Three youngsters were definitely ready for the off at the Great Yorkshire Showground with an early warm up for England’s premier agricultural event next month.

The three will all be competing in the Shetland Pony Grand National which takes place in the Main Ring at the Great Yorkshire Show.  Ten year old Evie Hole-Todd, her cousin, 11 year old Ruby Todd and Charlotte Tindale aged 11 and their Lilliputian mounts reveled in the opportunity to try out a fence in the famous arena which has hosted such famous names as showjumping royalty John and Michael Whitaker.  Dates for the show are Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July when around 135,000 visitors are expected through the gates.

The trio all train in Yorkshire and will be amongst youngsters from across the country hoping to qualify at Harrogate for a place in the final at Olympia, The London International Horse Show in December.

Bill Cowling, Show Director said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Shetland Pony Grand National and our Main Ring is a wonderful setting for it. The commitment and enthusiasm of the children on their feisty ponies has to be seen to be believed!”

Mrs Beryl Oakes will be the competition judge and Sebastian Garner and Vera Akehurst are the co-ordinators.

Elsewhere at the Great Yorkshire Show there are competitive classes with around 13,000 entries, more than 1,200 trade stands with everything from combine harvesters to designer clothing and plenty of hands on demonstrations of country skills.


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The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. This year sees the 157thshow.

Tickets are available either on line – go to  - or call 01423 541222.

Tickets bought in advance                           Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £23                                          Adult                £26

Concession:    £22                                          Concession:    £25                             

Children:          £10                                          Children:          £12

Family:            £56                                          Family:            £64

Parking is free and extensive. Please note that dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.


About Us

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 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. 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: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling