Fifth Generation Of Pig Farmers Set to Compete At This Year’s Show

 In 2024, GYS Press Releases

The fifth generation of a York pig farming family will be among the competitors at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show which runs from Tuesday 9 July to Friday 12 July.

The Triffitt family and their descendants have been exhibiting pigs at the show for more than six decades and, as the family grows, its younger members keep on joining in with the fun and the range of breeds they bring along keeps expanding too.

Entries are set to close for the Pig Section on Tuesday June 4 and among these will be members of the Triffit family. This includes Trisha Horsley, who has been showing since a child, her daughter Charlotte Holding and 13 year-old grandson Alfie Holding, who is one of the fifth generation of pig enthusiasts, who also include Trisha’s other daughters Alyssia Horsley Georgina Watson, and Millie Kirby, son Matthew Horsley, and grandchildren Harry and Josh Kirby, Annie Horsley and Lois and Charlie Watson. Alfie will be showing his British Lops and Gloucestershire Old Spots this year.

Trisha said: “We all have a huge love for pigs and, as the family has grown, this has expanded to include different breeds, many of them rare breeds. Pigs are amazing animals and I would urge anyone who has never been up close to one to come and visit the pig rings at the Great Yorkshire Show – they will love it!”

The family have raised pigs at York, down the generations, with the earliest focus on the Middle White breed. First to exhibit at the show was Joseph Triffitt, then based at Fulford as a pork butcher, who was part of the event in the days when it moved around the region before the first show at the permanent showground in Harrogate in 1951.

His son, also Joseph Triffitt but known by his middle name of Ken, followed in his footsteps and continued the family tradition, both men becoming pig judges. The family moved to Acaster near York in 1947 and began rearing their own pigs.

As the family has continued to grow, younger generations have joined the fun and Alfie’s grandmother, Trisha, has been a stalwart of the pig section for many years, showing her own Middle Whites. Hampshires and Large Blacks. She is the British Pig Association (BPA) representative for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is a judge.

Alfie’s mum, Charlotte, shows Tamworths, Large Whites and Large Blacks, while one of his aunts, Alyssia, shows Berkshires and is an ambassador for the Junior Pig Club. His aunt Georgina, is a Pig Steward at the Show and aunt Millie helps show the pigs. All of the grandchildren compete in the Young Handler classes. Tricia and daughter Georgina Watson are both on the GYS Pig Committee.

The family will be hoping to repeat their successes at last year’s Show, which saw Alfie take second in the Junior Young Handler class, Charlotte and Alfie take first prize for a group of three Gloucestershire Old Spots and first for a pair of Large Blacks, while Trisha took top spot with her Middle White boar, Acaster Mischief and Reserve Champion Hampshire with her sow.

As well as improving breed standards through their showing endeavours, the family has retained the important link between livestock and meat production, with their own business, Acaster Meats.

The business not only uses their own rare breed pork for a range of sausages, but they also offer meats from grass-fed beef and lamb reared on the farm. Stock is slaughtered elsewhere but returned to the farm for butchery.

There can be little doubt that these established family traditions are very deep rooted. Alfie is already an active member of the BPA’s Junior Pig Club, taking a keen interest in its workshops and with helping visitors at events, including the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Springtime Live, to understand just want is so special about pigs.

Visitors will be able to see up to 14 different pig breeds on all four days of the Show.

Tickets for the 165th Show – from Tuesday 9 July to Friday 12 July – are on sale now and will be in advance only, as visitor numbers are capped at 35,000 a day.

Last year’s Show sold out a week before.

Tickets are: Adults £35, Children £13 and Families £86, please go online

The Horsley family back row Harry Kirby, Alyssa Horsley, Charlotte Holding, Camilla Kirby, Matthew Horsley. Front row Alfie Holding, Annie Kirby aged 3, Trisha Horsley.

Alfie Holding with a pig in 2019


  • 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.


Sara Lamper, Press officer
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