Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | July 10, 2011

I’ll have that thanks!

Here are a couple more pics from the grand final of last week’s National Bank Young Farmer Contest in Masterton – taken during the prizegiving after 25-year-old Ahsburton dairy farmer Will Grayling, representing Aorangi Young Farmers) became the newest host of the Cloak of Knowledge.

These ones made me smile 🙂 (remember they’re grainy because I have shrunk their size for your internet-browsing pleasure…)

And here comes one of me.

After complaining last year about having to waltz around the practical day with a broken ankle (not only because I refused to wear a cast because that would mean missing out on the Grand Final, but because the brace I had to wear instead wouldn’t fit in my gumboots so I had to splatter my shins in Southland mud with my faithful Blunstones, much to the amusement of one Mr Farming Show Jamie Mackay….) this year I was prepared for my own little agricultural ironman… speeding from the sheep module to the dairy module to the fencing to the forestry to the cropping to the butchery to the engineering back to cropping, over to fencing, back to engineering…. just to get as many shots as I could of each contestant doing something worth photographing!

Again, please visit my flickr site to have a look at the results!

In this particular photo (and it’s the only one of me of the whole event – even in my fancy dress at the ball!) I had been amusing the PGG Wrightson guys all day with my antics of getting a 5foot3 frame over a wooden equestrian crosscountry fence.

I would hoof it up, swing my legs over  (!) and hop off the other side. I guess with seven contestants and several different facets of the cropping challenge I wanted to photograph where possible (note the dry matter sample, the sprating/chemical choice and the calibrating the seeder when you go to flickr and click the practical day photos) I would have conquered this fence at least 20 times.

On the other side of the camera for a change

No wonder my wine (a cheeky little Martinborough pinot noir) tasted good at The National Bank dinner that night 🙂


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