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200,000 people from all over the world.

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8,000 animals of all shapes and sizes, 150 acres

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Welcome to the biggest and best agricultural show in Europe.

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It's day three and the most eagerly anticipated day

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of the show because this is Welsh Cob Day,

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and some of the most beautiful horses you will see will do battle

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for one of the show's most prestigious prizes.

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You also have hounds, and the sheepdogs will show off their

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And no Welsh line-up would be complete without Gareth Wyn Jones.

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I'm back amongst the cattle for the big competition,

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the team of five, when even the judges will be judged.

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And comedian Omar Hamdi has been burning the midnight oil.

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I guess these guys will get a much better night's sleep than me

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because I'm not going to bed, I'm going offsite after dark.

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And you can keep up with the action of the show.

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A lot of the farmers who come here treat it

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But it's something of a Busman's holiday.

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And this could be called the farmers' toy department.

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You can find machines that will almost do all the work for you.

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On first view, it looks like a tractor that has

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It's all different tractors for different causes.

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This is 200 horsepower and is designed to steer itself.

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You have this yellow dome connected to the top.

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It will steer itself to an accuracy of two centimetres.

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Will the day arrive that you could be sitting in your living

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room watching TV with a computer game and letting your

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The days of levers and linkages are going.

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Everything is controlled by this computer screen.

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Extraordinary, and could you watch a movie if you wanted to?

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All you need now is a butler and a fridge.

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We can't do anything about the butler, but we do

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If there was a tractor that could do housework, I might be tempted!

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It turns out it's not just animals that can win prizes here.

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You're the machinery prizewinner at the Royal Welsh Show this year.

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We did have a nice big shiny trophy, but we had to give it back.

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We only had it for half an hour, it was very nice.

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Let's talk about this winning piece of equipment.

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This is a front-end loader and it goes on the front

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But I happen to know there are plenty of front loaders

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that go on the front of tractors, so what makes this prize-winning?

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We're really honoured to get this prize.

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This product is the culmination of five years and ?30

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The key to that was trying to develop something

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for the future that saves the farmer money and improves

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That sounds like it definitely deserves a prize.

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From a spectacular front-loader to somebody with an awful lot

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The horses here come in all different shapes and sizes -

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Whilst there are all kinds of horses to be seen here,

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the show is best known for being the ultimate showcase

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The smallest of these is the Welsh Section A,

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Section C, Welsh pony of cob type is next.

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Section D, the Welsh cob, is the Welsh largest section - strong

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They take centre stage at the Royal Welsh Show on Wednesday.

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Showing his Welsh cobs today is Jonathan,

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Jonathan, a massive day for the cobs today.

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We have all the mares and the stallions, which will

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The Main Ring will be five deep waiting for the cob stallions.

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The mares are a very big spectacle and some of the best will be

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she contracted a very bad virus within her stomach

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and she was due to be sold but because of illness,

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she was not allowed because she was not well enough

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to go to the sales and she stayed at home, and we have been very

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The last three years, she has competed at the Royal Welsh Show

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We all love her so much, she has put us on the map.

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The show everybody wants to win is the Royal Welsh Show.

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Fantastic, and really good luck to you today.

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Jonathan, you have just come out of the Main Ring, how did it go?

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Fantastic, she was fourth out of 45 mares, fantastic entry

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of mares, very pleased with the result.

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It takes a lot to exhibit a successful Welsh cob

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and a lot to be a judge, as today's Judge Daniel Morgan

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Kate went to meet him before the show.

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When you see a Welsh cob in action, you understand why they are such

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It takes decades of experience to produce an animal like this.

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I feel like I'm in the presence of The Queen!

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This is Gorgeous Lady, she is seven years of age.

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For Daniel Morgan, breeding cobs is in his blood.

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Yes, since I was that small, I have seen them.

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It is a quintessentially Welsh animal.

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Yes, it is, it has got to be beautiful, eye-catching.

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And the presence of the animal when she goes into the ring,

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or the stallion goes into the ring, captivates you straightaway.

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And they do have this wonderful physical presence, don't they?

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Looking at the shape of her, it feels like it's all about power.

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Yes, she has a wide chest and a good quarter as well.

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Daniel is the third generation of his family to judge at the show

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and he told me that looks aren't everything, it's also

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That was quite an acrobatic display, have you got your breath back?

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This is The Queen of the Park, she's 24 years of age now.

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She has had her coat again this year and...

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A beautiful, elegant animal, and I could not resist taking

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I might need to go and have a little lie down.

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That was an unforgettable day, and someone who has had

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an unforgettable night is Omar Hamdi.

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As you can see, the show is well and truly over for another night,

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but I have heard there are a lot of people who will be here late

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until the early hours, I am going to find them.

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It is gone midnight and all the cattle sort of are falling

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asleep and a lot of farmers are around them having a party.

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I thought they would be fully asleep by now,

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They are settled and chilled out and relaxing.

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Last year, we had a great time, the year before that, we had a great

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So what does this mean to people like you who are regular showgoers?

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It is a holiday for me, it is not just for farmers,

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We will all be up until about four o'clock and away we go.

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I will be sleeping with her tonight, just checking everything goes

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It is unbelievable how comfortable that animal and that person

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We will catch up with Omar's night-time adventure later,

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but I am in the food hall in search of Gareth Wyn Jones.

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Now, I thought I was the grandest person you knew!

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Apparently, that is not so, you have been hobnobbing with royalty.

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I went to meet the Prince of Wales, Kate.

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We had a long chat about local produce and traditional ways

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of farming and he was just so supportive.

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I offered him some of my lamb, do you know what he said?

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Young man, send me some of that mutton down!

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The Royals, as you know, have had a long association

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There is nobody from the Royal Family here this year,

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but it is not called the Royal Welsh Show

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There has been a Royal connection with the show since 1907,

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when George Prince of Wales agreed to become the patron.

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The George Prince of Wales Cup is still a coveted prize today,

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awarded for the best Welsh cob at the show.

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King Edward VII was also a regular visitor to the early shows,

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competing with his Hereford cattle, although he often left

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It would take until 1922 until the Welsh Show was awarded

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Royal patronage and became the Royal Welsh Show.

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Thw 1947 Royal Welsh at Carmarthen welcomed a young Princess Elizabeth

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for the first time and The Queen remains the patron today.

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Since the show settled in its permanent home

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at Builth Wells in 1963, the Royal family have

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The Royal Welsh Show brings people together -

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royalty, landowners, farm owners, tenants and farm

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workers, coming together to celebrate agriculture and rural

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Still to come: We've got a beauty contest for cattle.

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Omar braves the Young Persons' Village.

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And we find out which Welsh cob trots away with today's prize.

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Somebody else who hasn't just made his family proud,

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but the whole Welsh country, is Kevin, who came second

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in the World Sheepdog Trials in Holland last week.

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That looked like a very efficient round, Kevin, will you win today?

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But things went well and we are just waiting for the judges.

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Being on the world stage, as you were last week,

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We travelled to Holland and there were 240 of the best dogs

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in the world and I was lucky to come second.

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I know you are a border collie man and most people when they think

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of herding dogs they picture these lovely, little, spry dogs.

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But most herding nations have their own indigenous herding

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dogs and I have to say, and I know Kevin disagrees,

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that the Welsh sheepdog is amongst the finest.

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It is the most beautiful partnership between human

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and animal that I know, but four years ago I would

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never, ever have dreamt that I could do this.

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There is one person who has really helped me get my head around

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For farmer Adeline Jones no other breed can compare

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They have got a history that goes back hundreds of years.

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The other is that they are immensely practical.

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You can work with sheep or cattle or pigs.

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What is it that actively makes these dogs Welsh sheepdogs?

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It is the fact they are upright on their feet and they are very

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mobile and they can be vocal and not that stalking, fixed stare

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I know you have got some young dogs here today.

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Can we have a look at them showing off?

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I would love to show them off, but I cannot necessarily tell

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That is the other thing about the Welsh collie.

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Is it Saffy, the little young black and white one?

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She will turn in with her mouth, but she is not biting.

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They look like they are enjoying themselves and having a good time.

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But seeing Welsh sheepdogs work like this is still a rare sight.

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At one stage the breed was close to dying out.

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When the society was started, 20 years ago in 1997, they found 66

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Now we have got just about 2500 which we have bred over 20 years.

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But as far as farmers are concerned, these are really good,

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Certainly, I would not be without them.

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They are just very special working dogs.

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The Welsh Sheepdog Society celebrates its 20th anniversary this

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year and it is thanks to its work that these wonderful dogs

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will remain a feature of this rural landscape for many

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The show is an enormously important social event for farmers of all ages

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and when darkness falls there is just one place to be

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and that is the Young People's village, as Omar discovered.

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I didn't know exactly what that meant, the Young People's Village.

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It is a village in the middle of nowhere devoted to young people

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Scott, you are here at the Royal Welsh.

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This is one of my favourite gigs that I do all year.

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I do a lot of freshers' gigs, students all the year-round,

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but this is literary travelling miles and it takes about four

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hours and you get around the corner and it is all here.

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What is it that keeps drawing you back year after year?

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It is the energy of the crowd, it is 5000 young people.

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You can play anything and they love it, it is a proper party crowd.

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Omar, I am impressed, you have gone native.

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It was brilliant, I was drinking a lot of coffee but it was amazing.

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I was on stage DJing with Scott Mills, it

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And the first time ever at the show, did it change your expectations?

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Yes, it did, I like goats more than I thought I would.

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Do you think you will be back next year?

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Definitely, I have already booked it.

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Thank you for being with us and undertaking that midnight mission.

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One of the most unusual competitions is the team of five.

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One of the highlights of the show for me every year

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is this competition, the beef cattle team of five.

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The breed judge chooses the five best matching animals

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It is from all the entries at the show and not all

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This is a real clash of the Titans and someone who is an expert in this

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To make a team it is important there is at least one male or one

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female in the group, so you could have a combination

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of four females and one male, or four males and one female

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It is up to the breed judge to match these and this

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It must be even and that is what happened when the three judges

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It is not a question of individual animals, it is the team.

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There are a lot of cattle here at the moment.

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There are 75 animals here representing 15 breeds

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which we are glad to see, but we have also got our native

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We have also got the beef shorthorns and they go back to 1882.

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We have also got the Continental cattle in here which are represented

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It will be exciting to watch this climax.

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Everybody will be on their toes towards the end.

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It is a very hard job, but he will line them up at the end

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and get them down to eight and then down to four groups and then down

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to two groups and then he will decide the champions

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and the reserve and that will be our climax today.

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He has already picked four teams and he will select his champion

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This is really exciting and there is a massive crowd here.

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We have just come to the climax and the Charolais have won it

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It is like winning the World Cup in Rugby.

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This is such a popular competition where the crowd and the atmosphere

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When the winner is announced a mare called Trevelyan Rosanna,

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My goodness, something tells me this might be the winning corner.

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Can you tell me what has just happened?

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Nelson has won it and he is a lifelong friend and everybody loves

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him. And now it is time to meet

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the winner of the George And here she is,

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our triumphant winner and triumphant breeder,

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Nelson. Congratulations, she

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is a beautiful mare. Our dams produced several champions

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and when she was born and she was a foal, I knew

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she was going to be The looks, the way she moved,

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everything about her. What we did, at Christmas I gave it

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to him as a Christmas present, that was his Christmas present,

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Dean, his mare, and he is the owner. And you did all the hard work

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and the running around in the ring. When you are on a stage like this

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at the Royal Welsh Show, It feels like you are floating,

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like it is not real. When you came out here today,

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did you have any sense that you might be walking away with one

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of the most important prizes of the whole

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of the Royal Welsh Show? We always thought she was good

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enough to win it, and when Grandad gifted it to me he said she would be

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good enough to win I am absolutely delighted

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for all of you. Do you think her foal can

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be a future champion? I think she will, you will see

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her at a future show. Watch this space, this could be

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a future winner of the George, Let's now go to some

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of our other winners from today. # Lightning, this

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is what you came for. # Lightning strikes

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every time she moves. # And she is looking

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cool, cool, cool. # Lightning, this is what you came

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for. # Lightning, strikes every time she

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# Lightning, strikes every time she moves.

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# And she is looking cool, cool, cool, cool.

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That is all we have got time for today but we will be back

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tomorrow for the fourth and final day.

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I am up at the sheep shearing shed and we have got

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a fantastic competition between New Zealand and Wales.

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I will be meeting some goats who seriously have a hairstyle

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to compete with mine and fabulous foodie Andi Oliver will be

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raiding the food hall and putting up a storm.

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the food hall and cooking up a storm.

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