Terrific Finale To Great Yorkshire Show

 In 2023, GYS Press Releases

The climax of the keenly competitive beef cattle pairs, sheepdog trials and the announcement of the Great Yorkshire pole climbing champion were on the agenda for the final day of the Great Yorkshire Show today.

Yorkshire vet Peter Wright was on the GYS Stage to share anecdotes with host Christine Talbot and a packed audience.

The Blythwood Beef Pairs were decided in the Main Ring, with the Native title going to Keadview Livestock’s Hereford bull and Mr SC and GL Hartwright’s heifer, Spartan 1 Oysters Gem, with Reserve going to Miss CK Orr’s Aberdeen Angus bull Kilmallie Juggernaught Eric and Mr and Mrs M Alford’s heifer, Foxhill Princess Caroline.

The winning Continental pair were Jenkinsons Farms’ British Limousin bull Pabo Procters and Mr R and J Graham’s cow Grahams Ruth. Reserve went to Ross Pattinson’s British Blue bull, Topside Prince Philip and his heifer, Topside Realun.

Sheepdog trials also culminated in a winner with Kevin Evans with Preseli Ci taking the title. Second was Ricky Hutchinson with Jonah, third was Kevin Evans with Kemi Jack, fourth was Nigel Watkins with Jazz. A dozen finalists took to the newly created Sheepdog Section next to Gold Gate where competitive displays have been taking place every day of the Show.

Matt Watson who organised the section along with the International Sheep Dog Society said: “We have got national and international handlers here and it’s been busy with crowds every day!”
The day also saw the return of showjumping in the Top Spec White Rose ring, after a successful launch last year, and there was also a return for last year’s new beef and sheep pairs and group championships.

There was also a sweet end to the Show with the Hives and Honey prizes awards. The winner of the Best Exhibit in Show was Mrs Sue Carter who took the title for her dipped candles. Mrs Josephine Anderson of Hebden Bridge was named Supreme Bee Keeper for her achievements at the Show and at events during the year.

The Great Yorkshire pole climbing championship was won by Ched Adamski, with a time on Friday of 10.70 seconds, while the Novice section honours went Shawn Spozia on 16.45 seconds.
And the ceremonial President’s Handover took place in the Main Ring, with Simon Theakston officially handing over to Martin Cockerill for 2024

Charles Mills, Show Director, said: “This has been a fantastic four days. We have had some terrific competition in the judging rings with some of the finest animals in the UK. We have had a Royal visit and the Secretary of State for DEFRA as well as top level industry experts which shows how the Show can provide platform for the rural sector. And as we finish the 164th Great Yorkshire Show, we now look forward to planning the next.”

The dates for next year’s show are Tuesday July 9 to Friday July 12, 2024 and tickets will go on sale soon.

• 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.


Jo Francisco
PR Manager
Direct Line: 01423 546215 | Mobile: 07954 007414
Email: jof@yas.co.uk

Sara Lamper
Press officer
Mobile: 07759 795990
Email: sara@saralamper.co.uk


GYS23_The President Simon Theakston left, hands the ‘Crook of Office’ over to his successor Martin Cockerill

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