National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
This film is part of Free
"Around and About" 1949
A summer of shows – Rumney Horse Show Society's Show, Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show, Usk Farmers' Club Show – and a visit to Bristol Zoo where children ride on an elephant.
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It's August and it's show time! First up is Rumney Horse Show Society's Show where there is sack racing with a horse in tow. Then it's the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show, offering sewing competitions for men and women, and lastly Usk Farmers' Club Show with jumpers and hunters in the ring. There is also a family trip to the zoo in Bristol, the film-maker's home town, where children are seen riding on an elephant.
Reginald George Iles, who worked in Imperial Tobacco's Bonus Department in Cardiff, was a founder member of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Agricultural and Horse Shows Association and would film the area's summer shows for winter screenings. His two daughters can be seen on horseback in this film (the eldest daughter's trophy falls to the ground when her horse takes fright during the prize-giving) and, as adults, they both became involved in breeding horses.