Livestock and horse schedules have been announced for the Spring Festival being held on Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20 at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.

The celebration of smallholding and rural life will host nearly 400 classes, competitions and special awards for sheep, pigs, goats and cattle, many of which are for traditional, rare and native breeds.

There are new Large Black classes in the pig section, additional young handler competitions, novice sheep showing classes and a chance to have-a-go at stock judging.

For those more interested in everything equine, this year’s Spring Festival horse schedule has nearly 120 classes.

As well as the show jumping, working hunters, CHAPS Mid Welsh Regional Show, British Miniature Horse Society, Donkey Breed Society, and Veteran Horse Society classification, this year the society has affiliated to even more breed societies. This means that there are more chances to qualify for further competitions, including the Moorbennhall Irish Draught Youngstock Challenge qualifier, the Blue Chip & Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) £2,000 Challenge, the Classical Ladies Side Saddle Qualifier, the British Arabian Championships 2018 and the Veteran Horse Society Supreme Final.

There are also new classes for foreign, world and rare breeds within the Heavy Horse and Shire Section, along with a new Novice Section which includes classes for Lead Rein, First Ridden, Show Hunter, Retrained Racehorses and Ridden Cobs or Cob Type.

The festival will also feature food and drink, live music, country sports, shopping, demonstrations and fun, have-a-go activities.

The closing date for both livestock and equine entries is April 3. For copies of the schedule and entry forms, visit