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This year's Royal Welsh Show was the bumper event everyone predicted.
 
With more paying public coming through the gates, more society members, more cars using the free car parks, record livestock entries, increased number of tradestands and a hugely successful programme of competitions, this week's show has exceeded all expectations.

Read more: Royal Welsh Show 2014 has been a bumper event but they are not complacent

The Royal Welsh Show 2014 commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War with a series of military main ring attractions and displays.
 
The big attraction in the main ring was the amazing King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery - the Queen's ceremonial Saluting Battery of superb equestrian soldiers trained to drive a team of six horses that pull the First World War 'thirteen pounder' state saluting guns at a gallop.

Read more: Royal Welsh Commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War

The worthy winner of this year's Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's equine themed Dr Emrys Evans Award, is Mr John Arwyn Evans of, Hilin Stud, Bryn Heilyn, Pentrefoelas, Clwyd.
 
There were eight nominees for the award from throughout Wales and the judges assessed their skills in all aspects of equine management including breeding, choice and preparation for sale and show, feeding, handling and training for leading, riding and driving, pasture management, record keeping and proposing a breeding/development programme for the future.

Read more: Mr John Arwyn Evans of, Hilin Stud, Bryn Heilyn wins Dr Emrys Evans Award

Each year the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society presents promising students and rising stars with awards and scholarships which recognises and pays tribute to their enthusiasm and dedication to Welsh agriculture.
 
"Our commitment to enhancing and promoting advances and education within agricultural and land based industries is as strong as ever" says John Davies, the society's Chair of the Board of Directors.
"It is with great pleasure that we, along with the generous support of our sponsors, are able celebrate the achievements of these young people and continue to further develop the Royal Welsh school of knowledge. We very much look forward to seeing what the future bring to them all"
 
And the winners are :-

Read more: The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Award the Future Stars of Welsh Agriculture

A busy first day set the tone for what is predicted to be a bumper Royal Welsh Show.
 
With the first ever visit from a serving Prime Minister, the day began with welcoming dignitaries and VIPs to the showground from across the country. Alongside Carwyn Jones, First Minister, David Cameron was joined by Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of Sate, Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for
Wales, Edwina Hart, John Griffiths, Rebecca Evans and many other political figures.

Read more: Royal Welsh Show Starts Well

Ten agricultural workers from across Wales, who together have notched up 422 years of service, will receive a Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Long Service Medal in recognition of their length of service to the agricultural industry at this year's Royal Welsh Show.
 
The recipients of this year's medals are:
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Read more: RWAS Long Service Medals for agricultural workers

The beautiful new livestock entrance, Porth Môn has been designed by local Radnorshire architect, Mike Garner.
 
The tower represents the Anglesey windmills and the sweeping roof line represents the Menai Suspension Bridge, these two elements have been cleverly designed to form a single structure. Funded by the Anglesey Feature County 2013, the new entrance was opened by Mr Wyn T Jones, last year's president, on Monday 21 July.

Read more: Radnorshire architect Mike Garner brings Anglesey to the Royal Welsh Showground

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