Welsh Shearers and Woolhandlers on top of the world!

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is immensely proud of the Welsh Shearing and Woolhandling Team for taking three out of the six world titles at the 2023 Golden Shears World Championships held at The Royal Highland Show in Scotland last weekend.

The Golden Shears Sheep Shearing & Woolhandling World Championships showcases the art, skill and techniques it takes to be a world champion. This year The Royal Highland Show hosted the competition. Shearing teams from 30 nations flocked to Edinburgh to compete at the event, which is held in a different location around the globe every three years.

In what became a fantastic win for Wales, Gwion Lloyd Evans claimed the World Champion Individual Machine Shearing title, with fellow Welsh shearer and previous World Champion, Richard Jones finishing second.

In the team’s section, Evans and Jones combined superbly to take the Team Machine Shearing competition. The World Champion Woolhandling Team event was won by Welsh pair Ffion Jones and Sarah-Jane Rees.

Elfed Jackson and Gareth Owen came third in the World Blade Shearing Team Championship. Elfred was also sixth place in the World Champion Individual Blade Final.

Ably leading the Welsh Team to their success was Team Manager, Alwyn Manzini.

RWAS Chief Executive Aled Rhys Jones congratulated the Welsh Team on their excellent win.

“The Society, along with the whole of Wales, is so very proud of what the team has achieved in the Golden Shears. This is the best result Wales has ever had at the world championships, and we cannot wait to welcome the team back home to raise the roof at The Royal Welsh Show in just four weeks’ time.”

The RWAS express their grateful thanks to the main sponsors of the Welsh Team, Nettex Agri and Caleb Roberts Insurance Services Ltd.

For your chance to watch the world champions compete in our Royal Welsh Shearing and Woolhandling competitions make sure to get your tickets now. It’s going to be electric!

Please see below a list of all the Welsh winners at the Royal Highland Show and Golden Shears World Shearing Championships.

Royal Highland Show 2023 Shearing Results –

Open Machine Final

First – Mr Richard Jones
Second – Mr Gwion Lloyd Evans
Fifth – Mr Gareth Daniel

Intermediate Machine Final

First – Mr Dewi Jones
Second – Mr Deio Williams
Third – Mr Jack Samuel

Junior Machine Final

Fourth – Mr Harvey Samuel
Sixth – Mr Iwan Robert Ellis

Open Woolhandling Final

Fourth – Mrs Ffion Jones

Open Blade Final

Fifth – Mr Gareth Owen

Golden Shears Results –

World Champion Individual Machine Shearing – Mr Gwion Lloyd Evans

World Champion Machine Shearing Team – Mr Gwion Lloyd Evans and Mr Richard Jones

World Champion Woolhandling Team – Miss Sarah Rees and Mrs Ffion Jones

Third World Champion Blade Team – Mr Elfed Jackson and Mr Gareth Owen

Second Individual Machine Shearing – Mr Richard Jones

Sixth Individual Blade Shearing – Mr Elfed Jackson

For more information about the 2023 Royal Welsh Show or to buy tickets go to the RWAS website.

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