Families flock to celebrate the ninth anniversary of Countryside Live

PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:20 20 February 2013

Families flock to celebrate the ninth anniversary of Countryside Live

Families flock to celebrate the ninth anniversary of Countryside Live

Families flock to one of the leading winter countryside events in the county

The first of the winter livestock shows, Countryside Live, celebrated its ninth anniversary with the best attendance yet attracting more than 10,500 visitors to the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Some of the finest British livestock is showcased at the two-day event in October which is seen as the little sister of the Great Yorkshire Show, the countrys biggest agricultural event held in the summer.

Show director Bill Cowling said it was clear that Countryside Live appealed not just to the farming community but also the general public. The many, many families who have been here over the weekend, have had a great time learning about rural life, enjoying locally produced food and having fun. Were the first of the winter livestock shows, and Im sure our champions, particularly the Supreme Beef Champion will go on to win further top prizes.

Its an event which also allows many younger people to demonstrate their farming knowledge and livestock showing skills as well as their horse riding ability.

Polly Douglas,15, of Marwood, Barnard Castle rode off with a smile on her face after winning the X Factor-style showjumping competition, riding Treasas Girl, a seven-year-old Connemara cross. Judged by Yorkshire equestrian experts Graham and Tina Fletcher over the weekend, Polly won a day at the Fletchers yard and 250 in prize money, beating 50 other competitors to do so. Runner up was Olivia Robinson of Harrogate.

It was a very difficult decision, said Graham Fletcher. Any of the top six horses could have taken top place, it was so close. The standard this year has been extremely high, he added.

In the cattle section, it was the Welsh who headed home with the silverware taking both the Supreme and Reserve championships. Tecwyn Joness Limousin X bullock, Jager Bomb, collected the Supreme award which he will take back to his home in Conwy. Whilst Glyn Howatsons homebred heifer, Minni M had to be content with Reserve. She had earlier won Champion Limousin Heifer. Mr Howatson is from Denbigh.

In the sheep section, it was Beltex X which took top honours. Messrs R Hall & Son of Dalston, Carlisle, won the Supreme Champion Pair of Butchers Lambs for the second year running, and also the Champion Single Butchers Lamb title.

The Reserve Supreme Champion was shown by George Cropper, also with Beltex X, owned by the CW Showteam, from Preston. The Reserve Champion Single Lamb went to Martin Brown of Newton le Willows, Bedale.

Competing at Countryside Live for the first time, Michaela Wood of Birstwith, Harrogate, was the Supreme Champion in the Ridden Coloured Horse or Pony Championship, riding The Pied Piper, an eight-year-old piebald gelding owned by her father Martin.

For the first time the Ridden Mountain and Moorland Section at Countryside Live was a qualifier for the Olympia Horse Show in December. Double celebrations were in order for Victoria Edwards-Sonnex, 22, of Belper, Derbyshire, who took both the Reserve and Championship title.

In the pigeon show, Supreme Champion honours in the Fancy Pigeon section went to Keith and Gillian Robson, of Hurworth, Darlington, with a three-year-old Chinese Owl. The pair also took the Best Fancy Flyer title with a Light Print Exhibition Tippler. Tom Braithwaite, 14, of Blackpool, took the Supreme Champion title in the Show Racer Class.

Best young bird was a white Jacobin belonging to Richard Rennison, of Northallerton, with seven-year-old Kian Mallinson, of Bradford, taking the Best Juvenile class with a Modena.

The Supreme Show Champion in the poultry section was awarded to Angela Dupont of Loughborough, Leicestershire, with a Mottled Pekin hen while David Wilkinson of Clitheroe, Lancashire, took the Reserve title with a white Leghorn cockerel.

The print version of this article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life

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