Tributes have been paid to a horse trainer from Llandeilo who died during a national event.

Ryan Bryn Jones collapsed at the Arab Horse Society’s National Championships at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on Friday, July 26.

It is believed that he had suffered a cardiac arrest and he died at the scene.

The 43-year-old was part of a well-known farming family that kept cattle, sheep and Arabian horses.

Mr Jones, a father to two daughters, had since moved to Shropshire and travelled all over the world showing Arabian pure breeds.

Following Mr Jones' death, the rest of the national show was cancelled.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up in a bid to honour Mr Jones by naming prestigious awards in his memory.

On the page, his family wrote: “Ryan was passionate about the Arabian horse and very much believed in supporting the development of our young trainers and handlers.

“With his sudden and devastating passing, we would like to honour his legacy with memorial trophies in his name: the Ryan Jones Memorial Trophy for Best In Show at the British National Championships; the Ryan Jones Memorial Trophy for Best Mare at the UK International Show in Addington; and the Ryan Jones Young Trainer Incentive Award.

“This special award will be presented to the young trainer/handler who has accumulated the most points during the show season and will be awarded at the UK International Show.

“In order to make this happen, we are turning to our Arabian horse family to ask for support in honouring Ryan and the terrific impact he had on our beloved breed.

“Thank you, from the Jones family and Sue.”

A memorial service will be held for Mr Jones at the showground in Llandeilo on Tuesday, August 20 at 2pm, where donations accepted in his memory will go towards the fundraising drive and the British Heart Foundation.

A spokesman for the Arab Horse Society said: “Words will never be adequate to express the sorrow and pain that is being felt by the family and all his friends in the Arabian horse world.

“We send our deepest condolences to the Jones family and to his partner Sue.

“Due to this tragic event it was decided to cancel the rest of the show on compassionate grounds. The decision was made with the heaviest of hearts but done out of respect for the family involved and due to very little enthusiasm for it’s continuance from competitors and officials.”