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Pembrey Country Park THE new venue for the Welsh, Pembrey Country Park, has been described by many as the jewel in the crown of West Wales. It is certainly eminently suitable to provide a permanent and long-term home for the Welsh Game Fair. The location in superb, scenic surroundings with tarmacadam roads winding through the site and superb sandy soil underfoot will mean the days of inclement weather hampering preparation and making testing conditions for those that attend a distant memory. Acres of space allow the camping facilities to be located within the venue and car parks will surround the Fair. The infrastructure is designed for the enjoyment of those that loyally attend the Fair year after year and for first time visitors who will no doubt find the experience unique. A new system will be operating this year where coloured wristbands will be handed out at the payment lanes which must be worn to gain admittance to the fair.
Getting to the Welsh THE Country Park can be found just off the A484 Llanelli to Carmarthen coast road just outside Burry Port. The Park is approximately a 30 minute drive from Carmarthen and a similar distance from Junction 48 on the M4. Follow the yellow/brown directional signs.
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HE Welsh Game Fair, hosted on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, at its new venue of Pembrey Country Park, near Llanelli, promises to surpass all expectations. The new location is undeniably one of the most beautiful and scenic venues in the country. Sandy soil conditions underfoot are guaranteed to provide a perfect surface for the many thousands who are regular attendees of the fair.
A new clay pigeon layout has been instigated with both sporting and down the line (DTL) competitions to run throughout the weekend. In addition a havea-go facility will also form part of the layout. The usual attractions associated with the Welsh are playing a prominent role again in what is essentially a countryside event. Ferreting, fishing, falconry, airguns, catapults, archery and much more will continue to add to the fair. The gundog scurry will run on both days with a good layout for the handlers and excellent viewing for the spectators.
Make the Welsh a long weekend! THIS year’s campsite is located just 50 yards from the Game Fair site so there is no need to worry about transport between the two locations. Camping pitches will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and must be booked in advance. There is a non-refundable fee of £25 per camping pitch, each of which can
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The new purpose-built casting pool will enable angling demonstrations and competitions to take place throughout the weekend. This is located near the Fisherman’s Row of the trade stands which will include the Welsh Salmon and Trout Association. Elsewhere over 250 trade stands will be in attendance selling and displaying an impressive array of goods. The Welsh main ring programme for 2014, which runs continuously throughout the weekend, will contain some fantastic accommodate a maximum of four adults, for the duration of the Fair. Camping costs do not include entry to the Fair and individual entry tickets will need to be purchased at the Game Fair entrance on a daily basis. The pre-booking form, along with the full list of camping rules and regulations, can be downloaded by visiting www.welshgamefair.com/ camping For any camping related enquires, contact 01267 281410 or 07817 178757.
displays including the Broke FMX and Freestyle Motocross Team; the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment’s parachute display team – The Tigers; simulated coursing; falconry displays; sheepdog demonstration; countryside skills; gundogs; parades of hounds and beagles, and much more. It is a family day of entertainment at its very best. For the countrysports enthusiast the Countryside
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IN keeping with the tradition of inviting working dog men to judge, The Welsh has invited two lurchermen from Northumberland for 2014 who will need no introduction in the world of lurcher owners. Alan Sankey and Gareth Bickerton, from Lynton and Lynemouth, will officiate at The Countryman’s Weekly lurcher show on Sunday, June 15, at Pembrey Country Park. The former is arguably one of the most respected pre-ban lurcher coursers in history. Alan Sankey has kept running dogs since he was a child, running a whippet over the pit and slag heaps of his mining surroundings during his formative years. He deviated towards lurchers nearly 30 years ago when he owned a Saluki cross Greyhound bitch which, when mated to a dog from Manchester, produced his famous bitch ‘Dancer’. This bitch’s achievements are unsurpassed and, among others, she won The Calendar 16 dog stake, The
Dorwest Herbs sponsor terrier and lurcher events DORWEST Herbs have actively supported lurcher and terrier shows for many years throughout the UK and this year at the Welsh, they are supplying prizes for Champion and reserve winners. Roly Boughton, marketing manager for Dorwest Herbs, said: “We are extremely proud to be major sponsors of the Welsh Game Fair terrier and lurcher events for 2014 in association with The Countryman’s Weekly. “Dorwest Herbs have been supplying high quality herbal medicines and supplements for working dogs for over 60 years and we are thrilled that we are sponsoring this prestigious event which supports the working dog fraternity.”
Meet the Lurcher judges! Temple Brewer, the North East competition and many matches. The pinnacle of her career was probably in 1998 when she won the British Double Handed Championship on a Saturday and the following Saturday won the British Single Handed Championship (The Foley Cup). ‘Dancer’ was the only lurcher to beat the equally capable ‘Foxy’ in the Foley Cup final, the last two of 24 of the best coursing lurchers in the country. 'Dancer' was then mated to ‘Foxy’s’ brother ‘Nipper’ and bred ‘Blondie’ who again emulated the achievements of her dam by winning the Foley Cup in 2000 and finishing second twice in other years. It was a truly fantastic career for a brilliant bitch and a tribute to the conditioning skills of her handler.
Since the hunting ban, Alan Sankey still carefully maintains his original line but now concentrates on rabbiting and lamping in the Northumberland area. Gareth Bickerton has kept lurchers for over 20 years and currently kennels three. His dogs are again derived from the lines of his co-judge and he finds them more than suited for the local terrain that they encounter. He has lamped since he began to keep lurchers but similarly enjoys working his lurchers during daylight hours ferreting and mooching. Both are looking forward to judging at The Welsh. Alan will judge the over 23 inches while Gareth will officiate in the under 23 inches ring.
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The invited terrier judges at the Welsh Game Fair this year are Scott Garrett and Jason Powell. Scott has spent a lifetime with terriers and hounds including hunting his own shooting pack in Wales. He also assisted at many hunts including the VWH for a number of seasons. Over the past seven seasons
Meet the terrier judges! he has been employed by the Portman Hunt as their countryman. He currently kennels around a dozen terriers, most of which are Russells, which originated some 25 years ago from 'Toby,' an outstanding dog of Paul Travers, and Scott has continued to maintain the line which produces workers of a high standard. He has judged extensively all over the country and
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TERRIERS Ring One 1. Jack Russell dog puppy under 12 months 2. Lakeland/Fell/Patterdale dog puppy under 12 months 3. Border dog puppy under 12 months 4. Smooth Jack Russell dog 5. Rough Jack Russell dog 6. Smooth Jack Russell bitch 7. Rough Jack Russell bitch 8. Best Terrier under 12 inches 9. Crossbred Terrier – not eligible for Best in Show class
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Trophies to all class winners Perpetual cups to Best Puppy and Champion Terrier Mounted fox mask to Best Puppy Mounted fox mask to Champion Terrier
LURCHERS Ring Three 1. Smooth dog puppy under 12 months 2. Smooth bitch puppy under 12 months Best Puppy (not qualifying for Championship) 3. Smooth lurcher dog under 23 inches 4. Smooth lurcher bitch under 23 inches 5. Rough lurcher dog under 23 inches 6. Rough lurcher bitch under 23 inches 7. Whippet puppy not qualifying for Championship
8. Whippet dog not qualifying for Championship
9. Whippet bitch not qualifying for Championship
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Ring Four 1. Rough dog puppy under 12 months 2. Rough bitch puppy under 12 months 3. Smooth lurcher dog over 23 inches 4. Smooth lurcher bitch over 23 inches 5. Rough lurcher dog over 23 inches 6. Rough lurcher bitch over 23 inches 7. Best Greyhound (not qualifying for Championship) 8. Best pair of lurchers (not qualifying for Championship) Champion Lurcher NOTE: BOTH SHOWS START AT 1PM
Trophies to all class winners Perpetual cups to Best Puppy and Champion Lurcher Mounted hare mask to Best Puppy Mounted hare mask to Champion Lurcher
as far afield as the United States of America. His appointment maintains the tradition at the Welsh of inviting working dog men to officiate. Jason Powell, from Newport, South Wales is a name familiar throughout the country for his working terriers. He is also the singularly most successful exhibitor in the history of the Welsh having won numerous classes, puppy Championships and the Overall Championship a remarkable three times in the last 20 years. Having been involved in terriers all his life when his father took him out, he began with Russell types prior to changing to coloured around 25 years ago. His original bitch of the line that he has developed and keeps was 'Boozer' and future generations were nurtured and evolved as he required. His famous dog 'Samson' proved a dominant and influential sire not only in enhancing the line but perpetuating the qualities that Jason Powell desired. The dog died some months ago aged 14 but his legacy lives on. A professional pest controller, Jason keeps around a dozen terriers with his son, Jack, including pups and saplings. Jason has judged throughout the country but has always declined in the past to judge at the Welsh, not wishing to forgo exhibiting at the fair. This year, however, he accepted the invitation and looks forward to the new venue. Scott Garrett will judge Russells while Jason Powell will be judging the coloureds. The terrier show takes place on Sunday, June 15.
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Fun for all the family... THERE will be lots of fantastic events, displays and activities to keep the whole family entertained at this year’s Fair. Members of the Dinefwr and District Stickmakers Guild will be demonstrating stickmaking throughout the day on Saturday. There will be a spectacular display of walking sticks including shepherds crooks and market and thumb sticks for sale and the chance for people to have a go at making sticks themselves.
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Welsh debut for Cariad Ferrets THIS year will mark the first appearance at the Welsh Game Fair for Cariad Ferrets and Simon Bond, who will be giving an introduction to ferrets and a basic working demonstration to appeal to an audience of all ages and levels of experience. Cariad Ferrets is based in South Wales and run by avid ferret enthusiast Simon. Having become interested in ferrets from a very early age, after being introduced to them by a close family friend, Simon started working them from the age of 13. He grew up in Somerset and has loved
provide the opportunity for visitors to see some outstanding koi. There will be
judging and presentation of awards to members for ‘Best Koi in Various Categories’ including Grand Champion. Finally, for younger visitors, the Children’s Corner will play host to a number of entertaining activities including bouncy castles, quad bikes and fairground rides.
working ferrets for over four decades. He has now become involved in country shows and the running of ferret shows in South Wales and the West Country. This year Simon was proud to have judged the National Ferret Welfare Society’s Open Show back in March. Between demonstrations Simon will be on hand to chat and offer tips and advice to anyone who wishes to come along and meet the team. There will be the chance for people to get up close and personal with the ferrets and nets that Simon uses and works. Simon’s aim is to encourage people to become involved with ferrets and keep the tradition of the working ferrets alive for years to come through his energetic and interactive demonstrations.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) Wales stand will be a great place to meet old friends and make new ones and to find help and advice on all aspects of shooting and conservation. The BASC Wales Gundog Display Team will be providing demonstrations throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. The team, made up of Meurig Rees, of BASC Wales, and gundog trainer, Huw Jones, will be pleased to chat about dog training and other queries relating to any handling, nutritional or behavioural issues your dog
Meet the BASC Wales Gundog Display Team may have. The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club will also be present on Saturday, promoting their social and shooting network for women. Finally, Carmarthenshire Wildfowling Association will be on hand to provide visitors with the benefit of their comprehensive knowledge and experience of wildfowling in the area.
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Newe! Saturday 14th &Sunday 15th June 2014 Venu THE THE Hound Show takes place on Saturday, June 14, with record entries expected in what is the principality’s largest hound show with classes for English, Welsh, Hill and Fell hounds. The invited judges are Mr Robert Ogden, from the Essex Foxhounds, and Mr Eurfyl Price (Cochyn), former huntsman of the Sennybridge. Robert Ogden began his professional Hunt career as whipper-in to the Western and Banwell, followed by three seasons as whip to the South Notts. He then had a further season as whip to the High Peak Harriers before becoming Huntsman for five
his life, Cochyn took on the position of Huntsman in 1973 and hunted hounds until his retirement in 1995. During this period the Sennybridge gained an enviable reputation as a pack of some repute throughout Wales and much further afield. Cochyn consistently bred some outstanding Welsh hounds winning several championships at the Wales and Border Counties Show in Builth. The Sennybridge stallion hounds were used extensively by establishments both within Wales and outside its borders. Many packs today can trace their bloodlines back to hounds bred by Cochyn. Both judges bring a wealth of experience to the rings. Cochyn will judge the native hounds with Robert Ogden casting his eyes over the English and Fell hounds. Both will judge the Hill hounds and the overall Championships.
Record entries expected for the hound Show seasons. He enjoyed great success in the show ring winning Championships at Peterborough, Honiton, Harrogate, Lowther and the Rydal. Robert is currently Huntsman to the Essex where he has been in post since 2011. Eurfyl Price (Cochyn) is a name synonymous with the native Welsh Hound and hunting in the principality. Famed for being involved with his home pack, the Sennybridge Farmers, all
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1. Unentered Welsh Hound Dog 2. Entered Welsh Hound Dog 3. Unentered Welsh Hound Bitch 4. Entered Welsh Hound Bitch 5. Couple of Welsh Hounds 6. Unentered Hill Hound Dog 7. Entered Hill Hound Dog 8. Unentered Hill Hound Bitch 9. Entered Hill Hound Bitch 10. Couple of Hill Hounds Champion Welsh Hound (classes 1-4) Champion Hill Hound (classes 6-9)
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WORLD, European and British casting champion, Hywel Morgan, will be taking advantage of the Fair’s great new venue and purpose built casting lake which will have activities going on all weekend. His fly-casting demos, with Yasmin and Tanya Morgan, will show everybody that fishing can be fun and is for the whole family. The heats for the Welsh National Pairs championships will be held over the weekend with the top 12 casters qualifying for the Final, which will be held at the Royal Welsh Show. Hywel urges visitors to go and meet the crew from Fishing Britain and take on the target challenge. The stars of fishing have taken on the challenge and the top competitor could make it onto the show, screened every Friday night at 7pm on YouTube. Members of the Bank and Ladies team will also be tying flies and giving advice on all types of fishing.
Cuerden Birds of Prey will be providing a stunning display with a variety of owls, hawks, eagles, vultures and falcons. Based in Lancashire, Cuerden Birds of Prey was established in 2009 by head falconer, Richard Cookson, and his wife, Carley. They promote and are involved in the conservation of native
raptors and fund a 24-hour rescue and rehabilitation service throughout the North West. They provide outstanding static and flying displays using a variety of birds of prey and encourage audience participation. For those with a particular interest in falcons, the team will be also available to chat and give information and tips during their static demonstrations. For more information on Cuerden Birds of Prey, visit www.cuerdenbirdsofprey.com
Have a go at clay pigeon shooting CARMARTHEN Clay Target Shooting Club will return to provide clay pigeon shooting with their ever-popular ‘have-a-go’ stand. The club will be on hand to offer advice and tuition to anyone from complete novices to experienced experts and will also be holding competitions for 10-bird Down the Line (DTL) re-entry and a 25-bird sporting re-entry. Guns will be provided by the club and a £50 prize will be awarded to the High Gun in both events. The stand and competitions are open to both men and women, and children are also welcome if they are accompanied by an adult. Shooting events on both days start at 10am. For further details on Carmarthen Clay Target Shooting Club, call 07977 937204 or 01269 860295.
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Broke FMX prepare to wow the crowd PREPARE to be amazed by the UK’s number one freestyle motocross display team, Broke FMX, who will entertain in the main ring on both days of this year’s Fair. Broke FMX is at the forefront of the freestyle motocross scene and always pushing the boundaries of what can physically be achieved. The team will wow the crowd with spectacular motorcycle stunts, such as superman seat grabs,
cliffhangers and even backflips. The thrill of athletes jumping 35 feet in the air pulling acrobatic stunts over gaps approaching 100 feet is a sight to behold and challenges the very senses. Do not miss this fast passed, high action, adrenaline fuelled show. Between displays the public are invited to the interactive stand where they can get a closer look at the bikes and meet the riders.
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BASED at Haverfordwest Airport in Pembrokeshire, Fly Heli Wales cover the whole of Wales and the UK in their Bell Jet Ranger 206 BIII helicopter. Backed by a team of dedicated and experienced professionals, they will be offering 10 minute pleasure flights at the Fair from 10.30am on both days. The rides are £35 per person and have no age restrictions, proving to be brilliant family experiences enjoyed by young and old. For more information on Fly Heli Wales, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.flyheliwales.co.uk
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Exciting displays from The Tigers! EXPERIENCED parachutists from The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment’s parachute display team, The Tigers, will be dropping into the main ring, smoke trailing, flags flying and performing several amazing formations both in the air and under the parachute. The Tigers have many various display routines, all dynamic in style and will hold
the audience captivated throughout the entire routine. With an equally exciting commentary provided by one of the team members, you will have the opportunity to participate in one of the most awe inspiring arena displays.
Book signing at Coch-yBonddu Books FIELDSPORTSMAN and Earth Dog Running Dog contributor, Paul Dooley, will be launching his new book, All Born With A Hunter’s Instinct, at the Fair on Saturday, June 14, and will be signing copies on the Coch-yBonddu Books stand. The A5 hardback consists of 216 pages with 105 colour photographs, many of which are action shots. It is a collection of factual hunting adventures revolving around the author’s recent exploits with his lurchers, terrier, ferrets and hawks. The book is priced at £22.50 plus p&p and is available from the author or from Coch-y-Bonddu Books at www.anglebooks.com
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Chris ‘the Cornish Countryman’ Green CHRIS ‘the Cornish Countryman’ Green will be attending this year’s Welsh Game Fair to mark his 18th year at the show. Born in the West Country, he spent his youth bird nesting, rabbit catching and living off the fat of the land. He has a lifelong passion for fishing and shooting and has built his own gunning punt and punt gun for wildfowling which he still uses today. Chris can be found, between demonstrations at the BASC pigeon stand where he will be on hand to answer any questions on wildfowling, pigeon shooting and longnetting. On the stand he will have his well renowned collection of pigeon decoys for sale and his DVDs on pigeon shooting, wildfowling and crow shooting. Chris’ main ring demonstrations will include a wildfowling display where, along with
his yellow Labrador ‘Jake’, he will talk through the life of a wildfowler. He will also provide a truly fascinating insight into the long forgotten art of longnetting rabbits.
CHAINSAW expert, Dave Bytheway, will enthral audiences with his specialist skill of carving figurines from logs using only his chainsaw. Dave will entertain crowds by creating owls, mushrooms and birds of prey in his daily demonstrations in both his own and the Countryside Alliance’s arena. All the items he makes at the show will be available for purchase on the day.
Merlin’s Magicians present the fun of flyball MERLIN’S Magicians, the only flyball club with a competitive team in South Wales, will be encouraging audience participation with their noisy and exciting display at the fair. Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs who race over hurdles to collect a tennis ball and return it to their
handler. They will be demonstrating with dogs of all breeds, sizes and abilities and will show that anyone, with any dog, can have fun at flyball. Children from the audience will be invited to assist the handlers in a series of races, so head over and pay Merlin’s Magicians a visit.
TOWY Vets will be attending this year’s Fair and will be offering free microchipping to any dog on the day, as well as free advice on all your pet’s needs. They offer very competitive rates on all preventative health care including flea, worm and tick treatments and vaccination. Towy vets want to promote and encourage a good breeding standard in working dogs and offer
competitive prices on all breeding standards schemes such as hip and elbow scoring. They will be running a raffle at the fair with funds going to a local charity helping homeless dogs.
Koomeska team up with Martin Owen KOOMESKA Siberian Huskies, along with the South Wales Sibes and Malls, will be going into the show ring on both days to present talks on the Siberian Husky and other northern breeds. They will also be joined by British Sleddog Sports Federation’s, Martin Owen, who was a silver medalist for team GB at the 2013 International Federation of Sleddog Sports World Championships, in Italy. For more information on Koomeska Siberian Huskies, visit www.huskymick.wix.com/koomeska-huskies
Hywel Davies and The Runner Pack
HYWEL Davies and The Runner Pack will be attending the Fair to demonstrate the art and skill of shepherding by using entertaining commentary mixed with audience participation. Hywel is a sheep farmer from the Presley hills, North Pembrokeshire, where he runs a flock of 600 ewes after starting life on his uncle’s farm with just 10 sheep. He now also trains both sheepdogs and handlers. H is fun-filled demonstrations have been displayed many times around the country over many years, however, this will be his first time at the Welsh Game Fair and he is very much looking forward to it. He said: “I think it is very important when working with the public to show how you train the dogs and the reason for both whistle and verbal commands so that they have an understanding for the work of both shepherd and dog on farm and hill.” The display consists of runner ducks which are herded around gates, tunnels and bridges with a very light-hearted commentary. Hywel will be on hand between demonstrations to meet the public and answer any questions.
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