Anglesey Show: horses banned after equine flu outbreak

Anglesey Agricultural Society

The Anglesey Show will not feature any horse section at this year’s event.

Organisers have cancelled all equestrian competitions during the two-day show at Mona in the wake of an equine flu outbreak. At least one case of the disease has been confirmed on the island.

But the Anglesey Agricultural Society say the rest of Sioe Môn on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th August will go ahead as planned.

Last weekend, the Caernarfon Show was cancelled outright amid similar fears over equine flu.

One case has been confirmed in Gwynedd with another suspected in the Dolgellau area – five were reported in the Bwlchgwyn area near Wrexham.

Royal Welsh Show organisers have also banned any horses or ponies who are not vaccinated from taking part in this month’s event at Llanelwedd.

In a statement on Thursday, the Anglesey Agricultural Society said they would give a full refund for all horse entries and stabling.

A spokesperson added: ”The primary reason for taking this decision is the welfare of the animals and a recent confirmed case of equine flu on Anglesey.”

”I can assure you that the show will go on, with all other sections carrying on as usual. We will work on arranging an exciting line up of main ring attractions…and please be assured the horses will be back next year bigger and better.”

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