2013 Great Yorkshire Show - photo special

PUBLISHED: 00:10 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:31 17 March 2016

Champion Dorepoll Hereford, Einstein

Champion Dorepoll Hereford, Einstein


Visitors show their support for organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show after thousands head for the three-day event

It was a show to remember…this time for all the right reasons. Three days of good weather brought crowds in their thousands to the 155th Great Yorkshire Show, in Harrogate. Good weather plus top class animals, celebrity guests and a great variety of exhibitors ensured one of the most successful shows to date.

‘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,’ said show director Bill Cowling. ‘As a shop window for the industry, the show gives 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.’

A total of 134,837 people came through the gates this year. The record for the highest visitor numbers was set in 2006 when 135,211 people came to the show, including Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The second highest figure was two years ago, at 135,086.



Last year’s show was a washout when heavy rain forced organisers – the Yorkshire Agricultural Society - to cancel the three day event at the end of the first day at the cost of £2million. Since then £500,000 has been spent ‘weather proofing’ the showground introducing more parking, new temporary roads and increased drainage.



‘This is one of the most significant developments in our long history,’ said Nigel Pulling, the YAS’s chief executive. ‘Having to cancel the last two days of the 2012 show was heartbreaking. As a result an additional £500,000 has been spent on top our annual show budget of £3million to improve and increase the car parking available.’





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 and Mrs Alford, Devon and Millington Grange Estate

Blythewood Dairy Pairs: Riverdane Holsteins and J Heler Farms

Burke Dairy Trophy: Riverdane Holsteins and 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

Doncaster Cup for Best Flower Show Exhibit: The Delphinium Society

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



Ripon Select Foods Cock o’ the North Championship: John Whitaker, riding Maximillian

Cuddy Supreme in Hand Championship: Mr P Kay of Barnsley with Amiro Royale

Top Spec Supreme Ridden Championship: Party Time, owned by Mrs Jill Day of Tarporley, Cheshire, ridden by Robert Walker.



Cooking with Rosemary

There were few happier people at this year’s show than Michelle Husker, winner of the Yorkshire Life competition to cook with celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager at the Game Cookery Theatre run by award-winning Yorkshire chef Stephanie Moon.


Michelle, a social services administrator from Leeds, cheered on by the crowed and husband Gordon, put on her apron and did most of the cooking as Rosemary guided her through dishes including venison sushi.


‘Michelle was lovely, a wonderful sport,’ said Rosemary after the Thursday morning cookery session. ‘And she knew what she was doing. I never thought anyone would want to win a competition to cook with me, I wouldn’t have believed it.’


Most people would have been daunted cooking with the redoubtable Rosemary Shrager but Michelle proved to be expert at mixing and slicing and even reminded Chef to strain the spinach.


‘She was lovely,’ said Michelle. ‘I loved every minute of it and I leaned a lot. I would never think of using venison as sushi but it’s an ideal dish for family and friends. Working with Rosemary Shrager was an absolute delight.’



Biscuit launch

Earlier during the show Rosemary Shrager launched her own range of biscuits to raise money for the Veterans’ Artisan Bakery, a therapeutic training centre for at-risk veterans.


The bakery is based on the edge of Catterick Garrison, and is part of The Beacon run by Riverside ECHG, which helps ex-serviceman back into civilian life. Rosemary said: ‘We really want people to dunk and donate, I cannot think of a better way of raising money for charity than eating biscuits and drinking a good cup of tea.’


Ex-serviceman, Trevor Morris, now Riverside’s area manager added: ‘The bakery provides training to equip those suffering from post-traumatic stress or who are at risk of becoming homelessness, with new career skills and insight into running a business. Baking can be therapeutic and Rosemary has been incredibly supportive, we’re delighted by her support.’


Ten per cent of profits from the sale of Rosemary’s Oaty and Ginger biscuits will be donated to the charity. The biscuits are available at independent retailers as well as at Rosemary’s new cookery school in Tunbridge Wells.

Rosemary has been involved with Catterick scheme from the start after launching the bakery in February 2012 in partnership with specialist Harrogate-based fundraising and marketing consultancy, Cause UK.


Rosemary added: ‘I had an instinctive connection with Cause UK, Riverside and the bakery and its work and how baking can work on a therapeutic level. I have always supported charities that help address mental health issues and I whole-heartedly believe the work the bakery does with veterans who are damaged, physically, mentally or emotionally, can help transform vulnerable lives. I’m a great believer in offering fresh starts for people, I’ve been rock bottom myself and I know how baking has literally transformed my own life.’


Rosemary’s recipes have now been handed to the long-standing, family-run biscuit company, Farmhouse Biscuits in Lancashire for full batch production.



About the bakery

The Veterans’ Artisan Bakery was launched by its patron, Rosemary Shrager, in February last year, after a survey of veterans found a high proportion wanted to re-train in careers such as catering.


A kitchen has its own hierarchies and processes which can appeal to veterans still trying to find their feet. After leaving the regimented life of the armed forces, veterans sometimes struggle with the freedom of the outside world and working in the kitchen helps many to adapt.


The bakery is situated on the edge of Catterick Garrison within The Beacon, a purpose-built supported housing project for homeless veterans.

Veterans stay for up to 18 months and receive help finding a home, physical and psychological support, vocational assistance as well as help into further education.


Riverside ECHG, a housing association, is part of the national network of support for ex-servicemen and women provided around the country.

To learn more about the Veterans’ Artisan Bakery go to www.veteransbakery.com www.facebook.com/veteransBakery @veteransuk

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