Fantastic Finale for 2021’s Great Yorkshire Show
Stunning sunshine and the crowning of supreme champions brought the Great Yorkshire Show 2021 to a close when it entered a fourth day for the first time in history.
There was fierce competition in the judging rings with winners crowned for Best Pig in Show, Supreme Beef, Supreme In-Hand equine, Supreme Sheep and Blythewood Beef Pairs.
And the ceremonial President’s Handover took place in the Main Ring with Sir William Worsley officially handing over to Margaret Chapman for 2022.
Margaret has been Chief Cattle Steward at the Great Yorkshire Show since 2008, having become the first female Cattle Steward at the show in 1973. The Chapman family has been part of the show for over 100 years, and Margaret introduced the Blythewood Pairs Competition in the Cattle Section to find the best matching pair of animals from each breed. It’s now one of the most prestigious competitions in the Show.
Highlights from this week’s Show will be featured in a 90-minute programme tomorrow at 5.05pm on Channel 5, called This Week at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Two-part series Today at the Great Yorkshire Show was beamed into the homes of 2.7 million viewers across both Wednesday and Thursday night and tomorrow will see the best of the action across the four days.
Show Director Charles Mills said: “This has been such a heart-warming show. It’s been an important step back to normality for everyone and I think we appreciated it all the more after the most difficult 18 months. To welcome our Patron, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall was a day I shall never forget and was just the tonic we all needed, adding that extra sparkle to the show which we all wanted so much.”
Chief Executive Nigel Pulling, of Yorkshire Agricultural Society which organises the show, said; “It’s always a huge amount of work to stage this event and this year, because of the pandemic, it’s been all the more challenging. For the first time we understandably had to cap numbers so we are sorry to those who couldn’t get a ticket and we hope you will be back next year. We’ve worked closely with North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and Harrogate Borough Council to meet strict criteria to make the event Covid safe and it was terrific to see so many people having such a great day out.”
Day four of the Show saw a host of champions take the accolade in their sections.
The Price Family Supreme In Hand Championship was won by Vicky Smith of Cheshire’s Coloured Non-Native three-year-old piebald filly, Ashleas Perfect Secret, qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show. Reserve went to Martyn Cole’s Welsh Section D mare, Durkar Solitaire. Judge Sarah York said both Champion and Reserve moved exceptionally well and she had had a very difficult decision. The winner was shown for Vicky Smith by Steven Lemon who had to head straight back to work as a housing manager after the class.
In the pig rings, the Supreme Modern Champion and the Supreme Traditional Champion went head to head for the Best Pig in Show title. The title went to Chris Hudson of Newark’s Landrace boar, Maerose Dromus, with Bryan Card of Marlborough’s Large Black sow, Westerly Nocturne 18 in Reserve.
A British Charolais bull, Maerdy Morwr, owned David Stubbs of Aberdeenshire, took the Supreme Beef title, with Tom and Di Harrison’s Hereford bull Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks in Reserve.
There was a Yorkshire win for Supreme Sheep – Non Accredited, with the prize going to Hannah Stenton from Thornton Le Dale for her Bluefaced Leicester ewe.
In the Blythewood Native Beef Pairs, Tom and Di Harrison repeated their earlier success with Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks, accompanied by Coley 1 Nova, shown by Andrew Dews. The Continental Pairs win went to David Stubbs with his Supreme winner Maerdy Morwr, accompanied by R and N Barclays’ Harestone Mamma Mia and calf Harestone Royal Highness.
The YAS best agricultural trade stand award was won by Eric Townend from Huddersfield and the runner up was Russells.
The Show was this year adapted to be covid safe with capacity reduced to meet strict Government guidelines. It was sold out before it started, with a 26,000 capacity per day.
The dates for the 163rd Great Yorkshire Show will be Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th July, 2022.
- The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), a registered charity supporting rural Yorkshire.
- YAS supports and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and scientific research.
- The Society is supported by its family of businesses including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show, Countryside Live and Springtime Live.
- Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7 million to the economy.
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