Competitions success: meet Shropshire YFC’s Senior Member of the Year finalist!

Our very own Lucy Bright from Clun Valley YFC in Shropshire is one of the seven members who will be competing in the finals of the Senior Member of the Year Competition on Saturday in Blackpool.

After tough competition Lucy came first in both the Shropshire round and West Midland Area rounds. This means she is now off to the big stage in Blackpool to compete in this esteemed competition. She will now go forward to take part in private interviews with a panel of judges as well as stage interviews during the Performing Arts finals. The winner will be declared on Sunday during the Annual General Meeting.

Find out below what Lucy loves about YFC and why she feels she should be successful in this competition.

Name: Lucy Bright
Age: 25
Club: Clun Valley, Shropshire

What I love about YFC:
Everything! Young Farmers is a truly incredible and unique organisation that has not only given me friends for life but also essential skills and opportunities. From ballroom dancing and public speaking to carol singing for charity, there is no doubt that these experiences have shaped me as a person and given me the confidence and determination to achieve my goals.  In addition, I love that Young Farmers is run by the members, for the members, who share one thing in common: ‘a love for agriculture and rural life’. This is the perfect recipe for a group of young people that are creative, encouraging, excellent team players and most importantly fun! I have memories in Young Farmers that will last a lifetime and for that I am sincerely grateful.

Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:
It was not until writing my synopsis for this competition that I realised how much I had achieved in Young Farmers and I truly believe I have made the most of the opportunities that Young Farmers has to offer. Having been a member since the age of 14, I have certainly put endless nights, time and effort into Young Farmers, especially with competitions and organising functions, but what I have gained from the experience has been invaluable. This is why I now feel extremely passionate about being an ambassador for my federation. I hope that by nurturing and supporting younger members to achieve their potential and really show them what can be accomplished with dedication, hard work and motivation, I can encourage more young people into the YFC movement. I feel honoured to have made it to the final of this prestigious competition; winning would simply be more than I could have dreamed of.

Best of luck Lucy, we will all be there cheering you on! For anyone wanting to come along and support Lucy the competition will be taking place at The Opera House in Blackpool, curtains up at 2pm.

Stock Judging, Stockman of the year and Shearing Competition

Kindly sponsored by Berrys

On Sunday it was another busy day for the Competitions Committee with a slightly more traditional competition. The day started off with Shropshire Show Stockjudging which warmed the competitors up for the much-anticipated Stockman of the Year!

Competitors headed to south Shropshire where the rain just about held off all day. A sea of white coats flooded the yard at 12.30pm for our 2018 Stockman of the Year competition. It was great to see some new faces competing in both the senior and junior categories. This year the competition was very competitive with only a few points separating those at the top of the scoreboard. The competitors had to complete a questionnaire and judge four categories which were Dairy, Ewes, Lambs and Beef cattle. Thanks to the judges for their thorough adjudication and valuable feedback that the provided the competitors. Results for both categories of the competition can be found below.

Senior Stockman of the year

1st Fred Allen – Cleobury Mortimer YFC

2nd Chris Potter – Dorrington YFC

3rd Robyn Hardman – Nesscliffe YFC

4th Gareth Ellis – Whittington and Oswestry YFC

5th Sam Jones – Wem YFC

6th Rachel Lokier – Wem YFC

Junior Stockman of the Year:

1st Reece Howells – Brown Clee YFC

2nd Hannah Morgan – Wem YFC

3rd Zac Jones – Wem YFC

4th Kate Ireland – Dorrington YFC

5th Izzie Davies – Dorrington YFC

6th Becky Davies – Dorrington YFC

Best of luck to Fred Allen, Chris Potter, Reece Howells and Hannah Morgan who are off to West Midland Area to represent Shropshire YFC.

In the afternoon following our Stockman of the Year competition we had the Shearing competition. This year the Shearing features as a national competition. A huge thank you to Les Andrews who came along to judge this very competitive competition.

Mens Shearing:

1st Chris Potter – Dorrington YFC

2nd Robyn Hardman – Nesscliffe YFC

3rd Will Dale – Rushbury and Cardington YFC

4th Richard Bailey – Nesscliffe YFC

Ladies Shearing:

1st Vikki Powell – Brown Clee YFC

2nd Beth Rogers – Ludlow YFC

3rd Rachel Lokier – Wem YFC

A special thank you must also go to Mr and Mrs Potter for hosting the competition for us all day at Oak Tree Farm and also to Mr and Mrs Higgins who hosted us for the dairy stock judging.

The week before AGM…

This week is busy…

  • Monday (Tonight): Shawbury Quiz Night please support these guys on there quest to raise money for their tractor run to Blackpool.
  • Tuesday: Alberbury are hosting a food social at the Smoke Stop, get in touch for more info
  • Wednesday: YMF Jump Rope social (May have to be postponed due to nos.) and Nessclife POTM!
  • Thursday: Competitions meeting, 8pm @ Livestock Market. COME AN COLLECT CLUB AGM TOPS FOR BLACKPOOL.
  • Friday: Shropshire Show social supper, get in touch with Pedge or Katie if your keen.
  • Saturday: FIELD TO FORK FESTIVAL. SFYFC promoting yfc to the masses, if you can lend a hand let me know. Also Rea Valley YFC are hosting a hypnosis evening.
  • Sunday: Shearing, stockjudging and stockman of the year comp.

4th Chairmans Challenge

Well done to Rushbury and Cardington YFC and Much Wenlock YFC for hosting the 4th Chairman’s Charity Challenge.

They organised a 12 mile charity walk around the Shropshire hills to raise money for Lingen Davies and Shropshire Riding for the Disabled.

Everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you to all who organised and helped steward this wonderful event.

(The tea and cake stops were amazing!!)

Exec week and Sponsored walk

Well after such a hectic weekend we move on to another week! Well done to everyone who was involved in comps on sat and sun and a huge congratulations to Lucy Bright from Clun who won the WMA senior member of the year.

This Thursday we have an EXEC meeting 7.30pm @ the Livestock Market

– We will be having a vote on the proposed NFYFC levy increase so it is vital clubs come along to have their say before we take Shropshire’s vote forward to the NFYFC AGM.

– Grants will be discussed and the SFYFC grant will be awarded to successful applicants.

– We will also be announcing an EXCITING COMPETITION for clubs with a BIG PRIZE!!!