More than 100,000 visitors at 2014 Great Yorkshire Show

Grand Cattle Parade.'Great Yorkshire Show.  Day 3.  10 July 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Grand Cattle Parade.'Great Yorkshire Show. Day 3. 10 July 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

More than 100,000 visitors attended this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, with figures reaching 130,949 at the Harrogate Showground.

Though this was a drop compared to last year’s 134,837, organisers are not concerned and are pleased with the three days of the show, now in its 156th year, which included two royal visitors in as many days.

The Countess of Wessex took in the Harrogate Showground on the opening day this year, and the Princess Royal attended the following day.

2014 was also the first year for the all female sheep shearing contest and the year’s show included a record number of competitive entries, at 12,843.

Honorary show director Bill Cowling, who was made Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire this year, said: “We have had an exceptional three days with super crowds, record entries, and of course, in what is a first for us, two royal visitors in as many days.

“Our gate figure is slightly down - less than three per cent - on last year’s which is a bit disappointing, but to have had two amazing event showcasing Yorkshire within one week is just wonderful.

“And of course we’re already looking ahead to our autumn show Countryside Live in October.”

And preparations are already taking place for the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show, which will run from Tuesday July 14 to Thursday July 16.

Some results from the 2014 show:

The Supreme Beef Championship went to an eight-year-old Limousin cow called Brockhurst Bolshoi from Doug Mash of Chesham.

The Supreme Dairy silveryware was awarded to a Holstein, Meiklefirth Plaid Lutske, owned by David Yates of Kircudbrightshire.

There were record entries in the sheep section, which saw a homebred Texel tup, Sportsmans Upper Class take the championship. The tup was shown by Mark Priestley, on behalf of Boden & Davies of Mellor Hall Farm, Stockport.

The BPA Pig of the Year was won by Steve Loveless of Bridport, Dorset with a Duroc pig, Portbury Turnatofe.

In the equine section, there was a Yorkshire win when Steve Pullan of Knaresborough took the prestigious Cuddy Supreme Championship with a 7 year old Cleveland Bay mare, Knaresborough Moon Dust.

And in the culmination of three days of superb show jumping, Robert Bevis of Wrexham won The Ripon Select Foods Cock o’the North trophy after a thrilling clear round on Pebbles 1V.

In the Garden Section, the NFU Mutual won the top award, the Doncaster Cup, with a display of fruit and vegetables and in the Great Yorkshire Cheese and Dairy Show, the honours were taken by Colton Bassett Dairy with a stilton.

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