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Sunshine and Success for 2013 Great Yorkshire Show

Glorious sunshine brought the 155th Great Yorkshire Show to a close, with organisers announcing the third highest visitor number in the event’s history.

A total of 134,837 people came through the gates for England’s premier agricultural show. Top class animals, celebrity guests and wonderful summer weather helped make it one of the most memorable shows ever, said Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director.

Foxhillfarm Gracie

Supreme Beef Champion - Foxhillfarm Gracie

“Our visitor numbers are tremendous and we are extremely grateful to our members, visitors and exhibitors for their support in what has been a particularly difficult year. As a shop window for the industry, the Show will give a welcome boost to farming and the wider rural community, and that’s very much what the event is about. Looking forward, plans are already well underway for our autumn event, Countryside Live in October.”

The record for the highest visitor numbers was set in 2006 when 135,211 people came to the show, including HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The second highest figure was two years ago, at 135,086.

One of the highlights of the 2013 event was the gallop around the Main Ring by this year’s Grand National winner, Auroras Encore. Ridden by trainer Sue Smith, the crowds gave the world famous horse a rapturous reception and a standing ovation. Sue is the wife of Yorkshire Show jumping legend Harvey Smith. The couple were presented with a special championship rosette.

Main prize winners were:

Supreme Beef: Mr and Mrs M J Alford of Cullompton, Devon with a Limousin heifer, Foxhillfarm Gracie.

Blythewood Native Beef Pairs: Aberdeen Angus - Glympton Farms Ltd and HP Whittaker Farms and Co.

Blythewood Beef Continental Pairs: British Limousin – Mr & Mrs Alford and Millington Grange Estate

Blythewood Dairy Pairs: Riverdane Holsteins & J Heler Farms

Burke Dairy Trophy: Riverdane Holsteins & J Heler Farms

Supreme Dairy: Riverdane Holsteins with Lavenham Adeen

Supreme Sheep: A British Rouge ram owned by Percy Tait of Worcester

BPA Pig of the Year: A British Landrace boar, Finnington Hawk 2, owned by Stephen Richardson and Janice Wood of Sale, Cheshire

Supreme Cheese & Dairy Champion: Dairy Crest Davidstow Creamery, Cornwall

Great Yorkshire Show

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