A leading Welsh sheep shearer, Richard Jones of Corwen, has been awarded the popular Lister Shearing Personality of the Year award for 2014.
The award, given annually by the British Wool Marketing Board and sponsored by Lister Shearing Equipment Ltd, goes to the person who has promoted and encouraged others interested in shearing and who has gained the respect of the UK shearing industry. The winner is chosen by popular vote through the BWMB’s shearing publication ‘Newsclip’ which provides readers with nomination forms for the award.
Richard has represented Wales in the 2012 and 2014 World Shearing Championships and became the first Welshman to win an open show in New Zealand (Reefton Show in 2012 and 2013).
Richard has also made the open finals at The Southern Shears in Gore in 2014, the first person from northern hemisphere to make a big final in New Zealand, and is a past winner of the Royal Welsh Champion Shearer of Wales Competition in 2013.
David John, Technical Sales Manager from Lister presented Richard with his award at the 25th Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Llanelwedd in December 2014.