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.

SMALLHOLDING AND COUNTRYSIDE FESTIVAL

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

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Smallholding & Countryside Festival on the 21st & 22nd May 2022.

SHOWGROUND

The 150 acre Royal Welsh Showground is open all year round. We host an array of exciting events set against the spectacular views of the Welsh countryside.

The Showground boasts many different venues catering for a variety of occasions such as weddings, business meetings, conferences, concerts, exhibitions and much more.

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.

A fantastic, fun-filled couple of days has been enjoyed by thousands at the Royal Welsh Smallholding and Countryside Festival in Llanelwedd this weekend. The two-day event was a celebration of rural life, showcasing the real diversity of the Welsh countryside, and proved to be a great day out for young families, smallholders, and anyone with a love for the great outdoors.

With opportunities to benefit from a wide variety of talks and demonstrations at the Smallholder’s Centre, smallholding farmers and garden enthusiasts were able to learn about all sorts of interesting activities, including beekeeping, foraging, sheep management, pig rearing, biodiversity, soil enrichment, and regenerative farming. Among the highlights of the Speakers’ Corner was a talk by BBC’s Ground Force and Garden Rescue presenter, Charlie Dimmock on Wildlife and the Water, where many gathered to pick up useful advice and gardening tips.

The Smallholding and Countryside Festival is always filled with exciting entertainment, and this year was no exception. From woodchopping and forestry competitions to the Medieval Re-enactment Camp, there was a wealth of different rural crafts on display. The Country Life area was bustling with have-a-go activities, such as the children’s cycling course, circus skills from the Panic Family Circus, and the Gower Dog Agility with the opportunity to bring your own dog to take part! The Premier Open Dog Show was also held in the Country Life Area, where we saw hundreds of dogs competing to qualify for Crufts 2023.

Attracting competitors and smallholders from near and far, the livestock and equine competitions had an excellent line-up of animals in all sections, and even a celebrity guest appearance from TV presenter, Kate Humble, who helped to exhibit ‘Eric’ the Highland Bull in the Traditional Rare and Native Breed cattle competition. Several livestock sections were added this year, including a new stand-alone Blue Texel Section, a Boer Goat Section, Dairy Cattle Youngstock, and Dairy Young Handler Sections.

Geraint James, the Honorary Festival Director commented on the success of the first RWAS event of 2022; “We have had a fantastic response to the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, everyone was so pleased to be back in Llanelwedd to kick-start the show season. For many, the Festival was the first event they have attended since the Covid pandemic so there was a real feel-good, positive atmosphere around the Showground, which the sunny weather only contributed to.”

New for this year, The Meirionnydd Shearing Centre was branded as the Wool Zone, showcasing the versatility and fabulous creations which can be made from wool with a variety of displays and tradestands. The wool handling competitions attracted many spectators who enjoyed watching the competitors battle it out in the novice, intermediate and open competitions.

There was a busy line-up in the Festival Display Ring to keep visitors entertained. The crowds gathered to watch the Show Jumping competitions, the BMX Bike Show and the Rockwood Dog Display. Meirion Owen and his Sheep Dogs performed their comical tricks, along with a host of other entertainment, including the spectacular vintage display of the Welsh Festival of Land Rovers where the RWAS Ambassador Lowri Williams got to take a ride around the ring in!

Tyfu Cymru once again took over the Members Centre for the Tyfu Cymru Growers Market, giving growers the opportunity to showcase and sell their products over the two days. The willow arch from West Wales Willows was decorated with beautiful fresh flowers from Flowers on the Farm and Blue Hill Flora, creating a striking photo opportunity for visitors.

In Hall 1 there was a range of educational activities on show, such as the Cows on Tour stand, the NFU Discovery Barn, Ysgol Calon Cymru’s Dragon’s Den project, and pottery demonstrations. Farming and horticulture-themed activity sheets were available to download online from QR codes across the Showground or printed copies could be collected from the Show Shop.

No Royal Welsh event would be complete without its offering of food and drink and this year’s Festival didn’t disappoint. As well as the Food Hall which hosts producers all showcasing the very best produce from Wales and the border counties, the popular Street Food Area was bustling throughout the weekend with people taking a moment to relax and enjoy a leisurely tipple and tasty treat.

The Royal Welsh app was relaunched for the Smallholding and Countryside Festival. Visitors were able to download the new-look app to get a sneak peek at the Festival programme and details before the event.

Looking ahead to the future, Geraint said; “Following my first year as Director, I am looking forward to developing the Smallholding and Countryside Festival further and working with new partners to create more opportunities and to expand the event. We are fortunate to have tremendous backing from all our traders, sponsors, competitors, volunteers, and visitors – at all our events, and are ever grateful for their continued support. The Royal Welsh Show is just eight weeks away, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the Showground in July.

The top results for the weekend are listed below, a full list of competition results will be available on the website shortly: www.rwas.wales

 

The top results from the weekend:

 

Livestock Results

Sheep            

Supreme Champion – Suffolk – Miss Faye Hendrie (Cat no – 459)

Reserve Supreme Champion – Greyface Dartmoor – S J & D A Champion (Cat no – 408)

 

Sheep Group of Three        

Supreme Champion – Black Welsh Mountain – Mr & Mrs Matthew & Donna Evans (Cat nos – 39, 67, 79)

Reserve Supreme Champion – Hill Radnor – Mr Owain Jenkins – (Cat nos – 264, 274, 281)

 

Pig     

Supreme Champion – PAMPERED SILVERWINGS 9 – Dr Phillipa Timmins (Cat no – 32)

Reserve Supreme Champion – BURFORD DOLLY 101 – Mrs Sharon Barnfield (Cat no – 45)

 

Angora Goat

Supreme Champion – Rogers Family (Cat no – 11)

Reserve Supreme Champion – C & D Tyler (Cat no – 2)

 

Angora Goat Fleece Competition

Champion – Debbie Francis (Cat no – 13)

Reserve – Debbie Francis (Cat no – 25)

 

Dairy Goat Day 1

Champion – ASHDENE MINSKIP – Mr Nick Parr (Cat no – 2)

Reserve – ASHDENE MEADOWMAID – Mr Nick Parr (Cat no – 22)

 

Dairy Goat Day 2      

Champion – ASHDENE MINSKIP – Mr Nick Parr (Cat no – 2)

Reserve – ASHDENE MEADOWMAID – Mr Nick Parr (Cat no – 22)

 

Pygmy Goat Breed Champion       

Champion – PENRHIW CLEO – Mrs Jill Osborne (Cat no – 13)

Reserve – SUNNYMOUNT ZEBEDEE – Messrs Nigel & Tim Keen & Bee (Cat no – 28)

 

Pygmy Goat Pet Champion

Champion – DREAMERS NELL – Tracey & Paul Cater & Hemmings (Cat no – 3)

Reserve – N/A

 

Boer Goat     

Champion – DALBURY FREDA – Mr Ian Johnson (Cat no – 19)

Reserve –  HORNETS LAGO – Alan & Jo Jenkins (Cat no – 4)

 

Cattle

Supreme Champion – DEXTER – MARSHBROOK CARAMEL – Mrs Elayna Astbury (Cat no – 60)

Reserve Supreme Champion  – DEXTER – MARSHBROOK SHAMROCK – Mrs Elayna Astbury (Cat no – 59)

 

Best Sheep Breed Tradestand Award       

Winner – Shetland Sheep Society

Reserve – Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Society

 

Best Cattle Breed Society Stand   

Winner – HIGHLAND CATTLE CLUB OF WALES

Reserve – RED POLL CATTLE SOCIETY

 

Equine Results

CHAPS Mid Welsh Regional Show In-Hand

S.23     Supreme Championship

Champion – Michelle Pickford,  with Gold Dust

Reserve – Hywel & Jackie Williams with Ifan Ddu Desert Rose,  Handler – Gavin Merkel

 

CHAPS Mid Welsh Regional Show Ridden

S.92     Supreme Championship

Champion –     Sophia Chambers, with Roquefort Papillon

Reserve –        Lynne Startin with Dare to Dream III,  Rider:- Zara Owen

 

Heavy Horses/Shires & Foreign/World/Rare Breeds

  1. 28 Championship

Champion –     R & A Parfitt with Tresaison Le Luka

Reserve –        Gill Moore with Guldagers Sleipner

 

Traditional Gypsy Cobs

S.34     Championship – Quest for a Star (Traditional)

Champion –     Sioned Roberts with Champagne Showers

Reserve –        Alys Matravers with SD Out of the Blue

 

S.38     Championship – Go for Glory (Part Bred)

Champion –     Alys Matravers with Tiger Mazarati

Reserve –        Angharad Lloyd with Professor Higgins

 

Novice Section – Ponies

  1. 47 Championship

Champion –     Emma Edwards with Tyfel Zorro,  Rider – Hattie Edwards

Reserve –        Pauline & Chloe Jones with Cwmesgair Touch of Class, Rider – Chloe Jones

 

Novice Section – Horses

  1. 54 Championship

Champion –     Zara Owen with Kilnamona Puccini

Reserve –        Emma Edwards with Cordoba

 

Veteran Horse Society Area Qualifier 2022

  1. 59 In-hand Championship

Champion –     Wayne Rees with Oldhills Princess Belle,  Handler – Cameron Brady

Reserve –        Richard & Jean Evans with Mountcharles Firefly, Handler – Lois Medi Hughes-Jones

 

  1. 64 Ridden Championship

Champion –     Terinna Pesci-Griffiths with Sunnybanks Riverdale Classic

Reserve –        Sarah Powell with Pentaran Sea Samphire

 

Working Hunters

  1. 70 Championship

Champion –     David Thomas with Penstrumbly Our Latif, Rider – Victoria Thomas

Reserve –        Gemma Hughes with Captain Everything, Rider – Daisy Hughes

 

Mountain & Moorland

  1. 75 Championship

Champion –     Christina Elliott with Blackthorn Panche, Rider – Amy Wilde

Reserve –        Lucinda Dargavel with Collstone Cascadian

 

British Miniature Horse Society

  1. 99 Championship

Champion –     Charlotte Leonard with Scotts Olympic Dream

Reserve –        Lynda Giboney with Blacksprits Little Leo

 

Irish Draughts

  1. 108 In-Hand Championship

Maturity Champion –   Leander Walton with Cosette’s Prospect

Breeding Champion – Lindsey John with Ainninn Gealach, Handler – Zara Owen

Breeding Reserve –    Louise Harris with Clogherboy Bonnie

 

  1. 111 Ridden Championship

Champion –     Cherie Bufton with Hayestown Western Rose

Reserve –        Charlotte Harry with Kilcannon Kit Cat

 

Hacks & Riding Horses

  1. 114 Championship

Champion –     Georgia Wood with She’s a Lady II

 

Donkey Breed Society

  1. 124 Championship

Champion –     Clare Humphries with Lottie

Reserve –        Clare Humphries with Jake

 

Side Saddle

  1. 129 Championship

Champion –     Rachael Forkings with Kilcannon Skyfall

Reserve –        Charlotte Harry with Kilcannon Kit Cat

 

Arabs

S, 132  Ridden Championship

Champion –     Anne Pritchard-Simmons with Lowland Shanaya, Rider – Jessica Pritchard -Simmons

Reserve –        Suzanne Stephens with Cruzeiro