New president makes society history

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For the first time in the history of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society the wife of a former President is following in her husband’s footsteps.  Mrs Sarah of Long Marston near took over the staff of office in a ceremony at the close of last week’s Great Yorkshire Show (Thurs 16 July). It is 25 years since her husband, Edward, was President, from July 1989 – 1990.

During her year of office Mrs 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 is very much looking forward to her 12-month role, having been involved with the Society for more than 40 years. The Society is best known as the organiser of the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister , Countryside Live.


Mrs Sarah York of Long Marston near York
Mrs Sarah York of Long Marston near York


A keen horsewoman, Mrs York competed at the as a child. She has been a member of the equine committee since the 1970s and a steward for many years. Mrs York, who breeds thoroughbred horses, is 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will be particularly significant as work begins on creating a £10m exhibition hall on the site, replacing the former outdated building.


Sarah York said:

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.


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