The RWAS Spring Festival (known to old hands as the Smallholder Show) was voted a wonderful weekend by pig exhibitors and visitors alike. Top honours went to HD & EM Roberts of Pwllheli with their lovely Welsh gilt, with Liz Shankland taking Reserve with her senior Tamworth sow.
Champion ‘any other traditional breed’ was young Association member Robbie Lang, with his Large Black gilt; ‘any other modern’ winner was a Pietrain from Helen Jackman, Berkshire honours went to Wendy Scudamore’s sow. Champion Saddleback was David & Sharon Groves’ sow, and Sam Jones took the Kune Kune championship with her sow, that had a lovely litter of eight piglets accompanying her – it seems that all top honours went to female pigs.
Junior Pig Handling classes drew the crowds, to see the fun, with young but
experienced pig keepers Catherine Nicholas, Joe Impey, Lucy Scudamore and
Stevie J Wake winning their tickets to the national final at Hatfield.
The Best Pig Pen award, judged by our famous vet Bob Stevenson, went to Association members Irving Carter from Wiltshire, followed by Sam Jones.
The pig agility classes produced some very well-trained pigs and skilful handlers
in front of a large crowd and Wendy Scudamore rounded off each day with a very
professional and entertaining demonstration of just what you can train pigs to
do. Thanks to Mole Valley Farmers for their sponsorship of the pig agility classes.
Our two garden displays were very well received, and the social side of the Association was also a highlight, with forty members and guests joining in an exciting Race Night and hog roast at the New Inn, Newbridge-on-Wye. Funds were raised for the Association and the Wales Air Ambulance, thanks to all who made it a real party night.
I don’t think any of our members went home without a rosette or medal, and many have used Facebook to say what good show it was.
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