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Atkinson Action Horses stunt team headlines as Llanfyllin Show returns

The Atkinson Action Horses stunt team headlines the show entertainment.

The spectacular Atkinson Action Horses stunt team will be the headline entertainment as Llanfyllin and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show makes a welcome return on Saturday, August 13.

The popular show returns to Bodfach Park, after a two-year absence enforced by the pandemic, to celebrate the countryside and the community, providing a great opportunity to meet, compete and have a fun family day out.

Atkinson Action Horses, comprising a team of highly skilled horses and riders led by Ben Atkinson, thrills audiences with high energy, breath-taking stunt shows. Based in Yorkshire, the Atkinson family has been providing horses and riders for TV, film, photoshoots and live events for more than 25 years.

Main sponsor for the first time is Ridgway Rentals, a leading plant hire company based at St Martins, near Oswestry. Section sponsors are W Jones & Son – sheep shearing I. Jackson & Son – horticulture and Roger Parry & Partners – sheep.

The show is held on land owned by Christopher and Laura Acton, new owners of Bodfach Hall and Janet Jones, Parc, who was president for the 150th show in 2019.

This year’s president is Ianto Jones, who has been responsible for the layout and show’s trade stands for many years.

New this year is a Montgomery Young Farmers Clubs speed shearing competition which will be held on show night at around 6.30pm with up to 60 young farmers competing.

A show highlight is the sheep shearing competition, which attracts some of the best sheep shearers from across Wales. Competitions include classes for sheep, horses, sheepdog trials, horticulture, floral art, cookery and crafts, photography and art, woodwork and scarecrow making.

The show, which provides free parking, will also have its traditional Village Green area with activities for children, face painting, circus skills, a free bouncy caste, a magician,  Porthywaen Silver Band,  a vintage machinery display, a dog show, terrier racing, a Punch & Judy show, fun fair, more than 50 rade stands and a bar.

New food vendors this year are House of Wingz, Pizza Girls and 4 Seasons Catering.

Show tickets purchased on the day cost £12 for adults, £5 for children aged from four to 15 years and £3 for the under fours.

“After a two-year absence, it’s great to be back,” said Llanfyllin Show chairman Dyfrig Jones. “We have organised fantastic entertainment, including the Atkinson Action Horses stunt team. Alongside the wide range of competitions, which draw competitors from across the district, there is so much for a family day out.

“The loyal support we receive from sponsors and exhibitors and the success of competing farmers and members of the community have enabled us to run one of Wales’ best rural shows.”

He thanked members of the “dedicated and hard-working show committee” for their untiring effort and the loyal band of supporters who help during the build-up, on show day and the day after.