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Great Yorkshire Show - Cock O’The North: Coupe pips Smith in frantic finish as Roses rivalry is forgotten

LANCASHIRE’S Nigel Coupe pipped Yorkshireman Robert Smith to win the 2017 Cock O’The North in a finish so thrilling that an excited crowd cast Roses rivalry to one side.

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The parade of hounds at the Great Yorkshire Show. Picture: Gary Longbottom

John Peel moment as hunt takes bow

FOR four decades, his voice has been one of the defining sounds of the Great Yorkshire Show.

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SIX-UP: John Whitaker won the Cock O'The North for a sixth time in 2013 on Maximillian, pictured.

Great Yorkshire Show: Evergreen Whitaker eyes ‘record’ seventh win

FORTY-TWO years have passed since Huddersfield’s John Whitaker won his first ever Cock O’ The North Championship at the Great Yorkshire Show.

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ALL SMILES: Izzy Taylor, on Trevidden, winner of the 2017 CIC three-star at Bramham. Picture by James Hardisty.

Equestrian: Rio heartache is cast aside as Izzy targets Europeans

IT would be harsh to begrudge Izzy Taylor her maiden success at Bramham this year, or representing Team GB at this summer’s European Championships in fact.

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TWO CHANCES: For Northallerton's Nicola Wilson, with One Two Many, left, and Bulana. Picture by  Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Equestrian: Yorkshire duo long-listed for Europeans

Northallerton’s world no 10 Nicola Wilson is keeping her fingers firmly crossed having been named on the Team GB long-list ahead of next month’s eventing European Championships in Strzegom, Poland.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Celebration so soon

I can’t believe my Summer Celebration Party has come around so fast, next Saturday all the hard work will come to a climax.

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Matthew and Verity Bedford pictured with their son Reggie aged 15 weeks, at Thorpe Hill Farm, Whixley. Picture by Simon Hulme

The Bedfords ensure futures for horses of yesteryear

They are the darlings of the agricultural show world, the gentle giants that were the original workhorses before the farm machinery revolution made them virtually redundant in the 1950s. Heavy horses are no longer the force they were in the countryside and have now largely cast off their working class hero image in exchange for the glam and showbiz world of colour and splendour.

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FUTURE STAR:  Emily King and Cooley Currency glide over a fence in the CIC three-star class at this year's Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials. Picture by James Hardisty.

Equestrian feature: Rising star Emily happy to aim high

SIX OLYMPIC Games incorporating two silver medals and a bronze... plus two World Championships golds and four Europeans golds as well.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Return to childhood scene in Ilkley

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is set to benefit from the Nidderdale Harness Racing taking place at Pateley Bridge tomorrow. Held at Bewerley Park, the races have raised over £4,000 for the charity since they returned to Nidderdale in some form in 2013 after a 75-year absence.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Yorkshire riders to represent Britain

Massive celebrations are afoot in Yorkshire eventing circles this week following the announcement that two Northern lads have been selected to represent Britain at the FEI Nations Cup in the USA in July.

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Video - Bramham Horse Trials: Yoshiaki Oiwa makes history for Japan as Tokyo looms

YOSHIAKI OIWA created eventing history by becoming the first Japanese rider to win at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, on a horse he could ride in his home Olympics in three years.

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Pingu and Baffle keep Jo Foster busy whenever they are together. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Double trouble of dog tales

Pingu the Jack Russell has come to stay with us whilst my parents are away on holiday. Whenever the little bitch comes to visit Baffle (my Patterdale) gets incredibly excited. She loves to lead Pingu astray, which doesn’t take much. Once the kitchen door opens they are both through it and away.

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NOT TWO BAD! Northallerton's Nicola Wilson suddenly sits fifth on One Two Many. Picture by James Hardisty.

DAY THREE - Bramham Horse Trials 2017: Taylor Iz a winner as Wilson rockets up to fifth

IZZY TAYLOR won Bramham’s 2017 CIC three-star on a day when Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson rocketed up 23 places to fifth in the flagship CCI three-star.

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Zara Tindall on Fernhill Facetime. PIC: James Hardisty

Photo gallery: 2017 Bramham International Horse Trials

Check out these terrific photos from the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC*** Showjumping competition.

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Zara Tindall on Fernhill Facetime at Bramham Horse Trials.   Picture: Tony Johnson.

Bramham: Yorkshire ‘love affair’ fuels Zara Tindall’s desire to succeed

ZARA TINDALL admitted Bramham would always be associated with “great memories” as the royal goes in search of making new memories in 2017.

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Nicola Wilson on her horse Kings Advocate II takes part in the dressage. Picture: Simon Hulme

Nicola Wilson stays grounded over Bramham chances despite fine opening day display

NORTHALLERTON’S Nicola Wilson refused to be drawn on the very real possibility of a second win at Bramham, but no-nonsense Huddersfield rider Oliver Townend admitted it was already game over for his own hopes on the very first day.

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Nicola Wilson with her mount One Two Many at the inspection trot up at the Bramham Horse Trials earlier this week. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

Nicola Wilson and Oliver Townend out to deny HRH Zara Tindall at Bramham

EUROPEAN dreams could be fulfilled at this week’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials which have been given a royal seal of approval for 2017.

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Oliver Townend with his mount Note Worthy at the inspection trot up at the Bramham Horse Trails.   Picture: Tony Johnson.

Royal seal as eventing begins at Bramham

BRAMHAM PARK near Wetherby will echo to the sound of thundering hooves, an expected crowd of around 60,000 and a royal competitor, as one of Europe’s leading three-day events gets underway on Thursday.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Silent success for Middleham hostel

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to be invited to a charity dinner at York racecourse in aid of The Jessica Bethell Foundation. Jessica, a trainer’s daughter from Middleham, sadly died of meningitis at the age of 24 in 2012. The event was held by her parents Sally and James Bethell who have worked tirelessly fundraising over the last two years, supporting local community projects and funding research into the disease.

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Over the stable door: Internet dating for Baffle

Over the stable door: Internet dating for Baffle

Baffle, my two-year-old Patterdale bitch, has been dipping her paw into a bit of internet dating recently in the search to find a mate for her first litter of puppies. In the past finding my pooches a mate has meant a queue at the door but not this time.

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