THE Royal Welsh Show has stopped short of cancelling the horse section following concerns over equine flu.

But all entrants will require proof of vaccination in order to attend.

In a statement today, the society said: "Following an assessment of the latest information and having taken professional advice regarding Equine Flu, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has today considered a range of options, including cancellation of the horse section, following our initial decision to strongly recommend vaccination.

"Putting the welfare of horses first, within this fast changing picture, the society has decided that all equines attending this year’s Royal Welsh Show must be properly vaccinated.

"The society is communicating this decision to all exhibitors and is conscious of the impact this difficult decision may cause.

"We will continue to work with our own veterinary professionals, the chief veterinary officer (Wales) and exhibitors to minimise the spread of animal disease."