VIDEO - Nidderdale Show Part Two

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Young Helena Victoria Horn, granddaughter of show president John Fort, has taken a string of rosettes at the age of just three.

Helena, the youngest entrant in the show, took first prize in junior shepherdess, special competition for sheep, as well as young handler. Her big sister Poppy Leedham, 11, also took three rosettes including young handler and two junior competitions, working alongside Helena with their twin Suffolk-crossed Zwartbles, Sooty and Sweep.

Young handler Helena Horn, three, with big sister Poppy Leedham, 11, twin Suffolk-crossed Zwarbles, Sooty and Sweep and dad Graham Horn. (S)

Young handler Helena Horn, three, with big sister Poppy Leedham, 11, twin Suffolk-crossed Zwarbles, Sooty and Sweep and dad Graham Horn. (S)

“I like looking after sheep,” said Poppy. “There’s no need for people to be afraid of them. They wont hurt you.”

And when asked if she would be a farmer she grew up, young Helena said: “I like my horse Ginger better than sheep. It’s too cold when it snows, it’s freezing. I want to ride horses and be a vet.”

Helena’s dad, Graham Horn, said the girls, along with their sister Polly, 15, were well used to being around animals.

“I was brought up all my life with farming and sheep,” said the farmer who travelled from Wycoller near Colne for the day with wife Amanda-Jane.

“Helena’s got a little Shetland pony called Ginger and she’s been training him - after that a sheep is nothing. They are an inspiration.”

Guest of honour

Guest of honour at this year’s Nidderdale Show was centenarian Bert Verity.

The father of four, described as a showman, both of cattle and sheep, a farmer and a ‘man who had an eye for the ladies’, was born August 8, 1913.

Brought up on a tenant farm on Swinton Estate near Masham, he would go on to farm at Low Ellington before moving to Kirkby Overblow where he lived until last year.

“It’s a great privilege and honour to be invited to be guest of honour at Pateley Show,” he said.

“I’ve visited Pateley Show for many, many years and never did I realise I would achieve such an accolade.”

‘The best show in ages’

Mandy Fletcher, 58, from Bishop Auckland

“It’s the first time we’ve visited. We supply the marquees and, in our business, you get around a lot of shows. But there’s a wider variety here, it’s nicely spread out. We were very impressed. And they do an excellent cup of coffee.”

Husband James Fletcher, aged 60

“It’s a very good show. A lot of hard work has gone into it, and you can see that - it shows. There’s a good team behind the Pateley Show.”

Peter Silvester, 87, retired tea industry worker

“I’m enjoying the day. I’ve been a member for many years, I live in the Yorkshire Dales and I come every year. It’s a very good show. There’s a bit of everything, even a match of cricket if it’s not raining. It’s better and bigger than last year by all accounts, although that’s the only one I’ve missed in more than 25 years.”

Petronelle Fowler-Watts, MBE, 69, a community development manager

“I think it’s absolutely lovely. I love country shows, I love the atmosphere, I love to see all the local produce and the wonderful community spirit. I think it’s bigger this year, and of course the weather is a joy.”

Ray Carter, 65, owner of The Sportsman’s Arms, at Wath and the Drum and Monkey in Harrogate

“My wellies are upset, they were expecting a day out. This is our 34th year at the show. You meet a lot of people you don’t see from year to year.”

His wife Jane Carter, 64

“It’s a lot drier at least, we’re not ankle deep in water this year . But it’s compulsory to come, it’s a tradition.”

Richard Grange, Nidderdale Agricultural Society member and retired farmer from Norwood

“It’s a very good show. It’s a lit bit drier than last year.

“ I think a lot more people will come, it’s a nice day to get people out.”

Jacob Lakin, 22-year-old agricultural graduate from Harper Adams

“It’s a really good show, and ideal weather for it. Everybody is walking around with smiles. Last year the weather was atrocious. It’s nice to walk around just in boots.”

Farmer Chris Brown, MBE 67, from Baldersby

“It’s certainly drier. Last year was just a flood. This is just excellent, everybody is happy. After a tough winter, it’s been a good summer, and a good end of season show.

“You meet a lot of people at the Pateley Show, it’s the friendly show. And it’s good to see queues on the road coming in, after last year, it’s tremendous. The people and the location make it. That’s Pateley Show. It’s a proper show.”

Champion bull

A champion bull who has taken a string of trophies at the season’s country shows has done it again on home turf.

Prince, a 15-month-old homebred Limousin cross steer from JA Stoney and Son, has been named Champion Commercial Beef Animal at Monday’s Nidderdale Show.

He has also won the Local Beef Championship as well being named Reserve Interbreed Beef Champion.

This comes just weeks after standing first at the Great Yorkshire Show, the Otley Show, Gargrave Show, Malham and Kilnsey Show.

“It’s quite a feat,” said owner Heather Stoney, whose father, Trevor, is show director, and grandfather Joe, is a past director.

“To win this when you are up against some of the best cattle in the country with a homebred animal is an fantastic achievement that the whole family is proud of.”

Prince, reared on the family farm at Bewerley, comes from show stock. His mother, Cheeky Girl was reserve Yorkshire-bred Champion in her prime.

The family were pipped to Supreme Beef Title by Kate McNeil, of Stubbs Walden near Selby, who paraded five-year-old British Blonde, Ark Dora, with five-month-old calf Katem Ikon.

In total, some £23,000 was handed out in prize money.

IRG Collins & Partners, of Dewsbury, took the Supreme Dairy title with a five-year-old shorthorn which produces more than 50 litres a day.

Acaster Selby farmer Charlotte Holding’s large white sow was awarded best pig.