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Record crowds at Countryside Live
5:35pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
A RECORD-breaking attendance figure brought the 11th Countryside Live to a close with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society saying it was one of the best ever.
A total of 12,689 visitors came through the gates of the Great Yorkshire Show’s little sister event this weekend. The figure was more than five per cent up on last year’s record of 12,061.
Show Director Bill Cowling said: “This is an absolutely super figure.
“It underlines the value of the show to the farming and rural community, and people really enjoy it. There’s been a real buzz all weekend, and the weather’s been kind too.
“So now, we roll up our sleeves for next year’s Great Yorkshire Show.”
A combination of some of the finest British livestock, equestrian excellence, plus everything from ferret racing to dog agility displays helped ensure the event at the Great Yorkshire Showground was an outstanding success.
For the first time, the event had an international flavour with more than 100 farriers from America and across Europe competing for around £25,000 worth of prizes in the horse shoeing competitions.
Elsewhere chainsaw carving, mountain biking and birds of prey displays added to the weekend’s excitement.
The new carriage driving trials, which saw drivers manoeuvring their horses around obstacles against the clock, proved a thrilling spectacle with Stephanie Milner from York taking the championship, assisted by her father Jonny.
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