THE 100th Royal Welsh Show, with Pembrokeshire as feature county, lived up to the occasion as thousands enjoyed the sunshine and celebrations.

Rounding off a fantastic few days of hotly contested competitions, an awe-inspiring Supreme Champion of Champions competition was staged in the main ring on the Thursday afternoon.

Sponsored by Tesco, also celebrating their 100th anniversary, this special class saw horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs all competing for this one-off 100th Royal Welsh Show title.

The honour of judging fell to show director, Harry Fetherstonhaugh, in his final year in the role after 25 years.

Watched by thousands of visitors and all the stewards and honorary directors, Harry declared the winner of this one-time title as Offham Theresa 32nd, the Welsh Pig gilt Pig Supreme Champion, bred and exhibited by Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer from Lewes, East Sussex.

The overjoyed owners were presented with a unique crystal champagne bucket and matching flutes.


100th Royal Welsh Show Champion of Champions, judged by Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh: Pig Supreme Champion, Offham Theresa 32nd, a Welsh Pig gilt, bred and exhibited by Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer from Lewes, East Sussex.

Supreme Horse Champion, judged by Mr B Champion: Amesbury Champagne, a five-year-old leading rein pony, bred and exhibited by Mrs Anne Prosser and ridden by five-year-old Charlotte Prosser, both from Peterstone, Cardiff.

Supreme Beef Champion, judged by Mr Jack Henry: Sarcombe Dandelion OMG and bull calf, Sarcombe Kite, bred and exhibited Judy and Bridget Borlase from Watton-At-Stone, Hertfordshire.

Supreme Champion Dairy Cow, judged by Mr R J Saxby: Newbirks Jazz 1584, cow in milk, having calved four or more times, exhibited by Robert and Elaine Butterfield

Natwest Team of Five – beef breeds, judged by Mr R G Bartle: A team of British Blue cattle owned by Messers R and M Patterson, MJ and D Madders, Miss Charlotte Alford and Mr and Mrs DW and LE Morgan

Marks and Spencer Team of Five – dairy breeds, judged by Mr Meurig James: A team of Holstein cattle owned by Miss Charlotte Wilson and Mr Luke Lancaster, A H Wilson and Son, Mr Bryn Davies, Mr Robert and Elaine Butterfield.

Sheep Champion of Champions, judged by Mr R Wilson: A Texel ewe lamb, Proctors Cinderella, bred and exhibited by Mr Aiken from Wennington, Lancashire.

Pig Supreme Champion, judged by Mr N Overend: Offham Theresa 32nd, a Welsh Pig gilt, bred and exhibited by Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer from Lewes, East Sussex.

Goat Supreme Champion: Mineshop Maia, a British Saanen, bred and exhibited by Mr Chris Nye from Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Throughout the four days there where a number of commemorative celebrations to mark the 100th show milestone in the show’s history. These included hosting a wedding for one lucky couple.

The loved-up pair were nominated by friends to tie the knot during the show, in an all-expenses paid wedding, following a number of difficult years for the couple and their family. After a morning of washing horses and preening poultry ready for their competitions the following day, Bethan and Arwel tied the knot in the heart of the show. Surrounded by an intimate group of friends and family (and thousands of happy well-wishers) the couple exchanged vows in our picturesque bandstand, before enjoying a glass of chilled champagne and delicious wedding breakfast with their guests, showcasing the opportunity for others to get married on the showground.

On each of the four days, the main ring was transformed into a musical extravaganza celebrating 100 years of farming and welsh culture.

Complete with both traditional and contemporary music, song, dance and commentary, a procession of some of the earliest farming machinery to the most up-to-date technology available today was cleverly choreographed into a breath-taking display for all to enjoy.

Produced by the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Young Ambassador, Euros Llyr Morgan, the spectacle featured Wales’ finest, Shân Cothi wowing the crowds while on horseback and X Factor finalist, Lloyd Macey.

The 100th show was also picked up in many of the competitions throughout the showground with special commemorative prize cards and rosettes for the champions of each section, also with cake decorating, ornamental ironwork, forestry demonstrations and floral art classes depicting the theme.

Staying within the horticulture section, the show hosted the launch of a brand new sweet pea variety to commemorate the 100th Royal Welsh Show, named ‘Gwawr Cymru’.