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Countryside Live thrilled at success
A RECORD crowd attended last month’s Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate.
The 12,689 visitors were five per cent up on last year’s record of 12,061 and thrilled show director Bill Cowling who described it as “an absolutely super figure”.
He said: “It underlines the value of Countryside Live to the farming and rural community, and people really enjoy it. There was a real buzz all weekend and the weather was kind too – now we all roll our sleeves up and look forward to next year’s Great Yorkshire Show.”
The two-day event again attracted some of the finest British livestock, excellent equestrian competitions and everything from ferret racing and dog agility to birds of prey displays, chainsaw carving and a host of children’s activities.
For the first time, more than 100 farriers from America and across Europe competed for £25,000-worth of prizes in horse-shoeing competitions.
The new carriage-driving trials proved a big draw, with Stephanie Milner, from York, taking the championship.
From the 18 entries in the young sheep handlers competition eight-year-old April Skelton, from Penrith, was crowned champion with 14- year-old Sam Jacklin Leng, of Pickering, runner-up.
Competitors in the cattle and sheep travelled from as far as Milton Keynes, Gloucester and Wales but many local breeders did well.
Elsewhere, Keith and Gill Robson, of Hurworth, won the best fancy pigeon as well as champion fancy flier and reserve.
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