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Young Handler of the Year Competition,

gain points in young handler classes at shows in our area to be in with a chance of being awarded the High Hedges Trophy

Points are awarded to handlers of Herefords (animal must have been entered into the Show's breed classes) in open young handler classes at eligible shows as follows; 1st - 6 points, 2nd - 4 points, 3rd - 2 points, 4th -1 point. Points count for the highest placed Herefords in the class and not overall position. Points are collated over the Show season with the winner receiving the High Hedges Trophy for the year and both the winner and reserve receiving a memento to keep. Winners must reside in the Midlands and East Anglia Area. If you wish to take part in this competition please ensure you send your results to Laura Vincent (Pulham Herefords) or through to Peter Moyes, who will forward them through to Laura Vincent for collation.

Encouraging and developing young breeders and members is very important to us, over the last decade we have:

  • held 7 Calf Shows with a major emphasis on young members; young handler classes held first, cash incentives to youngsters leading in breed classes, our breeders lending their calves to youngsters so they can take part.

  • nominating youngsters to judge at our area shows

  • held workshops covering show preparation, stock judging, cattle conformation, health schemes and show ring handling

  • the introduction of our young handler of the year competition, created and instigated by one of our prominent young members

  • sponsored teams of young members enabling them to take part in the Multi- Breed National Young Show Stars Competition 

  • entering "junior" teams into the National Stock Judging Competition

Some Young Members who have been involved in many of these activities are now: 

  • members of our Committee

  • breeding and showing their own cattle successfully at a regional and national level

  • judging cattle locally, nationally and internationally

Some of our young members have also been sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Society to attend​ World Hereford Conferences in Uruguay, Canada and New Zealand.

We are very proud of all these young Hereford enthusiasts and are looking forward to supporting the new generation of young members coming through.

Over the past few years "UK Hereford Youth" has really taken off, co-ordinated by Emma Smith, overseen by a Sub-Committee, who report to the Hereford Cattle Society Council. For more information go to the UK Hereford Youth Section of the Hereford Cattle Society website.

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