WPCS President, Mr Eric Davies on the Welsh Cob mare Maesmynach Angerdd, carrying the Olympic Torch as it starts its journey from Aberaeron
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Aberaeron yesterday to see the Olympic Torch make its journey northwards to Aberystwyth, with the honour of starting the journey given to Mr Eric Davies, President of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society, riding the Welsh Cob mare Maesmynach Angerdd.
Many people had travelled a long way to witness only the second horse in the UK to carry the Olympic flame - Angerdd being the only native breed to have been given this honour. There was a lot of media interest in the event, with Mr Davies being interviewed for television and radio programmes. Angerdd was exemplary and a fantastic advertisement for the Welsh breeds, wtih crowds of children gathering around to give her a pat and the mare standing without flinching throughout. Angerdd was perfectly behaved the whole time, despite the applause, the noise of the crowds and the heat of the flame, which the President waved with gusto above his head as he set off on his journey.
After the official carrying of the torch, more crowds gathered around the Society's Exhibition Unit in the town square to see Maesmynach Angerdd and be part of this notable event.
The Society would like to thank Mr Davies for setting such a fine example of the wonderful nature of the Welsh breeds and to Angerdd for being such a magnificent ambassador.
See a video of the lighting of the torch here.