., Mr. R. Galbraich, Margam. Veterinary surgeon, Mr. J. C. Jones, Newcastle Emlyn,..”

    1910 – In 1910-24 Mr D T Davies of the National Provincial Bank, Cardigan, was the Treasurer of the Show. On 13th August 1910 the following appeared in the ‘Weekly News‘:

    “…CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL SHOW.

    The annual show in connection with the Cardigan Agricultural Society took place on Wednesday, under the presidency of C. Napier Miles, C.B., Malmesbury, and of the Priory Estate. Cardiganshire. entries were fully on a par with those of  previous years. The arrangements were carried out by the secretary, Mr. D. Morgan Jones- The judges were -Black cattle, sheep. and pigs: Mr. W. H. Evans, Letterston.; Shorthorn cattle, &c.: Mr. F. Stratton, Newport- Hackneys, hunters, cobs, jumping, &c.: V T. Nicholas, Port Talbot. Agricultural horses, ponies, Ac.: Mr. A. C. Sparkes, Altrincbam- The luncheon on the ground was presided over by Colonel Miles, supported by Mr. Vaughan Davies, M.P., Sir Webley-Parry-Pryse (Gogerddan), Messrs. G. B. (Llynymawr). C. Morgan Richardson, L. Morgan Richardson, Bosville Ravenscroft’ &c…”

    1911 – Cardigan was to have hosted the United Counties Show, which was, unfortunately, cancelled owing to a rail strike.

    1912 – The United Counties Show was held away from Carmarthen for the first time – at Cardigan. Lt. Col. Sir James Hills Johns was the Show President. The attendance was a record for the show – 3,600 people passed through the gate.

    1913 – The Show moved to Upper Stepside and proved quite successful. R W Picton Evans, the Mayor of Cardigan, was the Show President.

    1914 – On 5th August 1914 the Show was, again, held at Upper Stepside Field, by permission of Alderman John Evans. Mrs J V Colby of Ffynone was the Show President. It was a success, despite the war-time conditions. Due to the War, no further shows were held at Cardigan until 1920.

    1920 – A welcome return for the Show, again at Stepside. Alderman John Evans, the Mayor of Cardigan, was the Show President. The standard of the exhibits was good. The horse championship was narrowly won by Mrs Davies, Rhosygilwen, beating Thomas Davies, Heolgwyddil. The prize bull was that of Mrs Devonald of Cawrence, and the prize cow was that of J. Evans, Rhydyfuwch.

    1921 – The Right Honourable Sir Lawrence Hugh Jenkins of Cilbronnau was the Show President. It was held at Stepside again, with over 400 entries contributing to a successful show.

    1922 – Colonel C Spence Colby, CMG, DSO, of Ffynone, was the Show President. Another success, with a Gold Medal for machinery display won by T. M. Daniel of Cardigan.

    1923 – Sir John Lynn Thomas, KBE, CB, of Llwyndyrus, was the Show President. On a par with the previous year. New prize for the Best Welsh Boar or Sow – that belonging to Mr. D. Nicholas, Pantirion, was the winner.

    1924 – Mr. Charles Lethbridge Ernest Morgan-Richardson of Rhosygilwen, was the Show President. Fewer entries and a noticeable dip in quality, both attributed to the bad weather.

    1925 – Mr David Griffith Berrington Davies of Plas Llangoedmore was the Show President. Mr S Oswald Jones became the Treasurer of the Show until 1934. A much better show, with the addition this year of the Horticultural Section, which proved very popular.

    1926 – The show was held at Stepside again. Mr A O Saunders Davies of Glanhelyg was the Show President. The number of entries increased by 150, but it was suggested that public support was not as great as it might have been.

    1927 – Mr. Lewis Bowen of Clynfiew was the Show President. There were over 30 entries in the two classes for Clean Milk Production, won by Lizzie Lloyd Jones, Tregaron, but the support seemed to be dwindling, reflected in a drop in gate money.

    1928 – Now amalgamated with the Crymych Show under the Presidency of Mr. John Evans, Castle Green, the show was held at Dolwerdd Field. The Secretaries were Mr. John Jones, Crymych, and Mr. J. T. Clay, Cardigan. An estimated 1700-2000 attended. There was a new sheing section for blacksmiths.

    1929 – The Show was held at Crymych. Mr Abel Davies of London was the Show President. John Evans replaced S Oswald Jones as Treasurer for this year. Over 1600 attended.

    1930 – The Show was held at Netpool Field. Lady Webley-Parry-Pryse, OBE, of Noyadd Trefawr, was the Show President. The fine weather aided the success of the show, and all classes were well-subscribed.

    1931 – The Show was held at Crymych. Mr O. Picton Davies of London was the Show President.

    1932 – The Show was held at Netpool, Cardigan. Mr D O Evans of Pigeonsford was the Show President. The Depression meant that entries were down, as were the number of visitors. The financial failure led to the separation of the Crymych and Cardigan Societies.

    1933 – No Show was held owing to the economic situation. The Cardigan Show divorced from the Crymych event.

    1934 – The Show was held at Netpool, but on a smaller scale than the previous joint shows with the Crymych Society. Mr C L E Morgan-Richardson of Rhosygilwen was the Show President. Despite the smaller scale, the event was, however, a success. The Horticultural Show was held completely separately.

    1935 – The Agricultural and Horticultural Shows were held separately again, the former on 16th August at Netpool, and the latter on 23rd August at the Guildhall Market. Mr John Evans, J P, Castle Green, was the Show President. Although judged a success, attendance was disappointing, despite the new First aid Competition. The Horticultural Show continued as an annual event until 1939, but the Agricultural Show was discontinued through lack of interest.

    1941 – The Cardigan Victory Garden Show was held for the benefit of the Red Cross Agricultural Fund, presided over by Lady Webley-Parry-Pryse of Noyadd Trefawr. There was also a dog show of 12 classes. It was a huge success with more than 700 entries.

    1942 – The Cardigan Victory Garden & Dog Show was held again, under the Preisdency of Lord Woolton from the Red Cross. It was well-supported.

    1943 – For the first time in several years, a full agricultural show was held in the County School Grounds, in aid of the Red Cross. Mrs Hext Lewis of Llwyndyrys was the Show President. Mr R A Peregrine was the Treasurer. Over 4000 people attended. Sections included cattle, sheep, pigs, Women’s Institute, horticulture, allotments, and introduced a YFC section which attracted 70 competitors. The show was a great success.

    1944 – Another Red Cross Agricultural Show was held at the County School grounds, with more classes than the previous year. Mr D O Evans, M P, was the Show President.

    1945 – Another successful Show, which gave some of the proceeds to the Cardigan & District “Our Boys” fund. Lt. Col. E Harewood Williams, High Sheriff of Cardiganshire, was the Show President.

    1946 – Again held in the County School grounds, the show had record entries in all sections, and the standard was considered very good. Mr W T Davies of Pantyderi, Boncath, was the Show President.

    1947 – Described by the ‘Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser‘ as “…A model one-day Show…” Mr H Graham Partidge of Parcypratt, St Dogmaels, was the Show President.

    1948 – Mr Edward Howard Lloyd of Coedmore was the Show President. In 1948-55 Mr D Lloyd Lewis of Midland Bank was the Treasurer. A very wet morning, followed by a brighter afternoon, affected the attendance, though over 2000 still passed through the gate.

    1949 – On 17th August 1949 the show was held in better weather, and over 3000 attended. Mr D M Harewood Williams of Waungelod was the Show President.

    1950 – Mr D Morris, Llwyniod, was the Show President. Entries in many classes – animals, horticulture, cookery and handicrafts – were at record levels and the show was a big success.

    1951 – The Show, at the County School grounds, drew 2700 visitors. Mrs M E Lewis of Rhydgarnwen, Llantood, was the Show President.

    1952 – Alderman Evan Davies of Noyaddwilym, Llechryd, was the Show President. A record number of entries in several sections, and attendance reached an impressive 4500.

    1953 – Growing numbers of trade stands and a large crowd contributed to another successful event on 29th July 1953. Mrs J Wendon of Chirkenhill, Leighsiton, was the Show President.

    1954 – The show continued its’ successful run with high numbers of entries, traders and attendees. Captain Lampard of Penrallt, Aberporth, was the Show President.

    1955 – Another first rate show with large numbers of entries throughout all sections. Mr Edward Gibby, OBE, JP, of Upton Farm, Pembroke Dock, was the Show President. In 1955-70 Mr P Prytherch of Midland Bank was the Treasurer of the Show. 

    1956 – Mr G M James, Parctwad, was the Show President. The event was another success. Entries in the heavy horse section had now dwindled to just three competitors, but the Horticulture, Women’s Institute and Dog Sections were now very strong.

    1957 – No Cardigan Show was held, as the Royal Welsh Show was being held at Aberystwyth.

    1958 – The Show returned as strong as before, held again at the County School grounds. Captain Alderson of Argoed, Velindre, was the Show President.

    1959 – The Show was held on a new site – at Llwynpiod. Mr J J Morris, Auctioneer, Cardigan, was the Show President. The Show was an excellent one, blessed with fine weather, and drew a crowd of more than 4000. The James (Gwalia) Cup for Best Exhibit in the Welsh Blacks section went to Messrs E Griffiths & Sons, Birdlip, Tregroes. The Special Prize for the Best Calf under 12 months went to Mr W T Davies, Cilgynydd, Cardigan. Best Recorded Milk Cow was won by Messrs J B Evans & Sons, Derimoelion. Best Dairy Cow in the Show – Mr D M Howell, Penrallt, Llancych. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – Mr E M Rees, Scollock Bill, Ambleston, Pembs.

    1960 – Mr W R V George, J P, of Tyddyn, was the Show President. Record entries were rewarded by an attendance of more than 5000. The James (Gwalia) Cup for the best exhibit in the Welsh Blacks section went to Messrs. E Griffiths & Sons, Birdlip, Tregroes, for the second consecutive year. The Special Prize for Best Calf under 12 months went to Messrs E Wilson & Sons, Tregibby, Cardigan. Best Milk Recorded Cow was won by Mr D M Howell, Penrallt, Lancych, annually in 1960-62. Best Dairy Cow – Messrs E Wilson & Sons, Tregibby, Cardigan. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – Mr R Summerhays, Trecefn-isaf, Ferwig.

    1961 – Mr J E Thomas, MRCVS, Penralltddu, Cardigan, was the Show President. In a break with tradition Mr Evan Davies of Noyaddwilym, Llechryd, acted as Chairman – a position previously always held by the Mayor of Cardigan. Llwynpiod remained the venue, and the glorious weather once more ensured the success of a well-subscribed and attended Show. The James (Gwalia) Cup for the Best Exhibit in the Welsh Blacks section went to T S Thomas of Cwmhyar annually from 1961-63. The Special Prize for Best Calf under 12 months went to Mr R Jones, Oernant, Cardigan. Best Dairy Cow – Messrs. J B Evans & Sons, Derimoelion. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – Mr J H Davies, Bigni, Ferwig.

    1962 – Mr T L Jenkins, Cyttir Mawr, Blaenannerch, was the Show President and Mr G  James, Parctwad, was the Chairman. More good weather and large crowds for the Show, at Llwynpiod fields. The Special Prize for the Best Calf under 12 months went to Messrs E Wilson & Sons Tregibby annually from 1962-64. Best Dairy Cow – Messrs J B Evans & Sons, Derimoelion. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – Mrs Stephens, Crugybar, Llanwrda.

    1963 – Mrs M M Phillips of  Trebared was the Show President. The number of entries and the attendance were down. Although the weather on the day was fine, the poor weather generally may have been partly to blame for the slump. The Prize for Milk Recorded Cow went to Mr Derek Howell, Forest Farm, Cilgerran. Best Dairy Cow – Mr D J Jones, Cilibion, Reynoldston, Swansea. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – Dr. Williams, Y Fron, Tregaron.

    1964 – Mr Idris Davies of Trewilym was the Show President. The Show moved to Brynglas Fields. There were good numbers of entries in all sections and a large number of trade stands. J G Phillips of Buckette Farm, Letterston, Pembrokeshire, won the prize for the best Female Exhibit in Jersey Breed annually from 1964-68. In 1964 and 1965 the James (Gwalia) Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup for the Best Exhibit in the Welsh Blacks section went to E Griffiths & Sons, Birdlip, Tregroes. Best Milk Recorded Cow was won by W T Davies, Uzmaston Farm, Haverfordwest. Best Dairy Cow – Messrs S J Harry Thomas & Son, Ynysdawelog, Ammanford. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – W L Davies, Tyhen, Ferwig.

    1965 – Mr J R Jones, Glanffos, was the Show President. The show was again held at Brynglas Fields and broke the records for the highest number of entries and the greatest attendance. The Special Prize for Best Calf under 12 months went to G M James, Parctwad, Llechryd. Best Milk Recorded Cow was won by Mr Thomas, Trecadwgan, Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, annually in 1965-67. Best Dairy Cow – Harry Thomas, Ynysdawelog, Ammanford. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – Mrs E L Edwards, Sarnau Park, Sarnau.

    1966 – Mr Dewi James, Oernant, Rhoshill, was the Show President. The Show was held at Llwynpiod Fields, and was a successful event. The James (Gwalia) Cup for the Best Exhibit in the Welsh Blacks section went to T S Thomas of Cwmhyar, Tregroes. The Special Prize for Best Calf under 12 months went to E Wilson & Sons, Tregibby (who won it again the following year). Best Dairy Cow – D R Evans, Derimoelion, Dryslwyn, Carmarthenshire. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – W L Davies, Tyhen, Ferwig.

    1967 – Mr G L Evans of Gwynfair, Llangoedmor, was the Show President. The Show was held on 18th August – later than usual – to avoid clashing with the Royal Welsh. The event was another success. In 1967-68 The James (Gwalia) Cup for the Best Exhibit in the Welsh Black section went to Jones Bros, Hafod-yr-Wyn, Gorsgoch. Best Dairy Cow – J W C George, Brynhyfryd, Wolfscastle. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – Morgan and Mortley, Woodlands, Talybont.

    1968 – The Show was held at Llwynpiod Fields on 27th July 1968. Mr R D Jenkins of Carmarthen was the Show President. It is believed to have attracted abut 6000 visitors – a new record. The Special Prize for Best Calf under 12 months went to John Morris, Brondesbury Park, Cardigan. Best Milk Recorded Cow was won by Mr L O Griffiths, Penbont Garreg, Foelgastell. Best Dairy Cow – J G Phillips, Buckette Farm, Letterston. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – W Lloyd Davies, Tyhen, Ferwig.

    1969 – Plentiful entries and a good Show, held at Canllefaes Fields on 30th July 1969. The President was John Evans, butcher, Cardigan. The Special Prize for the Best Calf under 12 months was won by E. Wilson & Sons, Tregibby. Best Milk Recorded Cow was won by W T Davies, Uzmaston Farm, Haverfordwest. Best Dairy Cow in the Show won by J E Owen, Felinganol, Cardigan. He also won Best Exhibit in the cattle section for the second consecutive year. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section was won by John Hughes, Rhydlas-uchaf, Llanrhystud.

    1970 – Held at Canllefaes Fields on 29th July 1970. Another excellent Show. The President was J J Thomas, Lloyd’s Bank Manager, London. In 1970-73 Mr R F Hughes of Midland Bank, Cardigan, was the Show Treasurer. Winner of the Prize for Best Dairy Cow in the Show was L N V Thomas, Drysgolgoch, Llanfyrnach, Pembs. Best Exhibit in the Cattle Section – J E Owen, Felinganol, Cardigan. Best Exhibit in the Horse Section – John Hughe, Rhydlas Uchaf, Llanrhystud. 

    1971 – Held at Canllefaes Fields on 28th July 1971. The Show President was former Chief Inspector Kenneth G Williams of Carmarthen. Horse Racing was another added attraction this year.

    1972 – A well-supported show with high numbers of entries and spectators, believed by many to be the best one-day show in Wales. From this year, a Show Queen was elected annually. Evan Wilson of Tregibby was the Show President.

    1973 – Mr W S J James of Edinburgh (Trewindsor) was the Show President. In 1973-83 Mr John Davies of Midland Bank, Cardigan, was the Show Treasurer. The Shire Horse class was re-introduced after a lengthy absence. The Show was another success.

    1974 – Dr D Gwyn Jones of Tymawr, High Street, Cardigan, was the Show President. Another very successful show at Canllefaes Fields, drawing an estimated 5,000 visitors, despite the rain.

    1975 – Mr Ifor Jones of Tanygroes was the Show President. Though the weather was cloudy with sunny spells, the Show, at Canllefaes Fields, attracted high entries and a crowd said to be close to 8000 in number, according to the ‘Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser‘.

    1976 – Mr Vincent Davies of Trefere Uchaf, Penparc, was the Show President. The sunny weather contributed to another successful event with a further increase in the number of entries. The ‘Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser‘ claimed that the attendance of slightly more than 5000 was an increase on the previous year.

    1977 – Mrs Anne James, Stepside, Cardigan, was the Show President. The Show continued to expand its’ number of classes and the entries continued to be numerous.

    1978 – Another successful show at Canllefaes Fields. Mr W R James of Neuadd-wen, Cardigan, was the Show President. The winner of the Dairy Section was Emyr Jones, Oernant, Cardigan.

    1979 – Mr Tom George, C C, of Cilgwyn, Boncath, was the Show President. Another successful show with a record attendance and record profits. The Dairy Section winner was E Wilson & Sons, Tregibby, Cardigan. Best Exhibit in Beef Class – John Morris, Llwynpiod, Cardigan.

    1980 – Mr Harold Williams of Ffynnoncyff, Ferwig, was the Show President. There were more than 1000 entries in the livestock section, which expanded further to include goats. The Dairy Section winner was Emyr Jones, Oernant, Cardigan. Best Exhibit in Beef Class – John Morris, Llwynpiod, Cardigan

    1981 – Mr Fred Rees, Auctioneer, Cardigan, was the Show President. Another good Show at Canllefaes Fields, with a particularly strong Horse Jumping section. The Dairy Section winner was E M & E Morgan, Nantybwla, College Road, Carmarthen. Best Exhibit in Beef Class – A R Lloyd & Son, Esgair Inglis, Llanybyther. Best Cattle Section Exhibit – J E Owen, Felinganol, Cardigan. Best Exhibit in Horse Section – W T Jones, Caerberllan, Towyn. Best Exhibit in Pig Section – T H Evans & Sons, Troedyraur, Brongest.

    1982 – Attendance at the Show held at Canllefaes Fields on 28th July 1982, was now exceeding the 11,000 mark. D Tom James of the Emporium, Pendre, Cardigan, was the Show President. There was a demonstration of sheep-shearing this year. Special Prizes included: Dairy Class – E M & E Morgan, Nantybwla, College Road, Carmarthen; Beef Class – G R James, Stepside, Cardigan 

    1983 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields on 27th July 1983. T E Evans of Tycoed, Glogue, was the Show President. In 1983-85 Mr Tant Davies of Midland Bank, Cardigan, was the Show Treasurer. New classes were introduced for Limousin Cattle. Attendance remained high, in the 11-12, 000 range.

    1984 – Another successful event held at Canllefaes Fields. Gerwyn James of Hafodwynog, Eglwyswrw, was the Show President.

    1985 – The Annual Show & Races were held at Canllefaes Fields on 31st July 1985, and were another success. Mr W O James of Gilfach, Llangrannog, was the Show President. In 1985-90 Mr Hywelfryn Jones and Mr Alan Hughes of Midland Bank, Cardigan, were the Treasurers. 

    1986 – Mr Dilwyn James, butcher, Cardigan, was the Show President. Torrential rain and driving winds affected attendance, though the competition remained keen.

    1987 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields on 29th July 1987. Mr Kaye Davies of Mansel Davies & Son, Llanfyrnach, was the Show President. The weather was fine, there were 40 trade stands, and the crowds recovered in size.

    1988 – Alun James of Penfeidr, Ferwig, was the Show President. Another fine day assisted the Show at Canllefaes Fields, with excellent levels of entries throughout.

    1989 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields again. Mr Llwyd Edwards of Penparc Farm, Penparc, was the Show President. A sheep-shearing contest and a display of vintage farm machinery added to the interest.

    1990 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields. Mr Dewi Jones of Brondesbury Park, Cardigan, was the Show President. Competition remained keen.

    1991 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields on 31st July 1991. Marteine Richards of Richards Bros. was the Show President. In 1991-94 The Manager and Mr Martin Thomas of Midland Bank were the Treasurers of the Show. The John Evans Bath House Memorial Award was introduced for the best local agricultural student within eight miles of Cardigan.

    1992 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields on 29th July 1992. Glan Evans of Y Dorlan, Cardigan, was the Show President. Much was made of the fact that this was the 25th Annual Show held at Canllefaes Fields, which it was not!

    1993 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields on 28th July 1993. David Davies of Pellorwel, Tanygroes, was the Show President. There were record entries in the Horse sections.

    1994 – The Show was held at Canllefaes Fields for the last time. Wynford Jones of E L Jones, printers, Cardigan, was the Show President. Entries ant attendance were amongst the highest on record.

    1995 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields for the first time on 2nd August 1995. Mr Michael Hill of Riverlea Tractors was the Show President. In 1995-96 Mr Lloyd Jones and Mr Martin Thomas of Midland Bank were the Treasurers of Cardigan Show. The number of competitors was large and the show was well-attended – over 10, 000 passed through the gate.

    1996 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 31st July 1996. Mr Evan Lloyd of Lloyd Motors, Aberaeron, was the Show President. In 1996-2000 Mr Lloyd Jones of H S BC, Cardigan, was the Show Treasurer. There were more entries than ever and attendance was high.

    1997 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 30th July 1997. Mrs E. A. Williams of Westfield, Gwbert Road, was the Show President. There were more than 120 trade stands and attendance remained good.

    1998 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 29th July 1998. Mr J Emrys Jones of Llwyncelyn, Tremain, was the Show President. The weather was good and there were record entries in the horse section. After a slow start, attendance picked up and was reasonably high.

    1999 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 28th July 1999. Mr Euros Lewis of Gamallt, Cardigan, was the Show President. The day was very successful. Entries were up on the previous year. Good weather assisted with the attendance.

    2000 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 2nd August 2000. Mr Ron Evans of Briscwm Farm, St Dogmaels, was the Show President. There were over 350 exhibitors in the animal classes alone. After a wet start the weather improved and attendance rose to satisfactory levels.

    2001 – Cardigan Agricultural Show was cancelled because of the Foot & Mouth Crisis.

    2002 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 31st July 2002. Mr Wyn Rees, Abbey Garage, St. Dogmaels, was the Show President. In 2002-04 Mr Wynford Pritchard of H S B C, Cardigan, was the Show Treasurer. With strict restrictions still in force on the movement of animals, there was a lack of livestock on display, but the remaining sections were well-subscribed and attendance was good.

    2003 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 30th July 2003. Mr Islwyn Griffiths of Ger-y-felin, Cardigan, was the Show President. Despite a damp start to the day, the return of the livestock classes generated a good deal of interest.

    2004 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 28th July 2004. Mr Will James, Trewindsor, Llangoedmor, was the Show President. The 150th Anniversary Show broke all attendance records.

    2005 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 27th July 2005. Jeff Cowburn, optician, William Street, was the Show President. The standard of the exhibits was high.

    2006 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 2nd August 2006. Mr Robin Davies of Robin’s Taxis, Cardigan, was the Show President. The Show was a great success in terms of size, entries and overall attendance. There were over 700 horse and pony entries and over 100 beef cattle.

    2007 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 1st August 2007. Dr. Stephen Griffiths of Login was the Show President. There were over 1300 livestock entries and large numbers of visitors.

    2008 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 30th July 2008. Mr Ian Gollop of Sherwood House, St Dogmaels, was the President. The pouring rain affected attendance.

    2009 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 29th July 2009. Mr Lloyd Jones, The Grove Grandstand, Carmarthen. Although it did not rain on the day, the fields were very muddy.

    2010 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 28th July 2010. Mr Laurence Harries of Ffosyficer, Abercych, was the Show President. There was an increase in entries in several classes and also in attendance.

    2011 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 27th July 2011. Mr Delwyn Griffiths, Llwyneithyn, Penparc, was the Show President. The fine weather brought large crowds.

    2012 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 1st August 2012. Mr Noel Evans, Llantood, was the Show President. There was persistent rain and strong winds, many visitors having to be towed out of the field.

    2013 – The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 31st July 2013. Mr Quinton James Davies, Abercych Sawmills, was the Show President. The weather was torrential.

    30/07/2014 Prize Winning cow at the Show (c) Glen K Johnson2014 - The Show was held at Briscwm Fields on 30 July 2014  in glorious sunshine. Mr & Mrs John Williams of Troedyrhiw, Ferwig, were the Show Presidents. Attendance was high. A Food Tent was introduced and generated significant interest, and there were good entries for animals in, all classes. A special display in the poultry tent highlighted the long history of the show, with many old traditional breeds on show.

    (c) Glen K Johnson 30/07/2014

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    2 Responses to CARDIGAN COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SHOW

    1. Jane Lloyd Evans
      September 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Hi, we have recently bought Glaneirw Mansion at Blaenporth, we are struggling to find much in depth history and wondered if you may be able to assist.

      Kind regards

      Jane

      • glen
        September 20, 2013 at 6:55 am

        Hi Jane

        I’m afraid that Glaneirw is off my “patch”, so I don’t have any particular knowledge of its’ history. There are a couple of books, such as Francis Jones’ ‘Historic Houses of Cardiganshire and their Families’. I would recommend a trip to Ceredigion Archives in Aberystwyth for a look at the Census Returns – these would give you the occupants of Glaneirw for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911. For the later history there should be electoral registers and newspaper archives, and a trip to the National Library would be worthwhile to see if any estate records survive – there is a good online catalogue (Google “National Library of Wales”) and they have very helpful staff. You could also try and find the tithe map for circa 1836. If you get stuck, contact me again and I’ll see what I can find out for you.

        Regards

        Glen

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