North East Club report 2005

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by Jim Brindley The North East Club, this year, has enjoyed a varied programme, although the attendance has been rather disappointing.

The year began with the Interbreed Quiz at Langthorpe by kind invitation of the Charolais Club. The N.E. Club team came a creditable 3rd. Well done to the winners, the Limousin team.

Our A.G.M. was held in March and was well attended. Chris Martindale kindly visited the club to update us on events at Stoneleigh and the Society’s vision for the future. The Club officers remained unchanged.

In May, the Club had a very enjoyable visit to Paull, Judy and Bridget Borlase at Sacombe Hill, along with the Eastern Club. The quality of the cattle was rivalled only by the food that was provided for us. Our thanks go out again to the whole family for making it a most enjoyable and informative day to be remembered for some time.

A glorious evening was spent in June at Ripon Races. It was a fun social event with several members trying to beat the bookies. We all failed but had a lot of laughs along the way.

The Junior Judging at the Royal Show in July was supported by two of our Junior Members, Robert and Katie Lambert, well done to you both. The Club tried this year to offer Judging Workshops to our Junior Members. Only one actually took place but, hopefully, this will continue in future years.

The Great Yorkshire Show was next on our calendar. The weather was fantastic and the cattle were just as hot. With the Royal Show Champion and the Reserve Champion in attendance it doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who made the show what it was and all the exhibitors who travelled from near and far. Many thanks, also, to all who kindly provided cakes and sandwiches for the show box, they were extremely well received and went down a treat!

Our Annual Dinner will be held on the 26th November at the Golden Fleece, Thirsk. Author and Limerick writer, Mary Wood, will be our Guest Speaker for the evening. This always proves to be a well attended finale to the year.

At the dinner the goblets will be presented to the owners of the highest placed young heifer and bull exhibited by a N.E.Member at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Mike Brears (Beaghall), will be collecting the young bull goblet and David Pick (Scarthingwell) will receive a goblet for the young heifer class.

Once again the Henry Pickering Memorial Trophy will be collected by Robert Lambert for gaining the most points by a N.E.Member in the Junior Judging at the Royal Show. John and Gill Smith (Moorside) again win the Dalgety Show Trophy for accumulating the most points at local shows.

Many congratulations to all our winners.

SIMMENTAL DAVE

To the church, Simmental Dave struggled through deep snow He was the only parishioner; no one else did go When asked by the vicar, ‘Should the service remain? With only one in the congregation, might it be in vain?’ Simmental Dave gave it thought, then said ‘I dunno I’m just a cowman and cows is all I know But if I go to feed them and only one comes by I do not ignore it, food I don’t deny.’ Shamed, the vicar delivered his service, long and full His thirty-minute sermon, most onerous and dull He eventually finished, and enquiringly came ‘Was that alright?’ he asked, seeking praise, his aim Simmental Dave said, ‘I dunno, cows is all I know But if only one’s for feeding, I don’t let the whole load go!’

By Mary Wood