Halifax's Lizzie Jones to perform at this year's Great Yorkshire Show

Plans are underway for the Great Yorkshire Show 2022 with some brand-new shows and classes as well as some old favourites.

By Abigail Kellett
Monday, 9th May 2022, 11:16 am

Sporting Soprano Lizzie Jones, from Halifax, will take to the Main Ring to sing every day, culminating in the National Anthem at the end of the show on Friday as a nod to the Queen’s Jubilee. This will be accompanied by a wonderful montage of the Queen’s visits to the Showground over the years thanks to the Yorkshire Film Archive.

For the first time ever, there will be Sheep Dog Trials taking place twice a day in the Main Ring with competitors from UK’s four home nations taking part – England, Scotland Wales & Ireland. There will be Junior and Senior Semi Finals taking place from Tuesday to Thursday, culminating in a Championship on the Friday.

The trials are being organised by the International Sheep Dog Society which holds national and international trials every year and a World Trial every three years. Chairman Ian Fleming said: “Showcasing the characteristics of a good working dog is always a delight for the handler, and a pleasure to watch.

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Lizzie Jones. Picture: RICHARD WALKER.

“The ISDS is delighted to join the Great Yorkshire Show with our National Champions from 2021 and some of our young handler talent for this premier event. The competing individuals and their dogs are some of the most talented partnerships going and I am certain that everyone will be amazed to see the quality of shepherding possible when handler and dog are working in complete harmony.”

The cattle rings will see two significant breed society anniversaries, with the Shorthorn Society reaching 200 years and the Charolais Society marking its 60th anniversary. Expect further announcements about these incredible milestones, nearer the time.

The Great Yorkshire Show will also host national breed shows this year with the Dorset Horn & Poll Dorset Sheep National Show and Valais Blacknose Sheep Society breed shows being held at the Great Yorkshire for the first time.

The equine section sees new show jumping classes with Senior Newcomer, Senior Foxhunter and the White Rose Open, all of which take place in the TopSpec White Rose ring.

Livestock and Entries Co-Ordinator Amanda Stoddart-West said: “These are proving really popular with competitors whose horses are not at the level for the Main Ring showjumping because it gives them the opportunity to ride at the Great Yorkshire Show.”

Also new for 2022 are a Sport Horse Breeding in-hand class and Veteran horse and pony classes which are split into three age categories and affiliated to the Veteran Horse Society.

A new GYS Stage will feature big-name farming stars each day of the Great Yorkshire Show, in the former fashion show building. Television presenter Christine Talbot will be hosting a chat show on the new GYS Stage, being sponsored by Daniel Thwaites. Celebrities will meet fans afterwards in a meet & greet zone.

This will include: Countryfile presenter Adam Henson will appear on Tuesday July 12; Popstar turned farmer JB Gill on Wednesday July 13; TV host Matt Baker MBE on Thursday July 14; Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen on Friday July 15 and Peter Wright of The Yorkshire Vet who will take to the stage each day of the Show.

Charles Mills, Show Director, said: “We are counting down to a truly exciting four-day show which will have terrific competition with some of the best animals in the UK as well as plenty of entertainment for families. Every year we try to make sure the show continues to grow and attract visitors and stay relevant and we think this will be the biggest and best yet!

Tickets are available in advance only, they will not be available on the gates.

Tickets are on sale now for the show which will run from Tuesday 12 July to Friday 15 July, 2022.