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Thousands flock to Malham Show for a taste of the rural life
1:32pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
Celebrity doctor Christian Jessen enjoyed the delights of Malham Show on Saturday.
The presenter of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies series was among the thousands who flocked to the show despite heavy overnight rain and dark clouds.
Despite a slow start, the showfield was soon buzzing with people keen to get a taste of rural life.
President Tony Cawthorne praised the organisers, saying an enormous amount of work had gone into making the show a success.
“It’s absolutely incredible,” he said. “And it happens every year.”
It proved a good day for Eastby farmer Andrew Ayrton, who won the dairy championship with Hawbank Shottle Sincere.
The victor – who had calved four times – had been reserve champion at Kilnsey in 2011 and won the cow in milk section at Gargrave last year.
“I am very pleased,” said Mr Ayrton, who also took home the Clowes Cup for the best group of cattle, the Verity Cup for the best local calf in heifer and the Arla Foods Trophy for the best cow in milk.
The long journey from County Durham proved worthwhile for Gary Braines, who took top honours in the Highland cattle section.
“There are a lot of good animals here today,” he said. “Malham encompasses all that is best in a local show.”
The sheep championship was won by Robin Booth, of Feizor, with a home-bred three-shear Swaledale ewe that also won top honours at Kilnsey last year.
“I am delighted – it’s been a good show,” he said.
Just two entries turned up in the heavy horse section as many competitors were put off by the weather – but the two animals presented were of an extremely high standard.
The champion was a four-year-old mare, Phoenix Gemma, shown by Paul Bedford, of Whixley, York, who qualified for last year’s Horse of the Year show, and the junior champion was shown by Frank Pickles, of Long Lee, Keighley.
In the hunter classes, a new trophy was presented in memory of Tom Bannister, former managing director of the Coniston Hotel, Coniston Cold, who died in a car crash earlier this year.
“He always loved coming up here,” said his father, Michael. “It is a great privilege to be able to present a trophy in his memory.”
The inaugural winner was Lucy Cole.
Another new cup was presented in the domestic section – to the local man who had made the best cake.
The trophy was donated by the family of the late Carol Dudgeon and was won by Colin Raeburn.
Also new this year was the whippet racing – which, in some heats, didn’t quite go quite according to plan when the dogs became distracted!
Once again the fell races were well supported, with Adam Osborne taking top honours in the senior event.
There was success too for Coniston Cold brothers Josh and Reagan Atkinson, who won the locals trophy in the under 17 and under 14 races respectively.
The under nines had to contend with a slight detour to their course as the heavy overnight rain meant the beck was too deep for them to negotiate.
Other attractions included daredevil stunts by the 3 Sixty Bicycle Team.
MALHAM SHOW TROPHY WINNERS
CATTLE: Wolfenden Trophy (champion dairy animal), Arla Foods Trophy (best cow in milk), Clowes Cup (best cattle group) and Verity Cup (best local heifer in calf) – A Ayrton; Mellin Cup (best local dairy animal) and Preston Farmers Cup (reserve dairy animal) – B Moorhouse; Townson Bros Trophy (champion Highland) and Willis Trophy (best Highland cow) – G Braines; Fritsilver Trophy (best local cow in calf) – IR and D Wellock: Bob Taylor Cup (champion commercial beef) – J Mellin and C Cropper; Thompson Cup (best pure bred breeding animal), Foster Memorial Trophy (most points in cattle section) and Stephenson Family Cup (best beef heifer in calf or with calf) – J Stephenson.
YOUNG FARMERS: Rycroft Cup (most points) – T Hall; Caton Cup (young farmer with the highest points total from Coniston Cold Young Farmers’ Show and the Young Farmers’ section at Malhamdale Show – R and H Atkinson.
SHEEP: Show Committee Trophy (champion sheep), Jack Carr Malham Moor Cup (champion Swaledale), Ambler Cup (most Swaledale points) – WA and A Booth; Barclays Bank Trophy (champion sheep or reserve shown by local exhibitor), Mason Cup (most points in Mule/ Blue-faced Leicester), Taylor Painting (local Blue-faced Leicester champion) and Thompson Cup (champion Blue Faced Leicester) – N Heseltine; Woodrup Memorial Cup (most points in the Dalesbred section), Verity’s Memorial Trophy (pair of male Dalesbred), and Dalesbred Breeders’ Association Rosette (champion Dalesbred) – JK Wilson; Haggas Cup (best local Swaledale) – TW Cowperthwaite; Hargreaves Cup (best Mule gimmer lamb) – S Sutcliffe; Airedale Beagles Cup (best butchers’ lambs) – J Mellin and C Cropper; RBST Dales Group Trophy (best rare breeds sheep - primitive) – R Graveston; Pennine Cup (best rare breeds sheep – non-primitive) – J Whitehead.
HORSES: Tom Bannister Trophy (hunter champion) and Hilary Denby Trophy (working hunter exceeding 15 hands) – L Cole: Marston Cup (working hunter pony not to exceed 15 hands) – L Reeday; Simpson Cup (showjumping, novice pony) – K Cross; Caton Cup (champion heavy horse) – P Bedford.
HORTICULTURE: Vera Fell Trophy (best exhibit, most true to type, in the open flower classes) – K Wellock; Silver Trophy (best vegetable) – J Sample; William Nelson Trophy (best exhibit in the local vegetable classes) – J Metcalfe; Cup (most points in adult horticulture) – S Essler.
FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS: Taylor Cup (best exhibit) – D Jackson; Fairhurst Trophy (best children’s exhibit) – Mia Petrucci; Sharp Cup (best miniature garden) – Cecily Millar.
ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY: William Wild Otter Prize (best exhibit) and Clay Trophy (best carving or wood item) – C Battersby; Green Trophy (best children’s art) – Louis Hudson; The Malham Tarn Trophy (best photograph) – C Monaghan.
HANDWRITING: The Malhamdale Players Trophy (exhibitor in full time education) – Rebecca Howlett.
CAKES, PRESERVES AND NEEDLEWORK: Hemingway Trophy (best afternoon tea tray) – V Baldwin; The Malham Moor Trophy (best baking) – M Bland; Betty Carr Cup (best preserves) – T Wellock; Ladies Committee Trophy (most points in baking and handicrafts) – P Swainson; Wellock Trophy (local exhibitor with most points in baking and handicrafts) – V Sharp; Dudgeon Trophy (best cake made by local man) – C Raeburn; Carruthers Cup (best needlework) and Susan Graveston Trophy (best hand-knitted item) – M McLellan; Chris Riley Trophy (family with most points) – Booth family of Wigglesworth.
CHILDREN: The Cooper Shield (exhibitor, aged 12 to 16 years, with most points) and Wellock Cup (best exhibit in senior children’s baking and handicrafts) – Anna Booth; Hewetson and Roberts Shield (exhibitor of 11 years and under with most points) – Charlotte Booth; Hannah Pullan Trophy (best exhibit by an exhibitor of 11 years and under) – Thomas Darwin.
MISCELLANEOUS: Yorkshire Dales Society Cup (best fancy dress) – Sky Lancaster Moon; Alan Barker Trophy (best vintage tractor) – D Throup; Field Studies Council Cup (best classic car) – B Smith; Malham YHA Trophy (Trailquest winner) – G Fielding; Cutter Cup (champion dry stone waller) – R Charnley; Ambler Cup (best dry stone walling competitor who is a member of any Young Farmers’ Club) and YDNPA Shield (best dry stone waller under 25) – N Booth; The Semple Cup (sheepdog trails winner) – R Jewitt; Jim Scarborough Trophy (best young handler in sheepdog trails) – A Briggs.
FELL RACES: Rycroft Cup (under nine winner) - Ben Phillips; Metcalfe Cup (under 12 winner) – Logan Hargreaves; Akers Cup (first local in under 12s race) – Arthur Peel; Keith Hill Memorial Trophy (under 14 winner) – Thomas Nelson; Fell Trophy (first local in under 14s race) – Reagan Atkinson; Buck Inn Cup (under 17 winner) – Jack Denton; Lockwood Trophy (first local in under 17s race) – Josh Atkinson; Proctor Trophy (senior winner) – Adam Osborne; Hill Top Bunk Barners Trophy (first lady home in senior race) – Debbie Wilson; Otterburn Trophy (first local in senior race) – Will Crisp.