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Mark Reaps Prestigious Agricultural Award

With more than 43 years working at Frontier Agriculture, Mark Winter has been recognised for his contribution to agriculture as he was presented with Driffield Agricultural Society’s prestigious Mountifield Award.

Mark was presented with the award in front of a packed audience at the Rix Pavilion last Tuesday evening prior to an entertaining evening of chat with the founder of Atkinson Action Horses, Mark Atkinson.

The Mountifield Award is presented for outstanding contributions to agriculture and allied industries in the East Riding and the audience heard how Mark (Winter) began his career working at Fishers Seeds in Hutton Cranswick.

Despite two take overs, Mark has remained a constant at the business, and is now Commercial Director for the North at Frontier Agriculture which is the UK’s leading crop production and grain marketing business.

With more than 43 years working at Frontier Agriculture, Mark Winter has been recognised for his contribution to agriculture

Presenting the award, Mark Flint from Driffield Agricultural Society, said: “When speaking to any of Mark’s colleagues, customers or even competitors, they will tell you what a great bloke he is.

“He has a complete grasp of the business and is known by most of the farmers in the East Riding by name, who say he is a great guy who always has time for you.

“We need people like that in the business in the East Riding and as such he has made a great contribution to the industry.”

On receiving the award, Mark Winter said: “I was humbled to receive the award and I would like to thank Driffield Agricultural Society for nominating me.

“This is as difficult a season in agriculture as I can remember, and it is important that we are all working together to come through this.

“I have had 43 years in the business, and I will continue to do my best to serve the farmers of the East Riding.”

As part of the popular ‘An Evening with’ series, more than 220 people enjoyed a fascinating talk by former dairy farmer Mark Atkinson, who diversified from agriculture into equestrian.

Having ridden all of his life and spending many years showjumping, Mark opened Asselby Grange Yard and Riding School in 1996.

He then started providing horses for reenactment and jousting. His work expanded into the field of tv and film and he has since provided horses, carriages and riders, taking on the role of horsemaster on many productions across the UK and internationally.

David Tite, CEO of Driffield Agricultural Society, said: “It was a really fascinating and fun evening and a lot of the people in the room knew Mark which added to the atmosphere.

“It was really great to hear his story of farm diversification which has really succeeded.

“I am delighted that Mark and the team from Atkinson Action Horses will be with us at the Driffield Show on 17th July. When they were with us a couple of years ago, it went down a storm and I am sure it will be just as fantastic again this year.”

Newly elected Honorary President of Driffield Agricultural Society Chris Byass was presented with a painting of the Grand Parade.

He said: “It is wonderful to receive the painting to mark my year as President, which I am very much looking forward to.

“I would like to thank Mark Atkinson for his entertaining talk which everyone enjoyed. It was a really good evening.”

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