It’s one of the biggest county fixtures of the season and if you’re going to land a championship on Yorkshire soil then you need to bring your A-game — in the form of a blistering gallop in front of the grandstand crowd.
With its main arena and White Rose ring, the grassy turf at the Great Yorkshire offers riders the opportunity to let their mounts go down the long side.
Here are eight flawless gallops we snapped during 2019’s Great Yorkshire Show ahead of the 2021 renewal of the event, which kicks off tomorrow (13 July)…
1. The Forger
Libby Robertson piloted the stunning grey gelding to maxi cob victory, picking up a Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) ticket in the process.
2. KBF Crescendo
The then six-year-old mare — champion at 2018’s Royal International — was coloured champion with producer Jayne Ross at the helm.
3. MHS Charlie Fox
The novice hunter accolade went to Aubrey Chapman and the then five-year-old lightweight, who was ultra-exuberant as he galloped past the grandstand.
4. Red Rock III
Tracey Veale’s gorgeous gelding produced two awe-inspiring push-ons with producer Vicky Hesford to scoop the overall cob championship as well as the coloured reserve title.
5. Waitwith Texas Star
Jennifer Cowan geared up the Welsh section A gelding before galloping to the overall HOYS small breeds championship.
6. Brookdale Limited Edition
The Mears family’s prolific maxi cob took the ladies’ class with producer Danielle Heath, who was all smiles aboard the victorious grey.
7. View Point
The then reigning HOYS hunter champion lowered and went for producer Rob Walker as he secured the open hunter title. This was the eighth time Robert won the Great Yorkshire hunter championship.
8. Dyffryngwy Sir Picasso
The Mountain and Moorland supreme was clinched by the HOYS-winning Welsh cob, who was in perfect sync with his owner/rider Emma Boardman.