THOUSANDS of visitors to this year's Great Yorkshire Show will get the chance to see the rare Cleveland Bay horse in action, thanks to a change in the timing of their class.

The decision by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to return the Cleveland Bay classes to a late morning slot at the show has been met with delight by the Cleveland Bay Horse Society.

The breed classes have been allocated this prime time slot in previous years, but last year they were re-scheduled to an early start time before many spectators were even on the showground.

The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the country's most prestigious agricultural shows and takes place from July 12 to 14 at Harrogate, with the Cleveland Bay section from 11.30 on the Tuesday in the White Rose ring.

Nigel Cowgill of the CBHS said: "We are extremely pleased to have our usual slot back as the Great Yorkshire Show gives the Cleveland Bay a tremendous opportunity to present itself to a wider audience.

"We hope that there are lots of spectators present to see this wonderful rare breed, which is part of Yorkshire's dying heritage."

Jenny Andrews of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said: "We try our best to rotate the time slots each year for the various sections, in order to be as fair as possible to everyone."