There has always been a strong association between Tregaron and harness racing and it was the vision of a few Tregaron enthusiasts to establish not just an ordinary race meeting but a meeting that would put Tregaron on the map.
The Tregaron Trotting Club was first established in 1980 as the Deri Llanio Harness Racing Committee' and it was on the 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 their apparent reluctance to part with money, were soon offering the first £1,000 harness race in Britain. It was in that year that three fields were transformed to what is now universally accepted as the best grass track in Britain. Many first time visitors are astonished that such a track exists in the middle of the Welsh hills and those hills provide the backdrop to one of the most famous arenas in Wales. Its popularity has resulted in extensive live TV coverage, firstly on BBC Wales then on S4C’s Rasus programme.
The winner on that historic day in 1984, 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 many an owner’s dream of winning Tregaron. It was however fitting that the winner was presented with the Gareth Lloyd Davies Memorial Trophy. This perpetual trophy is now presented annually to the winner of the Oriel Welsh Classic, one of the finest accolades in British harness racing.
Twenty years later and the club continued to create history. In 2002 it staged the first 3-day harness race meeting in the UK and today Tregaron Trotting Club offers almost £100,000 in prize money.
The season at Tregaron kicks off with the spring meeting in May and trainers from all parts of the country 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.
By the August festival meeting all horses are finely tuned - from the up and coming 2 and 3 year olds and the rising stars to the public's favourite handicap horses, to the mighty giants of the Free For Allers - all aiming to make it to the winner’s enclosure. Winning any race at Tregaron is an achievement but winning one of the feature races such as The 2 year old Junior Welsh Dragon or Dragoness; The 3 year old Little Welsh Dragon or Dragoness; The Electric Mile; The Cors Caron Cup; The Strata Florida or the crowning glory, The Welsh Classic, is what dreams are made of.
The club was formed to raise the standard of harness racing in Wales and without doubt its aim has long been fulfilled. It has become a pinnacle of harness racing in the UK.