First show of season on horizon

OVER 140 years ago two local men had an argument and couldn’t agree who had the best Cleveland Bay foal.

A show was organised to solve the argument and 143 years on the Hinderwell Horse and Agricultural Society is still going strong.

This year’s show will be on Friday 10 August and is still renowned for its Cleveland Bay classes – a breed of horse favoured by the Queen for pulling her carriages – but also gives people the opportunity to show their skills and animals in a range of ‘friendly’ competitions.

It also includes classes in heavy horses, pony breeding, ridden ponies, show jumping and gymkhana.

Smaller animals also have the chance to shine with classes for sheep, ferrets and in the dog show.

There are more classes than ever in the ferret section and the sheep section includes a class this year for the best pet lamb shown by a young person aged 12 or under.

There are also classes in vintage machinery, farm produce, garden produce, flowers, handicrafts confectionery, preserves and photography.

Children get a chance to show off their talents with prizes for the best picture, collage, handwriting and various other arts and crafts.

The Downe and Outs jazz band will provide entertainment as well as The Goathland Hunt, a short display by Liz Kettle who will be ‘Trooping the Colour’ and a Jubilee-themed fancy dress competition that is open to all ages.

Alpacas and owls will also be on show along with over thirty craft and trade stands that range from antique books and jewellery to plants and children’s amusements.

The show is open 10am to 6pm.

Car parking is free and admission is £4 for adults, £3 for children and senior citizens. Family tickets cost £12.

For more information visit or contact Jude Knight on (01947) 604928.