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Newton Rigg Student Named European Junior Champion

Staff and students at Newton Rigg College are celebrating after agriculture student Will Horsley was named as European Junior Champion at the Holstein Young Breeders Show held in Cremona, Italy.

Will, who is a first year student at Newton Rigg College, 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 team because of his commitment to the Holstein breed, and because of his involvement and successes with this local club, Border and Lakeland.

Will Horsley

Will Horsley

“Winning was a huge shock,” said Will. “I began showing when I was about ten years old, and I've won at local and national events but it was the first time at European level, and at such a big event.”

Will, who is 16, 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.

College Principal Wes Johnson said: “We are tremendously proud of Will. What a terrific achievement to be the best in Europe, and I am sure he will continue to add to his successes over the coming years.”

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 Will were Richard Armstrong of Great Salkeld, Penrith, Molly Westwood of Devon and Andrew Struthers from Scotland.

Newton Rigg College

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