Borrowby Show a hit with animal lovers

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A SHOW with increasingly popular dog and gymkhana events has proved a success.

The 66th Borrowby Show and Gymkhana, which took place today (Wednesday, July 30) at Hillside Rural Activity Park, Knayton, remains a popular attraction for local families and riding enthusiasts alike.

The annual dog show branched out to include categories for serious and regular show competitors, as well as a fun show open to dogs of all varieties.

Chairman Sandy Kidson said the fun element to the dog classes was added by popular demand.

He said: “It’s great because it brings more people to the main ring, even if it’s just the families of people showing their pets.

“We have had a dog show for the last five years but it has increased in popularity year on year so we have made more of a feature of it.

“The show jumping and horse classes has been going non-stop which just shows how many riding enthusiasts we have coming here – but we would like to start to encourage more livestock classes to make it more of an agricultural show again.

“I think it has become smaller on the livestock side because there are fewer large farms in the area now.

“But in the sheep classes we have had competitors from as far as Derbyshire, Otley and Teesdale, and had some Great Yorkshire Show winners with us too.”

Fancy dress winners Thomas Parvin and Isla Barningham, both five, from South Otterington, said they had enjoyed the show, especially dressing up as hunt master and fox.

Robyn Watson, from Borrowby, was delighted her cocker spaniel Jarvis won the sporting dog class in the serious dog show.

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