Thus the Tregaron Trotting Club was first formed in 1980 as 'Deri Llanio Harness Racing Committee', and it was on Deri LLanio fields, near Llanddewi Brefi that the first meeting was held on July 29th 1980. By August 1984 the club was creating history. The Cardis, renowned for the reluctance to part with money, where now offering the first £1000 harness race in Wales. The winner on that historic day MOUNTAIN HERO was bred in Tregaron by the committee's first secretary Gareth Lloyd Davies. Sadly Gareth did not live to see the fruition of the dream of any owner - to win Tregaron. It was however fitting that the winner was presented with the Gareth Lloyd Davies Memorial Trophy. This perpetual trophy is now presented to the winner of the Welsh Classic, the finest accolade.
Twenty years later and the club continues to create history. In 2002 the staged the first 3 day harness race meeting in the UK and by 2010 Tregaron Trotting Club offers almost £100,000 in prize money. Such money attracts the best and when they come to Tregaron they get the best. Back in 1984 it was with great foresight that 3 fields were transformed to what is by now universally accepted as the best grass track in the UK. It is with astonishment that many newcomers arrive at Dolrychain, unable to believe that such a track exists in the middle of the Welsh hills. Indeed those hills provide the backdrop to one of the most famous arenas in Wales, they encompass the unique atmosphere created and are witness to the finest performances any racegoer would wish to see. The popularity of Tregaron has resulted in extensive live TV coverage on S4C Rasus programme.
The season at Tregaron kicks off with the Spring Meeting, an early meeting in May, but as it is Tregaron trainers from all parts of the country will make sure that they have some of their stable stars ready to take the early season honours in The Spring Handicap or the 4 year old Senior Welsh Dragon. Furthermore as an added incentive, TTC now offer an annual bonus to any horse that wins any race in the Spring Meeting and goes on to win one of the Feature Races at the August Festival Meeting.
By the time the August Festival Meeting arrives at the end of August, all horses will be very finely tuned from the up and coming 2 and 3 year olds to the rising stars and the public favourite handicap horses to the might giants of the Free For Allers. All aiming to make it to the winners enclosure. Winning any race at Tregaron is an achievement and an accolade but winning one of the feature races such as The 2yo Junior Welsh Dragon or Dragoness; The 3yo Little Welsh Dragon or Dragoness; The Electric Mile; The Cors Caron Cup; The Strata Florida or the crowing glory The Welsh Classic is what dreams are made of.
The Club was formed to raise the standard of Harness Racing in Wales. Without doubt its aim has been long fulfilled, as it has become a pinnacle of Harness Racing in the UK.
TREGARON TROTTING CLUB OFFICIALS
PRESIDENTS: Mr & Mrs GLYN DAVIES
TREASURER:Dewi Lloyd Davies