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Somerset Young Farmers Rally at West Quantoxhead

May 2023

Many members of our staff who can usually be found working at the Saturday market at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, spent the 13th May at Somerset Young Farmers Rally down at West Quantoxhead.

Somerset Young Farmers Rally consists of stock-judging, handicrafts, livestock showing, tug of war, competitions and main events, where each club in the county compete to win the annual event.

Our own Ryan Doble, Graduate Surveyor in our Honiton Office was lucky enough to be a judge during the day and had the following to say:

“My first experience of the Somerset YFC Rally was a very positive one. I was privileged to be asked to fill the judge’s shoes for the Mock Auction and Farm Valuation classes at Rydon Farm and can say that the entries did not disappoint. 

The Farm Valuation and Mock Auction classes were held simultaneously, with the competitors asked to value a selection of items as they were presented on the day and return their valuations to myself. Others were involved in ‘selling’ different farm machinery to their peers. I’m sure there would have been some very happy vendors if the items were truly sold!

On the whole, those who were brave enough to give the Mock Auction a go on behalf of their respective clubs, did incredibly well because it is not easy to stand up in front of a crowd of people and try to value something and keep the attention of the crowd. The Farm Valuation class enabled competitors to gauge a feel for the potential value of selected items by seeing how much they would pay for a few things. I’m sure there were some present who are already keen buyers so found this easier than others; I hope they found it a useful exercise nonetheless. 

Overall, the rally was well attended and supported by members with many trying their hand at different events and being pleasantly surprised at how they did. A good day was had by all.”

It appears we have a couple of up-and-coming bidding auctioneers amongst the young farmers and hopefully we will see some in the future here at GTH.

With 14 members of staff taking part in the rally, we would like to congratulate them all, with special mention to our Polden Hills members for winning the overall cup for a consecutive year and winning the men’s, women’s and junior tug of war. Individual accomplishments came from Hannah Payne winning the Colin Pople Challenge Cup Champion Homebred, Megan Hatch, the Highest Scoring Junior Stockjudging Individual and Verity Adams, the Overall Highest Scoring Stockjudging Individual.

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Verity Adams (Marketing) – Polden Hills
Archie Attwell (Calves) – Polden Hills
Robin Attwell (Stirks) – Polden Hills
Will Attwell (Stores) – Polden Hills
Kate Bell (Calves) – Polden Hills 
Ellena Criddle (Sheep/Stirks) - Bridgwater
Megan Hatch (Stores) – Wedmore
Will Hooper (Stirks) – Polden Hills
Andrew Kidner (Stores) – Polden Hills
Hannah Payne (Calves) – Wedmore
Milly Ponsillo (Stirks) – Polden Hills
Freya Smith (Sheep) – Ilminster
Grace Whitcombe (Sheep) – Polden Hills
Isaac Whitcombe (Stirks) – Polden Hills

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