BUCKINGHAM Young Farmers’ Club are celebrating after being crowned 2011 champions at the Buckingham Country Show last weekend.
The show, at Preston Bissett, was also the annual rally and competitions day for the Bucks Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (Bucks YFC), with members of every club in the county competing in competitions.
These ranged from bale stacking, bath racing and tug of war to livestock handling, auctioneering and homecraft classes.
Buckingham YFC emerged victorious, 135 points above second-placed Princes Risborough YFC, while Winslow Countrysiders came top of the junior clubs.
Buckingham YFC chairman Ed Lovelock said: “Winning the rally is an incredible achievement and everybody connected with the club is thrilled. It’s been an extremely busy year, with the club also involved in organising the show, but all of our members should be very proud of their success and I want to say a massive ‘well done’ to all who took part.
“Thanks must also go to everyone who worked tirelessly to put on the show and to the Richardson family for allowing us to host it on their land, as well as their time, effort and dedication to putting on such a fantastic event.”
Enjoying glorious sunshine, the crowds packed round the main ring were kept entertained from start to finish.
The inter-hunt relay set the tempo, with their closely fought contests setting the adrenaline racing.
A number of rural skills were demonstrated, including sheep shearing, thatching and ‘From Field To Plate’, showing where various cuts of meat come from.
The dog agility, classic car show and agricultural machinery displays proved real hits with visitors – many of whom had travelled long distances.
Buckingham YFC meets every Wednesday evening, with an active social scene. The club caters for those aged between 10 and 26, and also gives members the opportunity to travel abroad, undertake training courses and develop their skills.
Call Ed Lovelock on 07789 427223 or visit www.buckinghamyfc.co.uk