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Cumbrian Young Farmers Win National ATV Challenge

Mark Wearmouth and Stuart Buckle from Pennine Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) won the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs’ (NFYFC’s) ATV (all terrain vehicle) Challenge at the Royal Show, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Mark Wearmouth and Stuart Buckle from Pennine Young Farmers’ Club

Mark and Stuart won the Massey Ferguson-sponsored event by scoring 86 points out of a possible 100 after completing a challenging course. Each team had to drive an ATV through a set course, negotiating various obstacles and terrain. In addition, one team member had to reverse through part of the course and the other had to complete a number of manoeuvres with a trailer attached.

The winning pair beat the second-placed Herefordshire team of Keith Payne and John Brewer from Welsh Newton YFC, Herefordshire by 11 points. In third place were Mathew Jerman and Richard Lloyd from Trefeglwys YFC, Montgomeryshire, who scored 56 points.

Competition sponsor Massey Ferguson supplied one of its MF400 AgTV Automatics for the competition. The company’s groundcare and utility vehicle manager for the UK and Ireland Colin Gregory said: “We’re really pleased to be working closely with young farmers and to have the opportunity to sponsor a competition that encourages young people to learn how to handle the vehicles safely while having fun at the same time.”

The ATV Challenge was one of nine NFYFC national competition finals hotly contested by members during the Royal Show. They ranged from the mentally challenging farm business development competition to the intricately detailed three-dimensional découpage greeting card competition. 

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is one of the largest youth organisations in the UK. It heads a nationwide body of 667 Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) located throughout England and Wales dedicated to supporting young people in agriculture and the countryside. Their memberships comprise 21,300 young people aged 10 to 26 and they provide a unique opportunity for their members to develop skills, work with the local community, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life. There are a further 1,100 associate members, many of whom are involved in the running of the clubs and NFYFC. For more information about NFYFC, visit

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