About this group
Local harness racing enthusiasts formed Amman Valley Trotting Track in 1979, they were all volunteers and this remains the same not one member even takes expenses all monies are used on upkeep and any profit is used on improvements. The first race meeting took place in 1980. The track was run on an annual licence from the former Lliw Valley Borough Council until 1994. When a permanent lease was obtained which made the track more secure and prompted investment for the future. Over the last twenty-two years the track has been upgraded and is now one of the fastest all weather hard tracks in Great Britain.
The track is situated in the village of Tairgwaith near Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, and was built on the reclaimed site of two coal slag heaps, spoil from the Maerdy and Steer deep mines. Amman Valley Trotting Club promote on average twelve harness race meetings a year.
The members feel that the 25-acre site should be used more often than it is at present, harness horses are trained there on a regular basis and they are positive that many other equestrian sports would benefit from this fantastic training facility. The racing events they have promoted during the past 32yrs have grown in stature and this small organisation have become very successful at promoting and would like to diversify to organise other equestrian events at the site. We have also introduced Flat Track motorbike racing and Stunt Show events at the venue enabling local people to see these shows without having travel great distances.
We would also like to help the environment and the community by having solar panels on site to generate our own electricity and feed back into the National Grid any surplus energy.