Record Sheep Numbers And A Brush With Art For Overall Champion

 In 2023, GYS Press Releases


A Yorkshire artist will be working on a portrait with a difference following this year’s Great Yorkshire Show from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th July.

Janette Hill, who lives near York, will be painting a portrait of this year’s Supreme Sheep Champion, which will be announced on Thursday 13th July.

There’s been a record number of sheep entries this year, with a waiting list since April and additional pens drafted in to accommodate numbers which have reached 3,525. Last year had beaten previous records with 3,045.

Charles Mills, Show Director, said: “This has been a big year for the sheep section and we are grateful to Janette for her wonderful gesture for the winner of the prestigious Supreme Champion title.”

Janette has a long association with the Show as her parents, Rob and Beryl Andrews, were stewards in the Hives and Honey section for nearly 30 years and still visit whenever they can.

She said: “To be involved in some way means a lot to me and my parents and, as I am not a beekeeper, this is my way of contributing.”

Janette only began planning to paint full time in 2020 after teaching at primary school for many years. She trained at art college and gained a degree in art and primary education and when she finally decided to leave teaching, she found herself in the first Covid lockdown.

Undeterred, she taught painting and drawing classes online to adults during the pandemic and after winning the 2022 North York Moors Art Supporters’ Choice Award is now painting full time.

She takes her inspiration from the Yorkshire landscape and environment and is looking forward to getting to know the Supreme Sheep and its owners in the course of painting its portrait. She said: “I chose to paint the sheep because sheep are very much part of the landscape I am used to working in. It will be great to work with the owners who will be very proud of their animal and I hope to produce something really special for them.”

Janette will travel to the owner’s farm, wherever that turns out to be, and work with them to discuss what type of painting they would like. She has a stand at the Show for the first time and visitors can see a selection of her original oil paintings and limited edition prints on Avenue Q.

The Show will feature several thousand sheep, all vying for the top title, with two more breeds, the Badger Face Texel and Castlemilk Moorit, making their stand-alone breed debuts this year.

Tickets for the Show are on sale now and will be in advance only, as visitor numbers are capped at 35,000 a day.

The 2022 Great Yorkshire Show sold out a week before the event in July.

Visitors can expect the best animals in the country competing including national breed shows as well as machinery, food and first-class entertainment to celebrate the very best of farming, food and the countryside.

The event will continue to be run over four days thanks to positive feedback from our visitors and exhibitors. Farmer tickets are available for the 2023 show and available from farming outlets.

Tickets are: Adults £32, Children £13 and Families £80

To book tickets, please go online



• 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 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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