Denbigh's successful Roll the Barrel

Published date: 27 December 2013 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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HUNDREDS of spectators gathered in Denbigh for the 55th running of Roll the Barrel.

Crowds lined in Denbigh High Street to watch the festivities on Boxing Day, which included the championship barrel racing, junior races, vintage tractor procession and traditional Boxing Day meet of the Flint and Denbigh Hunt and Hounds.

Horses, dogs and riders made their way through the town ahead of the annual hunt.

They also received the traditional Stirrup Cup, prepared and served by the Rotary Club of Denbigh, who organised the event.

The Roll the Barrel, sponsored by Lock Stock, has been staged since 1958.

Gary Madoc-Jones from Llannefydd won the men’s event again this year and Tina Hoyles won the women’s event.

The weather conditions were good throughout the day and the town welcomed a competitor, Sarah Smith from New Zealand.

The event has become international with also spectators from Canada.

Denbigh Mayor Gaynor-Morgan Rees who attended the event said: “It was a wonderful day.

“There was hundreds of spectators who came and I met people from America and New Zealand who really loved the event.

“The entire hunt turned up they were packed in like sardines but the horses were so quiet and lovely.

“The weather was perfect it wasn’t cold and there wasn’t a breath of wind.

“The event is getting bigger every year and it was on of the most successful yet I would say."

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