2014 Young Stock Person Competitions
During the summer of 2014 specific Beltie young handler classes were held once again at Ayr County, Straiton, and Stranraer Shows. We have also continued giving rosettes to the best Beltie young handler entering in general beef young handler classes at Dumfries, Stewartry and Wigtown Shows. Alison Bunning from the deep South is organising some Young Handlers classes in some of the English shows, more info to come.
It is the handler’s competence that is judged not the animal shown. There is a point system in place for the summer show season and the young exhibitor gaining the most points over the season will receive a trophy to keep for a year.
We were very pleased to have 2 new exhibitors in Scotland this year Bea-Bea and Bowes MacKinnon/Belcher. They showed their 2 lovely heifers enthusiastically in the pair class then very competently in the young handler’s class under the eagle eye of Brian McKnight the newly appointed herd manager of the recently formed Ayrshire herd. Other exhibitors this year included Molly Keiley, Ian McKnight, Abbie and Adam Montgomerie. Everyone did well. Many congratulations to Ian McKnight he accumulated the most points over the year and won the Belted Galloway Young Handler Trophy for 2014. The last 2 years he had just been pipped at the post by Katie Landers so well done this year. Although this will be Ian’s last year in these classes I am sure like with Bobby and Katie Landers we shall continue to see him showing Belties in the future. He has a good way handling the cattle and shows them very professionally. Well done also to Bea-Bea and Bowes MacKinnon/Belcher (2nd and 3rd respectively).
The society is keen to encourage youngsters and help teach them about showing and handling cattle. A few adult members are happy to help with this on their farms. If this is of interest to anyone please be in touch with the society and we shall try and arrange something suitable.
Please encourage your children, grandchildren, friend’s children etc to participate. The cattle shown don’t need to be their own, sometimes another exhibitor has a quiet animal that they are willing to lend for a class, please ask for more info. Remember cattle shows are a good shop front for our breed and youngsters are the future.
Please contact the society if you can persuade any of your local shows with Beltie classes to include Young Handler classes and would like Rosettes sent or any help.
Young Handler Photos from 2014