Animals took centre stage at the Great Yorkshire Show, with a host of Supreme Championship winners and the ever-popular Ripon Select Foods Cock O’ the North show jumping competition.

There were some special visitors from the Sheffield-based Roshni Asian Women’s Resource Centre, who saw the goats being judged, and an appearance on the new GYS stage by TV host Matt Baker MBE who was interviewed by host Christine Talbot as well as chatting to sheep exhibitors and watching horse shoeing classes.

Competition was fierce in the show rings, with cattle, sheep, pigs and horses all challenging for the titles of Supreme Champion.

The Supreme Beef Championship was won by a British Blonde cow, Brownhill Netta, with calf, Newland Tanza, at foot, owned by Thor Atkinson of Ulverston. Reserve went to British Limousin cow, Whinfell Park Marilyn, with calf Whinfell Park Tiger Lily, owned by AW Jenkinson Farms.

The Main Ring saw the culmination on the horse showing classes, with the Supreme In-Hand Championship going to Mrs J Adams’ Riding Pony mare, Megland Moonglow, shown by Alan Charlesworth, with the Reserve going to Mrs J Day’s three-year-old Hunter gelding, Full Cry.

In the sheep rings, both MV and non-MV sheep competed for their own Supreme titles, before going head-to-head in the Overall Supreme Championship, won by a British Charollais owned by Charles Sercombe of Melton Mowbray, with a Clun Forest owned by Anna Pennell of Catterick taking reserve.

The Supreme Pig Championship was won by Stuart Roberts, from Bedale, with Raisinhall First Turn 2, a Hampshire, born last July. "It's amazing to win," said Mr Roberts. "This is it - the big one - the best you can get. We didn't expect anything at all. I've been showing 30 plus years, and never come close." Reserve went to Giles Eustice from Cornwall with British Lop Bezurrel General.

The sheepdog trials, new for 2022, were held in the Main Ring, with competitors from UK’s four home nations - England, Scotland Wales and Ireland - taking part before the Cock O’ The North thrilled the spectators with its usual nail-biting finish. The top show jumping prize at the Show went to James Wilson riding Heather Larson’s Imagine de Muze, beating Antony Condon and Will Edwards by a tiny margin.

The Great Yorkshire Show has become a four-day event after a raft of changes were implemented at the 2021 show due to Covid 19 regulations.