2008 Young Members Report

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By Stephanie Birch

As 2008 is coming to a close it is time for an update of what the young members have been doing throughout the year.

We started with the AGM held at Perth in February, when a new Vice Chairman was appointed in Varrie Dyet and Emma Railton was appointed as Secretary. I would firstly like to thank Varrie and Emma for their support throughout the year.

It has been a busy year for the young members as we hosted the second Youth forum as part of the 17th Simmental World Congress. It was an honour and privilege to be Chairman of the young members association during this event. Many life long friends where made from both home and abroad.

Sponsors Schering – Plough Resflor – David Meakin Farmers Guardian – Stephanie Denny Allflex – Chris Melluish Welsh Simmental Club

Across the Country Regional Clubs held their annual Stock Judging competitions whilst preparing for the Royal Show and for the World Congress competition held at Sacombe by kind permission of the Borlase family.

Junior Stockjudging Royal Show 2008Individual Over 21 – Senior 1st - Arwel Jones 2nd - Emma Ogden 3rd - Gail ClarkIndividual Under 21 – Junior 1st - Luke Blomfield 2nd - Boomer Birch 3rd - Rhys FrancisWinner of the Junior Stockjudging 16 years and under Rhys FrancisReasons O21 Emma OgdenReasons U21 Boomer Birch

Team O21 1st - Midlands – Rob Fitton/Richard Green 2nd - Northern Ireland – Thomas Hamilton/William Ferguson 3rd - Scotland – Gail Clark/Gayle Houliston

Team U21 1st - South East – Emma & Luke Blomfield 2nd - Wales – Angharad & Rhys Francis 3rd - North East – Sarah & Fran Pick

Overall, Overall Winner - Boomer Birch, Midlands Club, British Simmental Cattle Society

This year’s Royal Show was badly effected by the Blue Tongue restrictions however, despite the limited number of cattle it was extremely encouraging to see so many young members forward to take part. The competition was again run in conjunction with the British Blue and British Blonde Cattle Societies. Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you to everyone for taking part. I would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support and without whose donations this competition could not take place.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Judges, Stewards, Scorers and Time Keepers and all the office staff who gave up their time to help with the competitions at the Royal Shows, both the Perth Bull Sales and throughout the World Congress.

The Young Stock Person of the year was well contested and thank you to all the Sponsors and Judges for their time and support, congratulations to all the winners.

I would also like to congratulate all those Young Members who have had success in both the show and sale ring. It is great to see our Young Members being involved.

Many thanks must go to Society Council, Claire, Fiona and all the office staff for their continued help, support and encouragement. Also thank you to all those Young Members who have been involved this year and we look forward to your continued support next year.

Young Stock Person of the Year Awards 2008
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Gethin Davies, receiving the Dyfed Trophy for Young Stockperson of the Year at The Royal Welsh Show, Pictured with Nadia Gwynne, Judge & Chairman of the Welsh Simmental Club. The Dyfed Trophy is kindly sponsored by Mr M O & Mrs L D Jones. Gillian Greenhill receives the Young Stockperson of the Year award kindly sponsored by J & J Green Corskie Simmentals at the Royal Highland Show.
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The N.I. Simmental Cattle Breeders Club Young Stockperson of the Year 2008 is Neil McIlwaine (Corrick), Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone. Neil is pictured receiving the Young Stockperson Shield from Lorna Forde (Judge) at Enniskillen Show. Looking on is Club Secretary, Robin Boyd. Rebecca Hicks, Young Stockperson of the Year at the Royal Show who is awarded the Forsdale Trophy, sponsored by Chris and Kath Martindale.
douglas_smith Left: Douglas Smith recieving the Young Stockperson of the year award at Perth bull sales in February 08, kindly sponsored by Pasturefields Simmentals, R M Birch.
Stockjudging Royal Show 2008
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Terry Ford, Master Judge, giving his reasons for placing the cattle.Individual Over 21 – Senior 1st - Arwel Jones 2nd - Emma Ogden 3rd - Gail Clark

Individual Under 21 – Junior 1st - Luke Blomfield 2nd - Boomer Birch 3rd - Rhys Francis

Winner of the Junior Stockjudging 16 years and under Rhys Francis

Reasons O21 Emma Ogden

Reasons U21 Boomer BirchTeam O21 1st - Midlands – Rob Fitton & Richard Green 2nd - Northern Ireland – Thomas Hamilton & William Ferguson 3rd - Scotland – Gail Clark & Gayle Houliston

Team U21 1st - South East – Emma & Luke Blomfield 2nd - Wales – Angharad & Rhys Francis 3rd - North East – Sarah & Fran Pick

Overall, Overall Winner Boomer Birch, Midlands Club, British Simmental Cattle Society

Senior Individual Competition

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Arwel Jones, Welsh Club, receives the Bill Boulton Goblets from Bill Boulton and the 1st prize award for Senior Individual Emma Ogden, South East Club, receiving 2nd prize for Senior Individual from Dave Meakin, sponsor Schering-Plough Resflor. Gail Clark, Scottish Club, receiving 3rd Prize award from Dave Meakin sponsor Schering-Plough Resflor.

Senior Teams Competition

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MIDLANDS TEAM Rob Fitton and Richard Green receive 1st Prize from Judge Terry Ford. Young Thomas Fitton proudly accepts his first rosette. NORTHERN IRELAND TEAM Thomas Hamilton and William Ferguson receive 2nd Prize from Terry Ford, Judge. SCOTTISH TEAM Gail Clark and Gayle Houliston receive 3rd Prize from Terry Ford, Judge - looking very pleased with himself!!

OVERALL - OVERALL WINNER

wynne_jenkins overall Boomer Birch, Midlands Club, receives the New Trend Overall Winners Trophy from the formidable Evans, Birch and Barber! Also pictured: both sponsors, Stephanie Denny, Farmers Guardian and Dave Meakin, Schering-Plough Resflor and Overall Judge Peter Donger
Judge: Wynn Jenkins

Junior Individual Competition

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Luke Blomfield, South East Club, receives 1st Prize from Stephanie Denny, sponsor, Farmers Guardia Boomer Birch receives 2nd Prize from Stephanie Denny, sponsor, Farmers Guardian Rhys Francis receives 3rd Prize from Dave Meakin, sponsor, Schering- Plough Resflor

Junior Team Competition

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SOUTH EAST TEAM Emma and Luke Blomfield receive 1st Prize from the Judge Wynn Jenkins WELSH TEAM Angharad and Rhys Francis receive 2nd Prize from Judge Wynn Jenkins NORTH EAST TEAM Wynn Jenkins looking like the ’cat that got the cream’ with these two lovely ladies, Fran and Sarah Pick!

Winners of the Reasons Competition

o21 Left: Emma Ogden, Over 21’s Reasons winner receiving 1st Prize from Stephanie Denny, sponsor, Farmers Guardian.Right: Under 21’s Reasons winner, Boomer Birch receiving 1st Prize from Dave Meakin, sponsor, Schering-Plough Resflor. boomer