The worthy winner of this year’s Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s equine themed Dr Emrys Evans Award, is Mr John Arwyn Evans of, Hilin Stud, Bryn Heilyn, Pentrefoelas, Clwyd.
There were eight nominees for the award from throughout Wales and the judges assessed their skills in all aspects of equine management including breeding, choice and preparation for sale and show, feeding, handling and training for leading, riding and driving, pasture management, record keeping and proposing a breeding/development programme for the future.
The candidates for the 2014 award were nominated by the Royal Welsh County Advisory Committees and the judges, Mrs Davina Fetherstonhaugh and Mr William Lloyd FRAgS, said their choice of the winner was unanimous and deserving.
“Throughout the judging process we were privileged to see horses and equine skills of a very high standard.” remarked Mrs Fetherstonhaugh and Mr Lloyd.
“Although we found a number of applicants who were of an extremely high standard; we felt that there was one who was exceptional. Mr Evans’ business was well thought out, his management was sustainable and his ponies exemplary. His animals were developing on suitable ground for their type, alongside an already established farming business and he was producing strong, versatile, very good looking ponies.”
The £2000 award, together with a certificate and a piece of Welsh Royal Crystal, is a prestigious prize given in the memory of Dr Emrys Evans, a Royal Welsh gold medallist and chairman of the RWAS board of directors, who died on the eve of the centenary show in 2004.