Popular BBC Radio 2 presenter and author, Sara Cox will be judging at the Royal Welsh Show next week alongside her father, Len.
Sara, host of BBC Radio 2 drivetime show every weekday, will help to judge the Interbreed Beef Young Handler competition at the show on Wednesday.
“I’m so excited to be returning to the show ring alongside my darling dad,” said Sara. “Some of my happiest childhood memories are of loading up his cattle and heading off to the summer shows.
“To be asked to help judge at such a huge and prestigious show as the Royal Welsh is a real honour. I’m nervous and thrilled in equal measure, and looking forward to enjoying all that the show has to offer whilst taking in the glorious Welsh countryside.”
The Interbreed Beef Young Handler competition judges the ability of the handler to control and show the cattle in the ring. Competing young handlers can be from 14-26 years of age.
Sara and her father will be looking for the best handler of the cattle, not the quality of the cattle. However, the animals on display must be shown in their best condition. Awards, cash prizes and rosettes are all up for grabs for the champion and reserve champion.
Experienced judge Len has bred pedigree Polled Herefords for more than 40 years on his farm in Bolton. He shows his Masefield Herefords with great success at local shows including Bury, Garstang, Cheshire, The Royal Lancashire and The Great Yorkshire.
Sara hosts the BBC Radio 2 drivetime show every weekday and has presented a number of television and radio shows during her career. Her recent television credits include Love in the Countryside, The Great Pottery Throw Down and she currently presents the book review programme Between the Covers which returns for a seventh series this autumn.
Her memoir ‘Till the Cows Come Home: A Lancashire Childhood’, talks with great fondness about her life as a farmer’s daughter, including attending agricultural shows with her dad, Leonard Cox. Her debut novel ‘Thrown’ is out now and both books were Sunday Times bestsellers.
A great animal lover, Sara now lives in North London with her family, along with three dogs, two cats, two tortoises and an Irish sports horse.
Now in its 102nd year, the Royal Welsh Show takes place from July 24-27 at Builth Wells. The action packed, four-day event celebrates not only food and farming, but culture, diversity, the Welsh language and a love for the land.
Thousands of animals and exhibitors will compete in the judging rings, hoping to go home with a much-coveted Royal Welsh rosette.
For more information about the 2023 Royal Welsh Show, or to purchase tickets head to our website: https://rwas.wales/royal-welsh/
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