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.
12 March 2012
Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – or 01423 546215
or Sally Wall, Marketing Co-ordinator 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.