Successful First Day of The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live
The first day of The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live got underway today with thousands of visitors flocking to the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.
Advance ticket sales for the weekend event were already at a record breaking high, with more than double the amount sold compared to last year.
Visitors from across the UK were heading to the showground, with people heading from as far afield as London, Brighton, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The new look event has retained the competitive classes and features of Countryside Live, which has been running at the Great Yorkshire Showground for 14 years, while being bigger and better than ever thanks to an exciting new partnership with The Yorkshire Vet and Channel 5.
Youngsters packed the Create & Explore area with hands-on workshops as well as the new Milkshake! Live show.
Crowds filled the Yorkshire Vet Shop to meet Julian and Peter book and calendar signing and there was also a fabulous display from the Thirsk Yarn Bombers.
Julian and Peter also launched the Pub Quiz in pop up pub the Drovers Arms where there’s live music three times a day.
It was also a day of competitions. The Ridden Coloured Championship went to Charlotte Merrigan Martin of Barnard Castle with Solaris Dwenqua, an eight-year-old skewbald mare by Quarterback. Reserve was Lucie Gordon-Burgess on Mrs JE Turnbull’s Burghwallis Razamatazz.
The Supreme Pigeon Championship went to a Thuringian Spot shown by Richard Henderson of Malton. It was a first win at the Showground for Richard who has been showing at the Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live for 35 years and a first win for the pigeon at its very first show. The Juvenile Championship was won by 11-year-old Grace Wilson of Ulceby with an Old Dutch Owl.
The Best in Show victory in the rabbit classes went to Paul and Jeanette Morris of the Quad Stud in Stockport with a Satin. It was a first Best in Show at Countryside Live for the couple who have been showing Satins for 45 years.
The Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Championship was taken by Annelise Stonehouse of Middlesbrough riding her own Sal’s Girl, with Nikkita Guy riding Miss EJ Butterworth’s Appleby-based Western Harry.
The Northern Show Cross Junior Team title went to the Kildale Wonder Women, with the team made up of Rachel and Sarah Proudly and Lilly Aspell, from Richmond, who’s a star in her own right after playing the young Wonder Woman in the new DC Comics/Warner Bros feature film released in the summer, after which the team was named.
In the Honey classes, the prize for the Best Exhibit in All Classes went to Kath Brown of Carlton near Pontefract for her decorative beeswax flowers, while the Yorkshire Herald Cup for the most points in the show went to Graham Browster of Yorkshire Beekeepers. There was also triumph in the shape of no less than four trophies for Chris Smailes of Fadmoor in the North Yorks Moors, a member of Whitby Beekeepers, for his heather honey.
Competitions continue tomorrow as well as more chances to meet Julian and Peter who will take part in three live Yorkshire Vet shows hosted by BBC Radio personality Georgey Spanswick in the Main Ring at 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm.
They will once again launch the pub quiz at the Drovers Arms at 12noon as well as meeting fans at a meet and greet session at 11.15am and 13:45 as well as book and calendar signings at 15:45 – 17:00.