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Catherina Cunnane
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Royal Highland Show: Virtual showcase to open ‘global shop window’

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) will livestream this year’s show.

Taking place over the week of June 14th-June 20th, 2021, the showcase, a first of its kind event in the UK, will see “the best” in livestock judging, equestrian, food and drink and rural skills live-streamed from the Ingliston showground in Edinburgh to a global audience.

This will mark the first time exhibitors will have been in the ring since 2019.

Exhibitors can apply online for beef cattle; dairy calves & showmanship; sheep; goats; Scottish bread championship; technical innovation awards; Scottish dairy championship and Scottish handcraft championship.

The closing date for these sections is May 7th.

Heavy horse and light horse entries will open a week later, on April 23rd, and close on May 21st. Organisers will announce entries for show jumping, sheep shearing and poultry in the coming days.

Entries are open to all the UK, subject to Scottish Government restrictions closer to the time.

Organisers have confirmed that overnight accommodation available for exhibitors the night before their class to enable those who need to travel from afar to compete.

Schedule of events

They will stage beef cattle and sheep classes will take place on Monday and Tuesday, with heavy horse classes and forestry on Wednesday and Thursday.

Furthermore, Friday and Saturday will see the light horse (including HOYS qualifiers) and show jumping, will run from Thursday to Sunday. Besides, Saturday and Sunday will also see dairy calves & showmanship, poultry and sheep shearing take place.

Organisers will publish confirmed full schedules mid-May once they have received all entries.

They will live-stream most classes across up to four channels as they happen from Ingliston, with others being featured in an ‘on demand’ section of the website for later viewing that week and will be hosted on the site for up to 3 months after the event.

All content will be free to access, with RHASS members gaining access to an exclusive ‘Members Only’ area of the website.

Reconnect and come together at Royal Highland Show

RHASS chairman, Bill Gray, commented: “We have been energised by the positive responses we’ve seen to the showcase so far.”

“The team has been working extraordinarily hard to ensure we can still carry out our charitable remit of supporting and promoting Scotland’s agricultural industries this year.”

“Our exhibitors and their livestock are no doubt eagerly anticipating the opportunity to get back into the show rings. We know that this will be an important event for the rural community to reconnect and come together after a tough year.”

“For the first time ever, our classes will be live-streamed, meaning your livestock or business will be showcased to homes across the world.”

“This is a unique opportunity to have a global shop window. We encourage all of our show community to get involved this year,” Gray concluded.

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