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2017 Great Yorkshire Show - photo special

PUBLISHED: 00:00 01 September 2017

Shows can be exhausting for dairy goats

Shows can be exhausting for dairy goats

Andy Bulmer

Photographer Andy Bulmer catches some of the highlights of the 159th Great Yorkshire Show.

This year’s Great Yorkshire Show attracted a near record of 133,542 visitors over three days, say organisers. ‘Every year we think it can’t get any better, but every year it does,’ said show director Charles Mills. ‘New attractions and investment in the show site means it evolves every year. We will all be looking forward to next year’s event and we would like to congratulate all our winners and thank all our visitors for a wonderful show.’

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove MP toured the show as guest of tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire which launched a county-wide food guide. ‘I’ve been delighted by the delicious array of cheeses, cask ales and gins on show,’ said Mr Gove. Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said their job of promoting England’s largest county was made easier thanks to the breadth and quality of its food and drink. ‘From grass roots suppliers, to cutting edge artisan producers and Michelin-starred restaurants this guide has all you need to discover the authentic taste of Yorkshire,’ said Sir Gary.

Television stunt horses which featured in Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders made their debut at the Great Yorkshire Show, performing stunts and tricks in the Main Ring. A team of 18 horses from East Yorkshire-based Atkinson Action Horses were at the show along with horse master Mark Atkinson and son Benjamin. They were among the first users of the newly revamped collecting ring, which has seen the Yorkshire Agriculture Society invest £70,000 to improve conditions under the direction of Olympic show jumping legend Graham Fletcher. The two-month project brought the ring up to Olympic standard, featuring a state-of-the-art all-weather synthetic riding surface.

Meanwhile names from the world of sport and TV took their turn on the GYS catwalk including Yorkshire cricket legend Ryan Sidebottom and retired professional rugby player Keith Senior plus Yorkshire Vets Julian Norton and Peter Wright, BBC weather presenter Abbie Dewhurst and Look North presenter Amy Garcia. They were showing off the latest lines in the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Tweed range.

A special award was presented for the first time at the show in memory of Michael Spink, a dairy farmer from Scotton, near Knaresborough who was killed while working on a farm in New Zealand. The Michael Spink Memorial Perpetual Trophy was presented to the winner of the Ayrshire Heifer Champion, Richard Baynes of Hexham with his Ayrshire heifer, Marleycote Sea Lily. The trophy was presented on the Spink family’s behalf by Michael Warren, who has been Ayrshire steward at the show for 59 years.

This year, there were about 8,500 animals including cattle, sheep, pigs, pigeons and ponies, competing for show honours and the Charolais Cattle Society held its first Summer National Show at GYS with a record 72 
entries from as far afield as Cornwall to County Down as well as from Yorkshire and the north of England. ‘We are honoured that the Yorkshire Agriculture Society has 
provided us with the opportunity to bring our National Charolais Show to the Great Yorkshire, one of the most renowned events on the show calendar,’ said British Charolais Cattle Society chief executive, Peter Phythian. ‘The event has a great track record, it continues to retain farming at the heart of its activities and we are pleased to have a slice of the action.’

For full show results go to greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

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