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Richard Trinder
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7:26 AM 9th July 2024
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Great Yorkshire Weather Greets Great Yorkshire Show - Day 1

 
Today's downpour is unlikely to dampen the spirits of 140,000 visitors to this year's Great Yorkshire Show.

The 165th Great Yorkshire Show begins today with four days of agricultural excellence, entertainment and the chance to see thousands of the best animals in the UK take to the competition rings.

Tickets for the Show sold out across all four days last week, with visitors set to enjoy the very best of farming, food and countryside. From world class showjumping to the finest cattle, goats, pigs and sheep as well as cheese and dairy competitions, there are over 12,000 entries across 21 sections.

Ayrshire Cattle exhibitors James and Anna Waterhouse with models Amanda Marsden and Keith French in YAS Tweed
Ayrshire Cattle exhibitors James and Anna Waterhouse with models Amanda Marsden and Keith French in YAS Tweed
Models from the Farm to Fashion Show in Sheep Shearing took time out of catwalk rehearsals to meet exhibitors James and daughter Anna Waterhouse who will be competing with Ayrshire cows. The Show looks forward to hosting over 100 farmers from all over the world for the World Ayrshire Federation Annual Conference 2024 as part of a UK Tour. The Great Yorkshire Show will be the only agricultural show they will attend as part of an 18-day tour to see how UK farmers breed Ayrshire cattle and to share best practice.

This is where the best of farming food and countryside comes together for farmers and the public. Where else can you find the finest cattle alongside the best showjumpers in the country? The competition is fierce throughout the week and the accolade of winning at the Great Yorkshire remains huge. We are very proud of the show and all who come together to help deliver it. We are sure visitors will have a fantastic time.
Charles Mills, Show Director


President Martin Cockerill with Show Director Charles Mills
President Martin Cockerill with Show Director Charles Mills
With more than 2,000 horses, ponies and donkeys competing, equine classes are an integral part of the Show, and this year is no different, with two new classes introduced. It will be the first time the prestigious Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifier, for the British Ridden Heavy Horses, will take place in the ring here at the Show, where you can see beautiful giants such as Shires, Clydesdales, Suffolk Punches and Percherons


Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7 million to the economy.