Show’s equine classes to go ahead

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Some of the Great Yorkshire Show’s most prestigious equine classes are to go ahead at a specially organised event later this summer.

The show’s organisers have announced the ridden classes which are also Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifiers will take place at the showground on Tuesday, August 14, with free entry for members of the public who want to watch judging.

This year’s equestrian classes were cancelled before the first day of the show was over. By 5pm on the Tuesday, organisers had announced that no equine classes would go ahead on the Wednesday and Thursday of the event after it became impossible to get horseboxes on and off the waterlogged site.

Honorary show director Bill Cowling said: “It was devastating to have to cancel but it is important that these classes which are an important part of the qualifying calendar are held. It obviously won’t be the same as at the Great Yorkshire, but I’m sure it will be a very positive event which will be appreciated by the many competitors.”

All entries to the GYS equestrian classes will stand for the rescheduled classes, and the deadline for new entries is Friday, August 3. The society has announced all horseboxes and wagons will be parked on hard standing. More details are available on the GYS website at