Record Figures Topple at the Great Yorkshire Show

No fewer than six of the competitive categories have individual record entry figures for this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.  In total 12,651 entries have been received for England’s premier agricultural event, which runs from Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July. The figure is just shy of last year’s all time high of 12,847.

Sheep numbers are particularly impressive with 2,328 coming before the judges, smashing last year’s best of 2,292. With around 30 breeds represented, the sheep section is a show within a show. There will also be a record number of pigs – 447 in total, with highlights including the BPA Pig of the Year Final and also the popular One Man and His Pig competition on the final day.

The popularity of the fleece section continues to grow, with a record entry figure of 252 and in sheep shearing, not only will the event host Icelandic shearers for the first time as well as New Zealand and Australian competitors, but the section boasts an all-time record entry figure of 110. And finally, the honey section has drawn a superb response with 586 entries, again another best.

The cattle classes are impressive with 1,211 entries with highlights including the Supreme Beef Championship judged on Tuesday, the first day of the show, followed by the Supreme Dairy on Wednesday, the Blythewood Beef Pairs, and Blythewood Dairy Pairs. The latter will be judged in the Main Ring on Wednesday during the Grand Parade of Cattle.

Bill Cowling, Show Director said: “The Great Yorkshire remains England’s flagship agricultural event in terms of the sheer quality of the competitive entries, as well as the large numbers. It bodes well for the farming industry that so many exhibitors are committed to excellence and to showing our visitors the best of the best, whether that is a champion bull, a champion rabbit or the fastest and most skillful show jumper. Excellence is what the Great Yorkshire Show is all about.”

Elsewhere around the show are demonstrations of country skills, a Food Hall displaying a vast array of mouthwatering food and drink, cutting edge couture in the fashion shows, culinary expertise in the Game Cookery Theatre and horticultural heaven in the Garden Show. In addition visitors can browse around 1,200 stand selling everything from state of the art machinery to designer clothing.

Summary of Entries

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000
Equine & Scurry 1793 1813 1714 2087 2,036 1,760 1,824 1918 2,020 1948 2,131 1,962 1,796 1,646 1,898
Show Jumping 252 260 195 209 203 196 192 198 209 251 233 207 187 204 253
Cattle 1211 1245 1066 1118 1,111 1,226 1,113 671 1,119 1005 1,057 1,029 655 556 859
Sheep 2328 2292 2045 2076 2,085 1,952 1,832 937 1,783 1561 1,655 1,581 1,441 936 1,468
Lamb Carcases 54 58 69 76 80 67 80 48 60 61 72 54 47 33 41
Pigs 447 372 408 419 395 406 348 332 357 324 300 277 131 125 237
Dairy Goats 189 199 160 149 157 131 131 162 176 228 220 267 210 323
Angora Goats & Mohair 38 37 37 42 26 36 32 20 26 18 13 31
Pigeons 789 762 697 766 703 680 608 614 643 525 468 563 576 654
Wool 252 231 239 222 240 204 210 178 179 144 162 139 124 126 173
Sheep Shearing 110 96 97 95 87 80 93 89 80 65 81 40 33 44 90
Honey 586 501 350 343 361 348 321 281 307 399 207 295 266 328 354
Garden Show 29 32 29 43 28 26 27 35 28 27 34 38 29 38 46
Foxhounds 634 572 631 625 722 546 673 599 736 596 740 560 666 204 154
Beagles 272 305 255 287 293 253 364 385 186 263 340 393 292 176 223
Harriers 122 169 192 147 134 144 161
Working Terriers 332 294 344 272 360 635 574 619 537 550 615 609 595 628
Woodcraft 247 264 245 334 280 250 243 245 213 264 149 189 322 401 429
Horse Shoeing 113 103 139 214 197 201 197 183 179 142 108 107 121 117 104
Wrought Ironwork 53 55 53 55 54 52 47 55 51 32 44 44 n/a 40 40
Four in Hand 9 9 10
Poultry 972 1150 1151 1174 1,203 1,188 996 828 871 718 676 726 709 844
Rabbits 1078 1236 1316 1096 1,132 1,316 1,224 1,408 1,202 1,091 1,136 1,128 1,330 1,066 1,192
Cheese 788 800 813 786 852 952 835 835 749 713 711 617 397 310
Total Entries 12651 12,847 12245 12630 12,713 12,020 12,189 10,413 11,789 9,631 11,201 10,674 10,020 8,463 10,041
Red figures denote provisional figures
Bold numbers denote record entries
Shaded boxes denote competition not held that year
2001 Show cancelled due to Foot and Mouth outbreaks
2005 Show Pigeon & Poultry classes cancelled
2008 Blue Tongue year

ENDS

29 June, 2015

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

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EDITORS NOTES

The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. This year sees the 157th show. It takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate when more than 130,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Tickets are available either on line – go to www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk  - 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

+ Until Weds 8 July

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

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