An event giving a behind-scenes-look at life in the countryside is being held in Harrogate.
At the Great Yorkshire Show the 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment will go on parade.
The Great Yorkshire Show has been cancelled after just one day
Tickets for this year's Great Yorkshire Show go on sale today.
Last year the show, held annually in August, had to be cancelled after rain turned the car parks into quagmires.
Tickets for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show will go on sale on Friday, 1 March with organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society already planning to make the event as “weatherproof” as possible.
Some £500,000 has been set aside for measures aimed at ensuring that England’s premier agricultural show does not fall victim to bad weather.
Last year the show lost two days after unprecedented wet weather made much of the car parking un-useable.
Dates for this year are Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and the venue is the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.
Some of the UK's top show riders and horses are in Harrogate for classes which have been rescheduled following the cancellation of last month's Great Yorkshire Show. Some 680 entries have been received for the Horse of the Year qualifier classes at the Great Yorkshire Showground.
– Bill Cowling, Show Director
We have carried forward the initial entries plus we have attracted additional competitors so I am sure it will be a super day. We decided to go ahead as we felt it was important that riders were not disadvantaged in their ambitions to compete at Birmingham in October and this is a crucial stepping stone to that event. Our event will be free to the public so whilst it can never be the Great Yorkshire Show, hopefully there will be a good atmosphere around the rings."
Some of the UK’s top show riders and horses will be heading for Harrogate for classes which have been rescheduled following the cancellation of last month’s Great Yorkshire Show.
Some 680 entries have been received for the Horse of the Year ridden qualifier classes which will take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Tuesday 14 August.
– Bill Cowling, Show Director
We have carried forward the initial entries plus we have attracted additional competitors so I am sure it will be a super day. We decided to go ahead as we felt it was important that riders were not disadvantaged in their ambitions to compete at Birmingham in October and this is a crucial stepping stone to that event. Our event will be free to the public so whilst it can never be the Great Yorkshire Show, hopefully there will be a good atmosphere around the rings.”
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show will offer to reimburse the trade stand holders for the two days they lost as a result of the cancellation of last week’s agricultural showcase due to the unprecedented wet weather.
In a move which is expected to cost the Yorkshire Agricultural Society £700,000, the Society will write to the or so businesses offering the two thirds reimbursement which covers the cost of their stand.
Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive said: “Under our terms and conditions no refund is due, but we recognise that for many, the loss of two days’ business will have a severe impact at a time when trading is already challenging. Therefore, we have taken the decision today to offer this refund."
The cancellation is expected to cost the Society around £2m in ticket refunds, extensive remedial work to the car parks during the Show, cancelled attractions and displays, and reimbursement of trade stands.
Some of the equine classes which should have been held last week at the Great Yorkshire Show will now take place in August at the Great Yorkshire Showground.The organisers have announced that the ridden classes, which are Horse of the Year qualifiers, will run on Tuesday 14 August.
Equine classes on the final two days of the annual farming and countryside showcase had to be called off, following relentless wet weather which left the event’s car parks unusable.
– Bill Cowling, Show Director
It was devastating to have to cancel but it is important that these classes which are an important part of the qualifying calendar are held. It obviously won’t be the same as at the Great Yorkshire, but I’m sure it will be a very positive event which will be appreciated by the many competitors.”
Deadline for new entries is Friday 3 August otherwise all original entries will stand. The public will be able to attend free of charge. All horseboxes and wagons will be parked on hard standing. Further details will be announced in due course. Please see our website www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk.
After this year’s Great Yorkshire Show was cancelled due to the wet weather, one artist is to stage a mini “Great Yorkshire Show in a teacup” to give art lovers a chance to see the work he was supposed to exhibit at the show.
Harrogate sculptor Steve Blaylock, who was set to exhibit his work with the Yorkshire Artists Group, has set up the exhibition at his home in Killinghall.
It is open today from 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 10am-3.30pm at 72 Ripon Road, Killinghall, with parking at the Three Horse Shoes.
The decision to cancel the region's biggest agricultural show is likely to cost the local economy at least £3 million. Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show called off the three day event after the first day for safety reasons.
Car parks which were already saturated by heavy rain turned into quagmires, leaving many vehicles stranded. It is only ever been cancelled before because of foot and mouth disease, or war. Clare Montgomery reports.
The Great Yorkshire Show has been cancelled for the first time in its 154 year history - a victim of the recent bad weather. Thousands struggled to reach the showpiece event on the first day leading organisers to conclude it was too dangerous to continue. Duncan Wood reports