An acclaimed horse-riding stunt display has been confirmed for his year’s Otley Show.
The 2014 show takes place on Saturday, May 17, and as usual will have at its heart exhibitions of the best local livestock, horses, pets, produce, handicrafts and floral art.
For the event’s arena attractions, the Stampede Stunt Display Team look sure to wow the crowds as they perform an action-packed routine called Gulliver’s Carnival, featuring flamboyant costumes and music.
The performance will see leading UK stunt rider Zana attempting vaulting tricks, sitting backwards on her horse’s neck and scooping up hats – all while at full gallop.
Also in the main arena at the Bridge End showground this year will be Ben Potter with his vulture and eagle Birds of Prey display.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s Tour De France display, looking ahead to the Grand Depart speeding through town on Saturday, July 5, will feature too.
Otley’s MP Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West) is looking forward to show day.
He said: “It is fantastic that Otley Show this year will feature a Tour de France area as it is a great opportunity to preview what will be happening in and around the town on the historic weekend when the world’s biggest cycle race passes through.
“Already the excitement is building locally and the display’s appearance at Otley Show will help with that and allow people a taster of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
“Otley Show is always a fantastic event with so much to do and see, and it is hugely important to the town and local economy.”
Also returning this year is The Sheep Show, featuring nine well-behaved, different breed animals, a dance – The Sheepshow Shuffle – and a shearing demonstration.
The number of show entries for the various classes, meanwhile, looks like it is on track to exceed 4,000.
Organisers Wharfedale Agricultural Society are also looking forward to seeing visitors’ reactions to a new attraction – the sight of yachts on the lake, thanks to a display by Otley Sailing Club.
The club will also be taking visitors out on to the water during the day.
Membership of the show, the oldest one-day agricultural event of its type in the country, costs £23 which includes three admission tickets and a car pass.