VIDEO: Countryside Live 2014

Countryside Live proved just why it grows from strength to strength every year as families enjoyed a celebration of cultivation on October 18 and 19.

In his programme notes, Honorary Show Director Bill Cowling described the show as ‘one of the leading events in the autumn calendar’ and it was clear to see why.

NADV. Tara Hayes, Orla Miller, Aidan Miller and Conor Miller try their hand at dry stone walling at Countryside Live. 101023GS2i.

NADV. Tara Hayes, Orla Miller, Aidan Miller and Conor Miller try their hand at dry stone walling at Countryside Live. 101023GS2i.

Organisers worked tirelessly to ensure there was something for everyone at this year’s show as animal classes took place alongside entertaining demonstrations and displays.

Exhibitors looked on nervously as a variety of sheep, cattle and horses went under the judges’ eyes while visitors tried to catch a glimpse of the prize-winning breeds.

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “We’re just trying to catch our breath now. Everyone I spoke to over the weekend was extremely positive about the event and telling me how much they enjoyed it.”

For families, variety was the word of the weekend at the rural extravaganza as children enjoyed a more hands-on approach to agriculture from the pony rides to Diggerland.

Moments of peace and quiet were few and far between as displays including the sheep and ferret racing and One Man and His Pig display kept families entertained all weekend.

However, the loudest noises of the weekend came from The Forge as the sounds of the World Horseshoe display echoed around the site.

This new addition proved as popular as the ‘Search for a Talented Showjumper’ competition and proved why this 12-year event sets the standard for countryside shows.