The Royal Welsh Show got off to a flying start yesterday

23 July 2013

The Royal Welsh Show got off to a flying start yesterday as the crowds poured on to the showground at Llanelwedd and the attendance reached 51,976 by mid afternoon.

Britain’s finest livestock specimens provided the highlights of the Show but there are many other interests to entertain visitors and a full programme of activities which today (Tuesday) begins at 8.00 am and continues to 7.50 pm.  

Welsh Ponies and Cobs are among the major attractions at the Royal Welsh and are popular with visitors from abroad who come to the Show especially to see them and watch their beautiful floating action as they compete for the prizes.

Today they will kick off the Main Ring programme with the judging of the senior classes for Welsh Mountain Ponies and the junior classes for Welsh Cobs.

In the Cattle Ring judging will include commercial animals and the Holstein, Ayrshire, Jersey and Dairy Shorthorn breeds together with the Brown Swiss a European alpine breed making its first appearance at Llanelwedd.

A new book chartering in words and pictures, the 50 years since the Royal Welsh settled permanently at Llanelwedd in 1963 went on sale at the Show yesterday and met with popular demand.  Copies will be available throughout the 4 days of the event.

In spite of the hot weather which saw temperatures sour to 29 degrees there were no problems for the animals on the showground, said Show Director Harry Fetherstonhaugh.

“We have invested in ventilation (£15,000) and have six vets on standby I want to assure you that animal welfare is taken extremely seriously and the situation is being monitored continuously” he said.