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Saturday afternoon was fun filled and action packed with an ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition.


judges awarded the overall prize to Southern Ireland’s Wizard of Oz team. After a tie for second West Midlands edged in front with their Minions. Best male was the Lion from the Wizard of Oz and best dressed female was the cat from South and Wiltshire’s Alice in Wonderland.


The highlight for the weekend as always was the Field to Foto competition which was held at Voyce Pullin’s Cirencester Market with calves supplied from local breeders and George Vets overseeing bio-security. With 20 A-teams and 11 B-teams the competition was strong and officials for the day were Steven Miller and Dawn Coryn who scrutinised competitors on clipping, show preparation and parade. Clippers were allowed 60 minutes for first clip and 20 minutes for top lines and final preparation. Each calf was assessed as they headed towards the ring for showmanship judging. Jane Arrell and Kathryn Hart judged


the washing and, as well as looking at the end results, also looked at the method and team work involved. Once all A team calves were ready and their clipping assessed they headed to the show ring where Iwan Thomas had stepped in at the last minute to put competitors through their paces. The final stage of the competition was the photography with leading cattle photographer Lucinda Morgan, assisted by Simon Gee judging the teams on their photography skills and how well they worked together.


The weekend was rounded


off with the prize giving where Society chairman Andrew Dutton joined John Stratton from Semex to present the prizes. For the first time in 10 years Lancashire secured a win in the overall A-team Field to Foto, the winning team included Anna Stable clipping with Sam Blease holding, Helen Eastham and Alison Hull washing and showman Jonny Woodhouse. Ireland’s Lindsay Fleming won


the A-team clipping, claiming the National Clipping title. Winning the washing in the A-team were Charlotte Cope and Megan Edwards from Shropshire. Standing top of the showmanship was Padraic Nicholas-Murphy from Southern Ireland, while Anna Dickinson led Lancashire’s team to the best photograph.


In the B-teams Shropshire took top spot with Andrew Patterson clipping and Chloe Braithwaite holding, Colm and Eoin O’Neill washing and Stephanie Whittaker showing.


Andrew Patterson won the B-team clipping for Shropshire, with Matt Park and Katie Evans from South and Wiltshire winning the washing. In the B-team showmanship Stephanie Whittaker took top spot. Will Wilson took the best B-team photograph for Border and Lakeland.


So many people contributed to the success of the weekend, firstly the judges who gave up their time to not only judge, but also to pass on tips and


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