2009 Young Members Report

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By Varrie Dyet

Well a new year has been and gone and what a year it has been. Everything started back at the AGM in February at Perth where I took over the reins from Steph. Some things take getting used to and being put in the deep end I quickly found my feet as Chairperson. Gayle Houliston was appointed Vice Chairperson and Emma stayed on as Secretary. I would like to thank both of them and Steph for their support throughout the year.

Across the Country our Regional Clubs held their annual stockjudging competitions and training's for the last ever stockjudging at The Royal Show. It was so good to see so many young members taking part it was great to put faces with the names that I had been given. The Competition was once again held in conjunction with the British Blue and British Blonde Cattle Societies. Congratulations must go 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 these competitions 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 and The Perth Bull Sales.

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 fantastic to see so many our Young Members being involved.

We also had 6 representatives over in Canada for the Agribiton Trip where they had to write a letter on why they should be picked to go. Thanks must go to Roger Birch for organizing the trip.

The World Congress takes place in Australia in September 2010 where Gayle and myself will be representing the Young members which I am very excited about.

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 Member’s Stock Judging results Royal Show 2009

Individual Over 21 1st Robert Pearce – Centre West Club 2nd Edward Hunt – Centre West Club 3rd Menna Davis – Welsh Club

Individual Under 21 Joint 1st: Angharad Francis & Rhys Francis – Welsh Club 2nd: Claire Strathern – Scottish Club 3rd: Harriet Wilson – Midlands Club

Team. Under 21 1st: Angharad & Rhys Francis – Welsh Club 2nd: Harriet Wilson & Millie Hendy – Midlands Club 3rd: Jenny Bennett & Felicity Hill – Midlands Club

Team. Over 21 1st: Robert Pearce & Darren Jones – Centre West Club 2nd: Thomas Hamilton & William Ferguson – Irish Club 3rd: Emma Ogden & Emma Blomfield – South East Club

Winner of the Junior Stock judging 16 Years and under Rhys Francis – Welsh Club

Reasons Winner Over 21 Gayle Houliston – Scottish Club

Reasons Winner Under 21 Alastair Jackson – Scottish Club

Reserve Overall, Overall Winner: Robert Pearce – Centre West Club

The New Trend Trophy sponsored by Evans, Birch & Barber for Overall Winner of the Stock Juding Competition

Robert Pearce Senior Individual Over 21 Winner Centre West Club with Stephanie Denny Sponsor Farmers Guardian

Rhys & Angharad Francis Joint First Prize Winners Under 21 Indivduals from the Welsh Club with David Donnelly Sponsor Preserva Midlands & Atlow Simmentals

Winning Team Under 21 Welsh Club Rhys & Angharad Francis with Jimmy Wood Sponsor Popes Simmentals

Gayle Houliston receiving First Prize for Best Reasons Over 21 from master Judge Richard Rodgers Hiltonstown Simmentals

Marion Harris presenting Robert Pearce the Bill Boulton Goblets on behalf of Mr & Mrs Bill Boulton & the Shield for Senior Indivdual to Robert Pearce Centre West Club

Fiona Sloan Breed Development Manager Presents Rhys & Angharad Francis with the Bert Borlase trophy For Winning the Junior Individual Under 21