Being held on 18 – 21 July at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, the event, known by many as the greatest agricultural show in Britain, attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year to come together and celebrate the very best of Welsh and British agriculture.
The show boasts an impressive 12-hour programme of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays each day.
This year the amazing Ukrainian Cossacks are headlining the entertainment in the main ring. This popular display will thrill the crowds with daredevil stunt riding skills. Continuing the tradition of their ancestors and riding their beloved Ukrainian Warmblood horses, (particularly suited to stunt riding because of their fearlessness and endurance), cossacks are truly masters of speed and agility. Performing somersaults on their horses and spurring each other on with loud shouts the riders can take themselves underneath their horses’ bellies and can make a six rider pyramid formation using two horses galloping side by side.
But theirs is not a newly acquired skill, it is steeped in the history of Ukraine. The Cossacks are known as the ‘Heroes of Ukrainian History’ and they practice outstanding horsemanship which they have shown at events throughout the world.
Another crowd pleasing attraction in the main ring will be the huge Big Pete and the Grim Reaper Monster Truck Team. Big Pete is one of Europe’s largest Monster Trucks with a full jumping 15ft in the air and crushing anything in their path. They will even have a game of tug-of-war, pulling a car in two! The crowds will be captivated by this noisy and action packed performance with the amusing and entertaining radio commentary by the driver throughout the display.
With over 30 years of experience, the Black Mountain Falconry team of Roger and June James will be wowing the crowds with a breath-taking display full of excitement, skill and a wonderful selection of majestic and captivating birds of prey.
Returning for their second year at the Royal Welsh Show will be the Tristar Carriage Driving team. The Tristar coach was built in 2013 and it is a replica of the famous ‘Prince of Wales’ coach that ran from Carmarthen to Cardiff back in 1816. The coachman, Daniel Williams, at the age of 39 is believed to be the youngest coachman in the UK to own and drive a coaching team and together with his team of Gelderlanders horses have won numerous coaching classes including the New Forest Show, Dorset County and Royal Winds.
Show goers will also be able to enjoy performances from the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh, Meirion Owen and the Quack Pack, the Inter Hunt Relay, trotting competitions and much more.
Visitors to the show will once again be able to make full use of the Royal Welsh Show App which will include a full timetable of events including all the main ring displays and performances, competitions, results, information on local traffic and weather. The App will be available to download free from the iTunes Store and Google Play closer to the show.
Reduced price e-tickets for the Royal Welsh Show are available online now. For more information visit www.rwas.wales