Royal Welsh Show opens today

22 July 2013

The Royal Welsh Show – the 50th to be held at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, since it settled there permanently in 1963 – opens today.  The prospect of fine weather and entries of around 7000 livestock indicate another bumper four-day event for visitors from Wales, the rest of the UK and overseas.

Nearly 1300 classes and special awards are scheduled including those for 43 breeds of sheep, the largest display of its kind in the world, and 300 for cattle including, for the first time at the Royal Welsh, classes for the dairy breed Brown Swiss, which originated in the Alpine regions of Europe.

Among the star attractions in the main ring are the Lusitano horses from the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art and the Kangaroo Kid one of the world’s most prolific stunt motor cycle riders.

On Wednesday the show will welcome their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.  This will be the Duchess’s first visit to the show and the seventh time for the Prince to be at the event.

A special book of photographs recapturing some of the highlights of the last 50 years at Llanelwedd will be on sale at the show.

An innovation for visitors is the introduction of the Royal Welsh App which will allow them to view the program, select their favourite events, interact with a map of the showground and get information on results, traffic, the weather and much more.