Love is in the air at the Great Yorkshire Show

Thousands of spectators cheered a heart-warming moment in the Main Ring of the Great Yorkshire Show when Ben Atkinson proposed to his girlfriend Georgie Jackson on Wednesday.
Ben Atkinson proposed to girlfriend Georgie JacksonBen Atkinson proposed to girlfriend Georgie Jackson
Ben Atkinson proposed to girlfriend Georgie Jackson

The young couple from near Goole in East Yorkshire, who are both stunt riders with star act Atkinson Action Horses, agreed to tie the knot in front of a delighted crowd.

The touching moment came on a day two of the Show which also saw a visit from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. George Eustice MP saw livestock competitors in action and met representatives from rural organisations.

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Welcomed by Show Director Charles Mills, he watched classes in the cattle and sheep rings, before visiting the NFU and the CLA stands.

The prestigious dairy cattle classes at the show culminated with the Blythewood Pairs in the Main Ring, with the title going to James Lawrie and Bill Lindsay, both from Scotland, with Ayrshire pair Helltower Modern Marcie and Harperfield Queen Elizabeth II.

James, who was at the Great Yorkshire for the first time, said: “It is a tremendous show, one of the best I’ve ever been an exhibitor at!”

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There was first-time triumph for showjumper Lisa Jones, from Doncaster, who took the honours in the International Stairway riding Diana P. Lisa, an amateur rider, beat some of best names in British showjumping to take the win.

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The Supreme Sheep title went to Michael Alford of Devon’s British Charollais shearling, Foxhill Vermin.

An award for outstanding contribution to the farming and rural community in Yorkshire was presented to former Show Director Bill Cowling. The lifetime achievement award was created jointly by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Royal Agriculture Benevolent Institution to acknowledge those who have given years of service to farming and rural life.

There were also awards for long service to people who have dedicated their working lives to farming in the region and to students from land-based colleges and universities across the region.

The show is continuing today (Thursday) with the popular Cock o’the North Show Jumping Competition, two showjumping classes and the Highlands, Dales, Fells, Heavy Horse Teams, and Scurry class 1 - small ponies equestrian classes.

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Atkinson Horses and Singing Soprano Lizzie Jones will be performing in the Main Ring, The Topspec White Rose Ring hosts equestrian classes and there will be daily classes in the Riding, Cattle, Sheep, Goat and Pig rings. The hound classes will be working terriers.

Live music on the President’s Lawn Bandstand will be by Sarah Brickell and Back Chat Brass.

Capacity has been limited to a maximum of 26,000 people a day to minimise any potential crowding and to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all times throughout the site.

This will mean that the show will welcome a total of 104,000 people in total over the already extended four days, instead of the usual 135,000 visitors over three days.

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Tickets for this year's event are in advance only and visitors are asked to print out e-tickets to help with social distancing at the gates. People will not be able to enter without a ticket – they will not be available on the Gates.