New agricultural president makes history

THE NEW president of the society responsible for hosting the Great Yorkshire Show has become the first wife of a former president to follow in her husband’s footsteps.

Yorkshire Agricultural Society president Lord Crathorne hands over to the new president Sarah York at the end of the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Yorkshire Agricultural Society president Lord Crathorne hands over to the new president Sarah York at the end of the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Sarah York, of Long Marston near York, took over the staff of office in a ceremony at the close of last week’s Great Yorkshire Show.

It is 25 years since her husband, Edward, was President, from July 1989-1990.

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During her year of office Mrs York will represent the Society at events both at the 250-acre showground and around the region, preside at meetings as well as providing guidance and support to the Board of Trustees.

She said she was looking forward to her 12-month role, having been involved with the Society for more than 40 years.

“I am very much looking forward to my new role, it is a great honour to be asked and of course I accompanied my husband on many of his engagements during his year of office, and now he will be accompanying me,” Mrs York said.

A breeder of thoroughbred horses, she competed at the Great Yorkshire Show as a child, has been a member of the show’s equine committee since the 1970s and a steward for many years.

She is also president of Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain and a former steward of the British Horseracing Authority.

Her year of office will be particularly significant as work begins on creating a £10 million exhibition hall on the Society’s Harrogate showground, replacing the former outdated building.