Great Yorkshire Showground overhaul’s approval by Olympian

Graham Fletcher watches as his son Oliver, riding Dahar, clears a jump.
Graham Fletcher watches as his son Oliver, riding Dahar, clears a jump.
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A MAJOR revamp for horseriding at the Great Yorkshire Showground has been given an Olympic seal of approval as the countdown continues to next month’s showcase of farming and rural life.

Former Olympic show jumper Graham Fletcher and his 14-year-old son, Oliver, were in Harrogate yesterday testing the new facilities ahead of the 159th Great Yorkshire which runs from July 11-13.

A near record total of 135,026 visitors attended the country’s premier agricultural event in 2016, but that has not stopped organisers continuing to seek improvements.

Events at the Great Yorkshire Showground already contribute £47m a year to the local economy. The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, has overseen the £70,000 revamp to the collecting ring, bringing it up to international standard and transforming half the ring into an Olympic standard all-weather synthetic surface.

The society’s chief executive, Nigel Pulling, said: “This investment marks the Society’s work to keep the facilities at the showground of a world class standard. We want to attract the best riders and the best horses to ensure the Great Yorkshire Show is at the top of its game and continues to host national and international competitions.”

Meanwhile, there’s still time to enter the YEP’s competition to win tickets to this year’s show. To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question: How many days does the Great Yorkshire Show run for?

Email your answer, along with your name, full address and daytime contact number to Closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday, July 2.

Winners will be notified by phone before tickets are then posted out.