Agriculture student Will Horsley was named European Junior Champion at the Holstein Young Breeders Show held in Cremona, Italy, last week.
Will, who is a first year student at Newton Rigg College near Penrith, was a member of the UK team competing at the prestigious event, but after taking the first place in the clipping and stock judging sections, and then second in showmanship, the championship was his.
He was selected for the team because of his commitment to the Holstein breed, and because of his involvement and successes with this local club, Border and Lakeland.
Will, 16, said: “Winning was a huge shock. I began showing when I was about 10, and I’ve won at local and national events but it was the first time at European level, and at such a big event.”
He is very much involved in the family farm at Catterlen near Penrith, where they milk 180 pedigree Holsteins. He is also a member of Skelton Young Farmers’ Club.
Meanwhile, it’s back to work for Will, both with his parents Duncan and Helen, and younger brother Thomas, and at college where the new state-of-the-art dairy nears completion.
UK team members with Willwere Richard Armstrong of Great Salkeld, Penrith, MollyWestwood of Devon and Andrew Struthers from Scotland.