This year’s National Young Stars event, held at the Royal Three Counties Showground, Malvern, saw a team of Kerry Hill enthusiasts take part in the trimmed sheep section.
Young breeders, Chris Adamson, Henry Scott and Tolly Ridge took to the competition with great gusto with their pair of ewe lambs, kindly loaned to them by Kate Esler and Ed Simmons from their Kingswwater flock.
Prior to the event the team, entered under the name of Kerry Hill Young Breeders, worked together to secure sponsorship from numerous companies and organisations, as well as the Kerry Hill Flock Book Society and then competed in various competitions including stock judging, trimming and presentation, ringcraft, public speaking and marketing and presentation of a team promotional stand over the course of the two days.
Across those areas of competitions the team was judged by different judges with points allocated for each area of competition. On the afternoon of the second day, placings were announced and the Kerry Hill team came first in the trimmed section, with each of them receiving a set of Heiniger clippers.
Commenting on their win, Brian Davies who judged the trimming and ring craft section, alongside fellow judge Colin Phillips, said: “These three young men are a credit to their breed and impressed us with their work ethic, teamwork skills and dedication to the competition.”
Having also won the highest points for the marketing and presentation stand in the trimmed section, they won the overall best stand in the entire competition, across the beef, sheep, dairy and pig sections.
Gail Sprake of the RBST judged the promotional stand display section alongside her colleague and interim CEO Nicole Lander, as well as Lord Salisbury and said the Kerry Hill team was a clear stand out across the competition. “The level of work and detail they put in to the stand as well as their consistent brand image across all areas of their stand and animals was impressive and are to be congratulated. These three individuals are clearly very passionate about the breed and are a credit to the Kerry Hill Society.”