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John Whitaker Cock o' the north

Father and son go head-to-head for the Cock o the north showjumping championship

Glorious sunshine and a thrilling climax to three days' show jumping brought the 153rd Great Yorkshire Show to a close

With the visitor numbers just a touch below the all time record of 135,111 with 135,086 people through the gates during the week.

Guests included HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, who delighted the crowds as they toured the showground, adding an extra hour to their visit as they chatted to visitors and exhibitors.

The Cock o' the North show jumping Championship had the crowd on the edges of their seats as John Whitaker and son Robert, went head to head in the jump off. In the end, it was John who took the honours, bringing spectators to their feet in spontaneous applause.

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Commenting on the three days, Bill Cowling, Show Director said: "We have had a tremendous Great Yorkshire Show - superb crowds, record entries across the competitive classes and lovely weather. Our aim is to provide a great day out and showcase the farming industry. I believe we have achieved that and re-enforcing our reputation as England's premier show"

Equestrian results

Show jumping: The Ripon Select Foods Cock o' the North: John Whitaker riding Peppermill

Cuddy Supreme Champion: Welsh Section B, Boreton White Prince owned by Ann and Len Bigley of Herts.

Top Spec Top o' the North Supreme Ridden Championship: Hallmark IX, a seven-year-old chestnut gelding owned by Miss Heather Boden and Mr T Clay of Astley, Lancs.


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