JUNIOR shearer Edward Davies of Llanwddyn has become the first winner of the Royal Welsh Louise Owen Memorial Scholarship.
Louise was an accomplished wool handler and travelled widely across the globe. In her memory, her family established the scholarship to provide a junior shearer with the opportunity to develop and advance their skills in sheep shearing. Of all the applicants, Edward was deemed to be the junior Welsh shearer showing greatest promise. The £1,000 scholarship will help fund a trip to New Zealand this autumn when he will be offered advanced training and will with a pre-arranged shearing contractor. He was presented with the certificate in the Merion Shearing Centre at the Royal Welsh Show. RWAS sheep shearing committee chairman Peter Guthrie said: “We are truly thankful to the generosity of Louise’s family and are delighted that such a promising young shearer will benefit from this incredible opportunity.” Further details about the scholarship and application forms can be obtained from: Tracy Powell, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY (email@example.com) The closing date for applications for next year’s scholarship is October 1 2015.