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Valentino proves he's cream of the crop as supreme champion; Meyrick Brown rounds up the highlights of the August shows.

* BRECON: Held on the excellent site at Watton Villa fields, the annual Brecon Show - the oldest agricultural show in the UK - lived up to its long held reputation for quality and excellence and visitor numbers were up on last year..

Best from the horse and pony sections was given to the cream 10-year-old ridden Mountain and Moorland stallion Griashall Valentino entered by Sarah Bowen of Glwyd Fawr, Defynnog, and ridden by Eleanor Joseph. Champion of the Welsh breeds was the Cob, Eppynt Velvet Beauty from WD Davies & Co.

Daf Griffiths headed the cattle parade with his fine Limousin beast Mynach Doreolle and the winning sheep entry came from the Radnor family's Kerry Hill flock.

FISHGUARD: The 154th North Pembrokeshire Farmers Club Show, held at the showground in Cefn Road, near Fishguard on August 5 again attracted excellent entries in all the livestock divisions.

With more than 70 entries beef animals dominated the cattle classes and best was given to Dylan Thomas with Cacoa B, his splendid four-year-old French-bred Limousin bull ahead of Daf Griffiths who took the group-of-three award with a trio of home-bred Lims.

The success story of the day, however, was that of Philip and Stuart Williams in the dairy cattle section who collected no fewer than 10 trophies with their superb Ayrshire and Holstein entries.

Irena Lewis held off all challengers in the well supported sheep classes taking the individual and group of three championships with selected animals from her Einon flock of pedigree Texels.

LLANGADOG: In recent years some of the best dairy cattle, mainly Holstein, have become a special feature of the annual Llangadog Show.

This year's champion was a home-bred junior cow in milk from Russell Law & Son, Fryn Rampage Shottle Lulu, who also took reserve with their in-calf cow, Pisgah Deepie.

Nicola and Helen Evans had similar success in the Jersey ranks with their Nicel Tonic Candy and Longhill Crescent Zulu.

The best dairy pair were produced by David Richards and the winning beef exhibit was a black Limousin from publican Eddie Morgan.

Helen White was supreme in the horse and pony section with her mountain and moorland entry and, from the sheep pens, local breeders Eiros Jones (Welsh Mountain) and Adrian Davies (Charollais) were outstanding.

The president's rose bowl, first donated to the show in 1920, for the best exhibit or trade stand was this year awarded to woodturner Iestyn Williams.

* GOWER: Crowds again flocked to the Gower Agricultural Show held at Penrice Castle Park as they have done on the first Sunday in August for well over a hundred years.

In the beautiful surroundings of the site near Reynoldston there was so much to see and enjoy, not least in the area specially set aside for the Shire Horse. Truly magnificent animals, these equines stand tall yet were seen to be gentle, noble and immensely strong. However, in the judging rings best from the horses and ponies was given to Phillipa Hughes of Llansamlett with her Anglo Arab ridden Hunter, Dolphin Superiority, and Lesley Hilliard of Nantycaws took reserve with her five-year-old chestnut Section B pony, Gryngallt Pretty Picture.

From the beef cattle on show supreme was given to the Aberdeen Angus bull, Dark Lane Romancer, owned by John James, Crosshands and heading the dairy exhibits was the Holstein third calver, Bixley Park Cassia 15, entered by the Tucker family of Horton.

Topping the sheep entries with their Suffolk ewe were John and Llinos Griffiths with their young sons, Harri and Tomos, and, similarly Gerallt and Joyce Owen, and son Llyr, stood out with their pig exhibits.

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* Supreme Horse Champion at Brecon was the cream 10-year-old Section B stallion Griashall Valentino entered by Mrs Sarah E Bowen of Glwyd Fawr, Defynnog and ridden by Eleanor Joseph
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