2013 Young Stock Person Competitions
During the summer of 2013 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. 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.
Exhibitors this year included Hamish Bell, Mollie Keiley, Katie Landers, Ian McKnight, Abbie Montgomerie and Adam Montgomerie. Everyone did well. Congratulations to Katie Landers once again, she accumulated the most points over the year and won the Belted Galloway Young Handler Trophy for 2013. Well done also to Ian McKnight (2nd). Both Katy and Ian helped with the turning out and showing of Belties all season both in open and young handler classes. They both show great aptitude and professionalism and I am sure we will see them both showing cattle successfully in the future.
It was really great to have another of Anne Bell’s grandchildren, Mollie Keiley, showing in the young handler classes. Mollie under the supervision of her mum Katy led her calf Clifton Jess around the ring at Straiton show. They made a lovely pair. Another 2 new handlers were the children of Caroline Montgomerie, a council member who breeds both Belties and white Galloways. Abbie Montgomerie, very smartly turned out, enthusiastically groomed and led a Tobergill calf at both Straiton and Stranraer shows. Her brother Adam made his debut at Stranraer show leading a junior heifer. He won a very well deserved second place out of the five handlers forward.
The society is keen to encourage youngsters and help teach them about showing and handling cattle. A few adult members are keen 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.
Young Handler Photos from 2013