The National Hereford Young Handler 2011 event took place at the National Ploughing Championships in Athy.
The six regional finalists competing were Henry Allen, Ballaghmore, Borris-in-Ossory, Laois representing South Leinster qualified at Pilltown Show, Colin Anderson, Corran, Derrylane, Cavan representing Cavan/Monaghan qualified at Virginia Show, Ross Bateman, Slieveroe, Riverstick, Cork representing West Cork qualified at Bantry Show, Susan Dudley, Kilsunny, Dovea, Tipperary representing Munster qualified at Nenagh Show, Ciaran Farrell, Trillick-a-Temple, Longford representing North Leinster qualified at Longford Show and Marie Mullooly, Lavally, Strokestown, Roscommon representing Connaught qualified at Strokestown Show.
All the animals shown by the contestants were selected by a draw from the young Bulls exhibited on the Hereford Stand at the N.P.C. Following preparation and grooming of their charges they paraded the animals before the judges.
Competition was keen and intense as the top prize a trip to Canada for the World Hereford Conference in July 2012 was the top prize. The trip includes a visit to the world famous Calgary Stampede which celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
The judges well know Angus breeder Leo McEnroe, Virginia and Ger Ryan, Manager of Dovea AI put the group through their paces with marks awarded for knowledge of the breed, enthusiasm for the breed, knowledge of the animal itself, nutritional requirements, presentation of the handler with a special emphasis on ability to handle the animal and present to its best advantage.
Following a thorough examination and due consideration by the judges in an extremely close result Ciaran Farrell of the Trillick herd, Trillick-a-Temple, Longford was announced as the overall winner. He will represent Irish Herefords at the WHC Junior Bonanza Cattle Show to be held at the Olds Agricultural Society facility just outside Calgary, Alberta.
Congratulations to all the participants in the final and to all who competed at regional level
Young Handler Competition (17 – 20 year old)
To encourage the involvement of young handlers in the breed this year Hereford Society is running a competition for young people aged 17-20 in 2011.
Contestants must be under 20 and over 17 on the 1st of January 2011 to be eligible to compete. There will be 6 regional winners (i.e. Cavan/Monaghan, Connaught, North Leinster, South Leinster, Munster and West Cork) going forward to a grand final, to be held at the National Ploughing Championships in September 2011.
The prize for the winner will be a trip to the World Hereford Conference in Canada in July 2012 as the Irish Junior Representative where he or she will be involved in showmanship events.
Contestants should be from the region in which the show is held. Animals exhibited should not be older than 18months. The Society will provide rosettes to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in each region.
Younger Juniors aged 12-17 will be catered for at our National Show in Tullamore. These competitions will in addition to the Society’s Facebook and Youtube presence generate more interest and involvement in the breed from a younger age.
National Hereford Show Young Handler Competition 12 – 17 age group
The Society's council is very appreciative of the generous presentation by the Twomey family of a Silver Perpetual Trophy (Award for Excellence) in memory of the late William J (Bill) Twomey.
This outstanding trophy will be awarded annually to the winner of the young handler class at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore each year. Entry to this class is free so as many young entrants as possible are encouraged to participate.
Tullamore Show 2011 National Hereford Show Young Handler
Nenagh Show Young Handler 2011
Twomey family make presentation to National Hereford Young Handler of the year
Barry Twomey presents an award to Ciaran Farrell as Society President, Coote Geelan makes a presentation to Robert Roycroft