A former Grand National winner is set to judge a prestigious competition at this year's Royal Welsh Show.

The 2022 winner, Sam Waley-Cohen, will judge the Supreme Horse Championship at next week's Show (July 24-27).

Now in its 102nd year, the Royal Welsh Show attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the heart of Mid Wales to come together and celebrate the very best of Welsh and British agriculture. Equine competitions form a huge part of the event, with exhibitors traveling across the globe to compete in the Royal Welsh judging rings.

The Supreme Championship is gifted to the best horse exhibit at the Show - desired by many in the equine community.

Sam was the first amateur jockey to win the Grand National in 32 years. With only a 50-1 chance of winning, he beat the odds and won the race, announcing his retirement just a week prior to this race. Sam is no stranger to the Grand National course, having ridden 41 races on the course and winning seven. He was also placed second in the 2011 Grand National, and in the same year nominated for the Spears Young Entrepreneur award. 

NOBLE YEATS Ridden by Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (HIs last ever ride as a jockey) wins the RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3) at AINTREE 9/4/22
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Sam Waley-Cohen at Aintree last year (Grossick Racing Photography)

The Supreme Horse Championship is the pinnacle of Show Week at the Royal Welsh, where the Champions and Reserve Champions from In Hand, Ridden and Driven Classes go head-to-head in this final competition. Sam Waley-Cohen will decide the Champion of Champions at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

Sam said: “It is a great privilege to be a part of the Royal Welsh Show, especially to be judging such an important competition as the Supreme Horse Championship.

"I am excited to come along to the Show and to see so many amazing horses in the ring.”

For more information about the 2023 Royal Welsh Show visit its website.