Tuesday, July 4, 2017

WAF Youth Team Last Day in Scotland

Our last day in Scotland completely flew by yesterday. We started off by heading back to Netherton Angus where we competed in Showmanship heats. There were four classes that each ran approximately 45 minutes and followed a British model of Showmanship. The Canadian teams did exceptionally well with the most representatives from any country in the final. We are very proud of Michaela Chalmers for winning Reserve Champion Showman! Afterwards we took a small break before fitting both our heifers to present them to the adult delegates of the WAF. Each team explained on the mic what they liked about their heifers and how that influenced the way we clipped and fit our animals. The fitting results were announced with Team Canada Aspire placing 1st, Team Canada Courage placing 2nd and Katie Wright winning top overall individual. We let our heifers go and quickly got ready for the final banquet dinner. We couldn't  have been happier when awards were announced and presented to our fellow teams--1st New Zealand Toa, 2nd New Zealand Kaha, 3rd Team Canada Believe and Australia Red. Additionally our very own Travis Hunter won the top individual of the competition! We spent the rest of the evening enjoying great food, dancing and each other's company. It was bittersweet spending our last evening together and our 4:00 am bus ride to the airport came too soon, but after some tearful goodbyes we were all looking forward to coming home.
Truly the World Angus Forum Youth Competition has been the experience of a lifetime. None of us really knew what to expect when we first arrived but the trip exceeded all of our expectations. We are so thankful for the lovely hospitality Scotland and the WAF coordinators showed us over the past two weeks. So many great friendships were made with people around the world in addition to many incredible memories that will last a lifetime. We would like to thank the Canadian Angus Foundation and Belinda Wagner for making our trip possible as well as WAF organizers and our chaperone Gayle Bersey. The last two weeks were jam-packed with activities but we wouldn't have had it any other way!