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National Poll Show - Young Handlers Competition 2017

On the evening prior to the National Poll Show a highly competitive Young Handlers Competition took place, kindly sponsored once again by Henry Cole & Co Ltd.

The Judge this year was Ryan Coates, Newtoncroft Herefords, Leicestershire, who had the difficult task of selecting the best young handlers within three age categories.

In the Youngest Class (7–12 years of Age) it was 11 year old Finlay Soutter representing Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire who picked up the glassware and prize money, with Oliver Garnet-Smith, aged 12, from Classic Herefords, Swindon, Wiltshire in second place.

In the category 13-17 years of age it was Finlay’s older sister Isla who came out on top, with Marcus Murdock in second place.

Pictured, are from L to R, Samantha Rimke, Ryan Coates, Isla Soutter and Finlay Soutter.

Finally, in the Senior Class (18-21 years of age) it was overseas visitor, Canadian Junior Hereford Association President Samantha Rimke who took the honours from Iona Smith, Milovaig Herefords, Ayrshire in Reserve.
The Judge then chose Isla Soutter as his Overall Young Handler Champion and with it the Henry Cole Co. Ltd Silver Salver. This is just the latest award for Isla who has an outstanding track record of Young Handler Competitions.

Thanks must go to Emma Smith UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator for all her assistance in making this such an enjoyable and rewarding event. Thanks also to Henry Cole Co. Ltd for their continued support.