Welsh shearing at its best!

10 August 2016

With an incredible atmosphere and the noise from the cheering supporters raising the roof, the Meirion Shearing Centre was the place to be at last month’s Royal Welsh Show.

The shearing competitions during the four-day show always draw the crowds and this year was no different; even Welsh rugby international legend Leigh Halfpenny joined the Welsh Shearing Team on stage on the Wednesday!

This year’s show saw Ian Jones winning the Champion Shearer of Wales competition. Having previously come close to winning the competition before, this is the first time for local boy Ian from Hundred House to take the coveted title.

The winner of the Welsh Open Circuit was Gwion Lloyd Evans from Denbigh. Both Ian and Gwion are now in the Welsh Machine Shearing Team for 2016/2017.

The crowds continued to roar as the machine shearing tests took place against France and New Zealand with Wales winning both contests. Once again Wales did the Royal Welsh Show proud by also winning the Six Nation Blade Shearing Competition where Welsh team members Elfed Jackson from Bethesda and Gareth Owen from Beddgelert competed. Gareth also won the Open Commercial Blade Shearing competition at the show and Elfed won the Welsh Open Blade Shearing Circuit.

Watching on the Wednesday afternoon, Aled Jones, Assistant Chief Executive said “The atmosphere at the Meirion Shearing Centre was electric. In the Wales v New Zealand test, supporters responded to the Haka by raising the roof with their singing of the Welsh national anthem.”

New Zealand performing the Haka
Welsh National Anthem

The winner of this year’s Open Woolhandling Competition was Robyn Charlton from Presteigne followed by Ffion Davies from Corwen (formally from Libanus, Brecon) who won the Welsh Open Woolhandling Circuit. Ian, Gwion, Elfed, Gareth, Robyn and Ffion will form the Welsh Team who will now go forward to the Golden Shears World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships being held at Invercargill, New Zealand in February 2017.

“With strong performances across all disciplines of machine shearing, blade shearing and woolhandling, excitement is building towards a mouth-watering Golden Shears World Championships next February. I wish all team members and their manager, Martyn David, the very best of luck.” added Aled Jones.

Welsh Team manager, Martyn David said “I am incredibly proud of the team and am so pleased with how they’ve done. The professionalism of Welsh shearing has improved tremendously over the past few years and everyone is delighted with their achievements. We are all excited for the world championships in New Zealand next year and I would like to thank the RWAS, volunteers and stewards for all their support.”

A full list of shearing results are available online at www.rwas.wales