Thousands set to flock to Yorkshire Showground for Countryside Live

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Thousands of people are expected to flock to The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate this weekend, which will see TV favourites Julian Norton and Peter Wright headlining The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live.

Adverts for the new-look event have been beamed into the homes of millions of viewers every week over the last two months, across six national TV channels as well as during The Yorkshire Vet on Channel 5.

Preparations are now underway to welcome thousands of visitors into the showground this Saturday and Sunday. Organisers say advance ticket sales have more than doubled for the event.

Nigel Pulling, chief executive of Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “We have seen a phenomenal boom in ticket sales since we announced our partnership with The Yorkshire Vet and Channel 5.

“Thousands of visitors are set to come to the showground – many for the first time ever – and we look forward to welcoming them to what promises to be a very exciting weekend.”

There will be three live Yorkshire Vet shows hosted by BBC Radio personality Georgey Spanswick in the Main Ring each day at 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm with Peter and Julian and special guests.

The show is the only one in the UK to run a Talented Showjumper Competition for riders aged 10-years-old and over. Qualifiers run on the Saturday and the final will take place on the Sunday afternoon.

A record number of horses have also been entered for classes, with more than 450 entries this year.

The event has also been chosen to host the National Championships for the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association, sponsored by NWT Horseshoes in the showground’s purpose-built forge.

From horses to honey, pigs to poultry, sheep to cattle, pigeons to rabbits, over 2,000 animals will be at the showground this weekend.