2016 Young Stock Person Competitions

During the summer of 2016 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 Stewartry and Wigtown Shows. This year was our National show at Dumfries in August. We were thrilled to have tremendous entries in the special extra young handler classes. Over 16 youngsters entered and were very ably judged by Ian Park, assisted by Ulrike Kaufhold who kindly presented a lovely trophy for the overall winner. The classes were split due to the large number of entries. The children received not only rosettes and money but also Chocolate Belties and Show equipment from our kind sponsors.

It is the handler’s competence that is judged and 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.

Exhibitors this year included Hamish & Rory Bell, Rory Bertie, Lynsey Brown, Rebecca Brown, Alex Hendrie, Molly & Daisy Keiley, David Lawson, Alastair Marshall, Abbey & Adam Montgomerie, Caitlin & Callum Ross, Olivia Stoker, Angus & Morven Thom and
Bailey Wilson. (Sorry if I have missed anyone out). Everyone did really well. We were also very ably joined in two shows by an extra and very welcome young handler Calum Cook with a young Black Galloway calf.

At Dumfries Show we had not only Belties shown by the youngsters but also White and Riggit Galloways. This is the first time these colours will have been shown together in a young handler class, thank you everyone for making such a supreme effort to support the classes.

Many congratulations to Callum Ross he accumulated the most points over the year and won the Belted Galloway Young Handler Trophy for 2016. This was presented at the Castle Douglas Show and Sale in October 2016.

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. Adult supervision and help is welcomed. 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.

(Info and photos Jennifer Taylor)

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