Great Yorkshire Show Polo is inspired by the history of this event.
When the Great Yorkshire Show was conceived in 1837. Queen Victoria was on the throne. It was a group of agriculturalists. They were led by the third Earl Spencer. They met in York to discuss the future of farming. A decided to form the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. It had five aims to improve and develop agriculture. The first was to run a major agricultural event. Also, this led to the first Yorkshire Show the following year in 1838.
Yorkshire Towns bid to stage the Show
In 1843 the Show added the word Great to the title. Also, various towns bid to stage the show. It was held annually. But, in 1915 it was canceled due to the First World War. It wasn’t held again until 1920. And then it moved to various locations until 1940. The Show resumed in 1949. And the Society’s considered buying a permanent showground. A year later the last show was held in Malton. And the Great Yorkshire Show became the first in the UK to buy a permanent showground.
Harrogate Showground at Rudding Park
The 200-acre site overlooking Rudding Park, Harrogate. It was bought for £16,500. In 1951 nearly 54,000 visitors attended at its new home. Also, this is where it remains to today. Over the years. The Harrogate Showground has grown and developed. In 1992 after the sale of land to Sainsbury’s. It was decided to stay on the Harrogate site. And an ambitious £10m re-development program began.
YAS – Yorkshire Agricultural Society
To fund the aims of the YAS. Commercial facilities were developed on the Showground. Firstly, the Pavilions of Harrogate which was built in 1996. Secondly, the Yorkshire Event Centre has had an £11m refurbishment. And is now the biggest single event space in the North East. Thirdly, the onsite café and farm shop Fodder was built in 2009. It supports over 350 Yorkshire producers. Finally, Harrogate Caravan Park is attracting more and more holidaymakers. This is since opening in 2014.
All profits generated by all the Showground businesses fund the work of the YAS. This includes organising the Great Yorkshire Show. Also, Springtime Live and Countryside Live.
Manufactured by Ellis Rugby from pique 100% cotton, the Great Yorkshire Show Polo Shirt features detailed embroidery on the crest. Other features include a herringbone finish on the vents as well as velvet tape on the neck opening. In addition, we also offer a Yorkshire Rugby Union Shirt Vintage Classic Style.
Limited sizes are available.