Royal Welsh elects lady president

20 December 2013

The President of the RWAS for 2014, Mrs Rhian Duggan, with her husband, John, who farm in Radnorshire.

A farmer’s wife from Radnorshire has been elected President of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for 2014.  Mrs Rhian Duggan of Crossgates, near Llandrindod Wells, who is only the sixth woman to become President of the society in the 110 years since its formation in 1904, takes over the office during Radnorshire’s year as the feature county.

This will be the fifth occasion for Radnorshire to be featured since the show settled on the permanent site at Llanelwedd in 1963.

Since then thousands of pounds have been contributed from across Wales and invested in the showground, making it one of the finest in Europe, and Mrs Duggan has been involved in all four of Radnorshire’s previous fund raising campaigns.

For the past 15 years she has been secretary of the RWAS County Advisory committee for Radnorshire and became a Life President of the society in 2000 in recognition of her services, receiving the award from HRH the Prince of Wales.

Together with her husband, John, and son, Andrew, they farm beef and sheep on 600 acres and she is responsible for an egg production unit of 12,000 laying hens.

Mrs Duggan is a former secretary of Rhayader YFC and is a past president of Penybont YFC and is county vice president of the Radnor YFC Federation.

Other lady presidents of the RWAS were HRH Princess Elizabeth when the Royal Welsh Show was staged in Carmarthen in 1947; Lady Marion Phillips (Pembroke-Dyfed) 1979; Mrs R. W. P. Parry (Brecon-Powys) 1980; Hon Mrs Sian Legge-Bourke (Brecknock) 1997; and Mrs Kate Thomas (Mid Glamorgan) 2009.