Champion Hereford Bull Ronaldo paid a visit to the Three Counties Showground in Malvern this week ahead of the herd of visitors that are expected to descend on the showground for the Royal Three Counties Show.
Ronaldo is from the Bounds Herd at Westons Cider Visitor Centre. A returning champion, Ronaldo is already well acquainted with the showground after winning the coveted Senior Champion title in the 2014 Hereford Class.
Staff from the showground and headline sponsor Santander escorted the champion bull on a tour of the site. This included a return trip around the newly improved main arena that hosts the daily highlight that is the Grand Parade sponsored by Santander. The Grand Parade showcases the magnificent livestock that have competed in the classes throughout the day. On the Sunday of the show there is an additional parade specifically for Rare & Minority Breeds, which will include Hereford bulls.
Chief Executive Ken Nottage, from The Three Counties Showground, said: “We were so pleased to welcome back a returning champion to the showground ahead of this year’s Royal Three Counties Show - he really is a magnificent beast! We are delighted to be welcoming Santander as our headline sponsor to the UK’s largest livestock and equine show and we are so proud of our reputation for the outstanding quality of livestock we attract. This year we have rebranded the Sunday of the show as Rare Breed Sunday in order to promote and support rare and native breeds of which the Hereford is one. We are very proud of our heritage, we date back to 1797 and our visitor surveys tell us that it is one of the friendliest agricultural events on the calendar.”
The Three Counties Agricultural Society’s signature event will once again celebrate the very best of British farming and its rich heritage, alongside artisan food and thrilling family entertainment. 2015 will see the introduction of a variety of new attractions including a starring line up of experts, the first ever hound show in the history of the Royal Three Counties Show, stunt displays from The Devils Horsemen, aeronautic displays from The British Army’s Parachute Regiment, the Red Devils, the England v Wales Sheep Shearing Test Match and much more.
A core objective of the show is to encourage the next generation of UK agriculturalists and Friday 12th June invites schools to visit for free to take part in the Santander Schools Trail. Special educational tours themed around key areas of agriculture offer children a choice of hands on activities. As part of their education initiative staff from Santander will escort school parties to ‘Discover Dairy’ and learn about ‘Forgotten Skills’ such as woodturning, stone carving and basketwork.
The Royal Three Counties Show will take place from Friday 12 June until Sunday 14 June. Tickets are now on sale. Advanced tickets are priced from £16 for Three Counties members, and from £17.50 for non-members. Advance ticket sales close at noon on 8 June. Family and childrens tickets are available and tickets are available on the gate. For information on ticket prices and further information on the show, please visit www.royalthreecounties.co.uk call 01684 230128.
Schools must pre book to receive free entry to the Royal Three Counties show on Friday 12th June. To book, please contact Sue Verdeyen at ku.oc.seitnuoceerht@eus