ALL SET FOR THE 2012 GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW


Schedules for the equine classes of the 2012 Great Yorkshire Show are now available, the organizers have announced. England’s premier agricultural event runs from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July when more than 130,000 people are expected to come through the gates.

The equine section is one of the most prestigious of the event, with hundreds of classes across a wide range of breeds, from in-hand ponies to the Coloureds and with everything from the Heavy Horse Turnouts to the Retrained Racehorses. Last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 equine entries (2,031) from across the UK, with a further 200 entering the show jumping section culminating as ever in the exciting Cock o’ the North finale on Thursday afternoon. The Great Yorkshire is widely recognized as having the best equine section of any agricultural event and with the finest Main Ring in the country -  the setting for the show jumping and many of the equine classes.

Horse of the Year Show qualifying classes are again an important feature with 37 in total. Highlights include the prestigious TopSpec Supreme Ridden Championship which takes place on Wednesday afternoon. There is a change of format this year with three rather than two judges, and for the first time spectators will be able to get more involved as the judges will display their marks.  The judges are Mrs Angela Tucker and Mr Sandy Anderson,  with a third to be confirmed in due course. The following afternoon, the culmination of the in hand classes takes place with the Cuddy Supreme being judged by Mrs Sue Hide. There are some changes to the timings - the Retrained Racehorse class is now scheduled for the Tuesday; Riding Horses and the Private Driving take place on the Wednesday.

For the first time exhibitors can choose to enter either on line or via the usual paper entry form. To enter on line, go to the Show’s homepage –  www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk and follow the link to the Livestock & Entries page. The deadline for equine entries is Tuesday 1 May and for show jumping, it is Friday 1 June.

Elsewhere around the showground the Ukrainian Cossacks will be delighting the grandstand crowds with their daredevil equestrian displays, the Red Devils will be dropping in each day of the event, and there is everything from fashion shows, fabulous food and miles of shopping to entertain the visitors.

ENDS

12 March 2012

Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – judyt@yas.co.uk or 01423 546215

or Sally Wall, Marketing Co-ordinator sallyw@yas.co.uk or 01423 546218.


See also:  www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/html/media-centre

Tickets bought in advance                           Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £20                                              Adult                £23

Concession:    £19                                             Concession:    £22                             

Children:          £9                                                Children:          £11

Family:             £52                                              Family:             £60

Parking is free and extensive; please note dogs, other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.

YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: 

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to almost £1m. It is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s award winning regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009.

The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. 


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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2015 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: The Right Honorable The Lord CrathornePresident Elect: Sarah YorkChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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