his other interests were greyhounds, of which he owned a number
and ran them with a fair amount of success. In his younger
days he was a good shot, but later in life he preferred football,
boxing and horse racing.
enduring love, however, was the showing and breeding of shire
horses. He could often be seen leading a string of stallions
around the roads of Ruabon on their morning exercise. He had
moderate success with his shires and won two firsts at the
Royal Welsh Show and many at the Denbighshire and Flintshire
Show. He also won the Challenge Cup outright at this show.
took a great interest in the affairs of the Royal Welsh Agricultural
Society, and was an honorary director from 1921 until a few
months before his death, when he resigned the post. In 1937
he thought he may have to resign the post due to pressure
of business, but after many appeals for him to carry on, he
decided to do so at least until the end of 1940. However,
it turned out that he carried on until 1951, which was much
longer than he had anticipated. He also served a term as President
died on 14th March 1951 aged 72, and many kind tributes were
paid to him. The Chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural
Society spoke of the respect he was held in by the members,
and of his devotion to the Society, and the way that he carried
out the arduous tasks set him in an exemplary manner. He was
always friendly, cheerful and approachable and deplored any
sort of red tape. He had courtesy and tact in plenty, but
could be firm when it was called for.
his honour, the Reuben Haigh Perpetual Challenge Cup was created,
which was to be awarded annually at the Royal Welsh Agricultural
Show, for the best exhibit in the shire classes. It was first
presented in 1952 and continues as a lasting memorial to him
to this day.
death was reported in the local newspaper under the heading
"A Great Gentleman". It goes on to say that he was
natural and unassuming man, friendly and courteous to everyone
and always approachable by anyone at any time. He treated
rich and poor alike but was subservient to no one. It finishes
by saying that he was, as he himself would certainly have
put it "a plain Lancashire man". So it would seem
that he never forgot his county of birth.
was also a large public attendance and among them were Lord
Mostyn, Sir Brynner Jones and representatives from the Royal
Welsh Argicultural Society. Floral tributes came from many
people and societies with which he had been associated with
in his lifetime. They included the Cliviger Coal and Coke
Company, Chester Greyhound Association, The British Legion
and the British Red Cross. Many more also sent wreaths, too
numerous to include in this account.
would appear that Reuben was an extremely well thought of
man in all he did. Successful and well liked, he lived a full
life, and whatever hobby or task he undertook he enjoyed and
tried to give of his all. His interests were varied, but his
love of shire horses seemed to be the one thing above all
his other pursuits that meant the most to him, and it lasted
throughout his life.