Organisers of the 2007 Great Yorkshire Show are delighted to
have staged another hugely successful event, in spite of the
wettest June making the efficient build up a major challenge.
Apart from a brief shower on the final day of the show, the
rain stayed away and visitors flocked in their tens of thousands
to the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate to enjoy the region's
largest annual farm and country event.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society announced today (Friday) an
attendance figure of 122,042 - 9.7% down on last year's record
breaking total of 135,111. More competitive entries than ever
before had already made it a record breaker.
Show Director Bill Cowling said:
"We have had another fantastic
Show and are delighted to have maintained the extremely high
standards for which we are renowned. This was in spite of facing
the most difficult weather in the show's history prior to the
event. The highest June rainfall on record presented us with
major challenges, particularly in preparing the car parks but
our contingency plans stood us in good stead and worked well.
In addition we were delighted that so many visitors took our
advice and used public transport. This is something we will certainly
be building on in future years." Early figures indicate
useage of the train and shuttle buses was up 40% on previous
Work has already begun on the Society's next event, Countryside
Live, which takes place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October,
and the 2008 Great Yorkshire Show, which will be the 150th, and
runs from Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 July.
Among the many attractions enjoyed by the crowds were The White
Helmets Motorcycle Display Team, hundreds of trade stands and
superb demonstrations of agricultural skills.
The Ripon Select Foods Cock O' The North Show Jumping Championship
was a hotly contested battle, with brothers John and Michael
Whittaker both making it through to the final jump-off. It was
Michael, however, on Quidam des Hayettes, who finally took the £7,000
In the cattle classes, this year's Supreme Beef Championship
was won by Sauvignon, a six-year-old French-bred Limousin bull
owned by Raymond and Stephen Crawford of Co. Fermanagh. The bull
was already a major prize winner having taken the Championship
at the Paris Show.
For the second successive year, the BPA Pig of the Year Award
was won by Steve Loveless of Bridport, Dorset, with a Large White
boar named Port Berdy Prince 1518. The Supreme Sheep champion
was shown by William Thompson of Hownam Grange, Kelso, on his
fourth visit to Harrogate. His North Country Cheviot ewe took
the honours from a record entry of more than 2,000 sheep representing
35 different breeds.
The Cuddy Supreme In Hand trophy - for the supreme light horse
or pony in-hand champion of the year - was taken by Messrs Charles
Upham and Stephen Davey of Devon with a brood mare, Euphoria,
a former Horse of the Year show winner.
The Flower Show saw a stunning array of displays, including a
fabulous exhibit by the Amateur Rose Breeders' Association, who
joined forces with the Yorkshire Rosarians. The Millennium Best
in Show Award went to the National Farmers' Union, for a stunning
horticultural exhibition featuring a superb array of vegetables
The prestigious Tye Trophy - organised for the first time by
the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and FWAG (the Farming and
Wildlife Group) - attracted entries from across the region and
the championship was taken by Mr John Carr-Ellison of Hedgley
Hall, Powburn, near Alnwick, Northumberland. He was presented
with his award by the Society's President, Mr Michael Abrahams.
Another major feature of the Show was the ever-popular Skipton
Building Society Fashion Pavilion, where four fashion shows each
day saw innovative and stunning designs paraded on the catwalk.
Also featured were the designs by the six short-listed finalists
in Yorkshire Fashion Idol 2007, with the winner, Phoebe Woods-Johnston
of York, awarded her prize by the Society's Chief Executive,
Nigel Pulling. On Tuesday, the Designer of the Day Award went
to Della Skinner of Halifax and, and on Wednesday, to Bradford's
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