The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales for over a century, since its formation in 1904.

Today our work includes providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities, and the organisation and staging of our ever-popular society events; the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, the Royal Welsh Show  and the Winter Fair.


Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys. LD2 3SY

Smallholding & Countryside Festival 2021 – Cancelled due to COVID-19

We look forward to seeing you at next years Smallholding & Countryside Festival 2022

In the absence of the Royal Welsh Show, cancelled in line with ongoing restrictions the RWAS is pleased to announce a list of section classes that will be held during our upcoming equine show this Autumn held on the Royal Welsh showground over the 3rd weekend in September.

The following Sections will be judged over the two-day event held on 18th & 19th of September 2021;

  • Welsh Mountain Ponies – Section A
  • Welsh Mountain Ponies – Section A – Under Saddle
  • Welsh Ponies – Section B
  • Welsh Ponies – Section B – Under Saddle
  • Welsh Ponies (Cob Type) – Section C
  • Welsh Ponies (Cob Type) – Section C – Under Saddle
  • Welsh Cobs – Section D
  • Welsh Cobs – Section D – Under Saddle
  • Welsh Part Bred
  • Welsh Part Bred – Under Saddle
  • Welsh Geldings
  • Coloured Horses and Ponies
  • Shetland Ponies
  • Hunters Breeding
  • Sport Horse
  • Working Hunters
  • Retraining of Racehorses
  • Palominos
  • Side Saddle
  • Riding Ponies Breeding
  • Show Hunter Ponies Breeding
  • Show Hunter Ponies
  • Lead Rein & First Ridden
  • Children’s Riding Ponies
  • Mountain & Moorland – Ridden
  • Mountain & Moorland – Lead Rein & First Ridden
  • Hunters Riding
  • Cob, Hack and Riding Horse
  • Irish Draughts
  • Arabs


All exhibitors will need to adhere to the equine influenza ruling in order to be allowed to compete. As a reminder and to avoid disappointment on the day please make sure that your horses are up-to-date with their equine influenza vaccinations.

*Please see Equine Influenza rules below*

The Society is working closely with the Welsh Government to influence the lifting of restrictions and it is hoped that announcements in the next days and weeks will mean this event is able to run without Social Distancing and restricted numbers.  The RWAS will however be ensuring that steps are put in place to ensure the safety of everyone attending.

A full schedule, judges etc. will be circulated shortly.

Equine Influenza Rules

The Society expects all equine entries to have an up-to-date equine influenza vaccination record. They must have received two primary vaccinations which are given not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart.

If sufficient time has elapsed the equine entry must also have received a booster vaccination which is given not less than 150 days and not more than 215 days after the second component of the primary vaccination, and further booster vaccinations at intervals of not more than a year apart. None of the vaccinations must have been given on the day of entry to the showground or on any of the six days before entry to the showground.

Note: Minimum requirements are the two primary vaccinations, plus seven days before entry to the showground. Foals six months of age or older must meet the minimum equine influenza vaccination requirement.