The Royal Three Counties Show took place this weekend with over 96,000 people descending on the showground in Malvern.
Visitors immersed themselves in a true celebration of the British countryside as England’s largest livestock and equine show unfolded. HRH The Princess Royal, patron of the Royal Three Counties Show, was in attendance on Friday to mark the momentous year for the event. The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery dominated the Main Arena with their spectacular displays each day accompanied by live music from The Band of the Queen’s Division, which proved to be a pinnacle of each day.
Ken Nottage, Chief Executive of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, said: “We are immensely proud of how this year’s Royal Three Counties Show has gone. The outstanding visitor numbers demonstrate that the countryside is still current in today’s modern and bustling world and that the agricultural industry is thriving. We were so lucky with the weather as the sunshine made an appearance throughout and the rain held off almost all weekend. 2016 has really been a outstanding year for the show with HRH The Princess Royal and The Kings Troop joining us and really putting the royal in our name. Thank you to all those who joined us. Plans are firmly underway for Malvern Autumn Show in September, which brings our 2016 show season to a close.”
The Grand Parade at the end of each day was a sight not to be missed. A pedigree of livestock was showcased with top accolades being awarded throughout the weekend. These included both The Rase Beef Burke Trophy and The Rase Dairy Burke Trophy, (the World Cup of the Cattle world) presented together for the first time in the history of the Royal Three Counties Show.
More school children than ever before immersed themselves in the fun of the farm. Record numbers of over 3,500 school children from over 60 schools visited the show on Friday, entirely free of charge. Into the weekend, over 400 eager scouts picked up their unique Royal Three Counties Show occasion badge, launched for 2016.
This year, Herefordshire played Host County for the show with a strong county theme thoughout. This included Herefordshire based champion national hunt jockey, Richard Johnson parading his 2000 Gold Cup winning horse, Looks Like Trouble in the Main Arena.
BBC Countryfile presenter and born and bred Gloucestershire farmer Adam Henson returned once again. Adam has been visiting the show since his childhood, exhibiting himself here alongside his father Joe Henson, a previous president for the show. Adam filmed an episode of the best loved Sunday night farming show from the event, alongside commentating on the Grand Parade each day. The Countryfile episode featuring the Royal Three Counties Show will be aired on Sunday 24th July.
The Royal Three Counties Show is England’s largest livestock and equine event and sees farmers, families and furry and feathered friends immerse themselves in the 3-day show.
For information on the Royal Three Counties and the Three Counties Agricultural Society’s events, please visit www.threecounties.co.uk/threecounties or call 01684 584900.