It’s back - the village show which started as an argument

Harvey, Evie, Ellie Longstaff & Katie Oliver in fancy dress. Hinderwell Show 2017. w1468e . Pics: Scott Wicking
Harvey, Evie, Ellie Longstaff & Katie Oliver in fancy dress. Hinderwell Show 2017. w1468e . Pics: Scott Wicking

The 149th annual Hinderwell Horse and Agricultural Society show takes place next Friday at The Showfield on Runswick Lane.

A good deal of research has been done by the Hinderwell Historical Group, and while they have not yet uncovered reports of the first show in 1869, they did find a press release from the Whitby Gazette, dated August 25, 1899.

It comments: “During the afternoon a large number of people visited the show ground, and the grandstand was well filled with fashionable company.”

The show is said to have been started to solve an argument between two local men who couldn’t agree who had the best Cleveland Bay foal, but has since grown from strength to strength. It is still renowned for its Cleveland Bay classes – a breed of horse favoured the by Queen for pulling her carriages.

The breed was featured in an episode of Country File on BBC earlier in the year.

There is also plenty of opportunity for exhibitors to show their skills and animals in a range of friendly competitions. It include classes in heavy horses, pony breeding, ridden ponies, show jumping and gymkhana.

Smaller animals have the chance to shine with classes for sheep, ferrets and in the dog show. 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 musical entertainment and Goathland and Glaisdale Hunt will be there with their hounds.

Alpacas and owls will also be on show along with and trade and craft stands.

The show starts at 9am and runs until 6pm. Admission £5 adults; £3 children and £4 senior citizens.

Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £14.