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Horses must be vaccinated to enter next month’s Llanfyllin Show

Horses that have not been vaccinated against equine flu will not be allowed to enter Llanfyllin Show next month.

The show, which is being held on Saturday, August 10, will be the 150th in the event’s history. Llanfyllin Show Committee followed the lead taken by the Royal Welsh Show on Tuesday to put the welfare of horses first.

Show chairman Dyfrig Jones said: “It’s disappointing news for owners and the show committee but we must put the welfare of horses first. We will be checking the passports of all horses that are entered to ensure that they have been vaccinated.”

The Animal Health Trust has revealed that there have been 160 laboratory confirmed cases of equine flu in the UK since the beginning of the year, including 24 in Wales.

Sixteen of these cases were in June – in Swansea, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Carmarthenshire, Newport, Wrexham and Mid Glamorgan.