Youth teams representing Canada at the 2013 PGG Wrightson World Angus Forum in New Zealand have returned home with both champion and reserve champion titles.
The Canucks with team members Jared Hunter, Didsbury, Alta. (captain); Patrick Holland, Montague, Prince Edward Island; Melissa McRae, Brandon, Man.; and Michael Hargrave, Maxwell, Ont., brought home the world champion title along with NZ$10,000 prize money.
“I am so honoured to have been selected to represent Canada on this prestigious trip and winning it is truly unbelievable,” said Melissa McRae, winning team member in a release. “I want to thank all the sponsors, organizers and volunteers for making this my best trip ever! Also to congratulate all the other competitors for welcoming us Canadians and for all their hard work!”
The reserve champion world title was also awarded to a Canadian team, Team B- squarED, consisting of captain Erika Easton, Wawota, Sask.; Ty Dietrich, Forestburg, Alta.; Kaitlynn Bolduc, Stavely, Alta.; and Matthew Bates, Cameron, Ont. Bates was also announced the high individual for the entire contest, scoring highest in the most challenges as an individual.
The third team of outstanding youth representing Canada was The Eh Team and included Sean Enright, Renfrew, Ont., as captain; Stacey Domolewski, Taber, Alta.; Chad Lorenz, Markerville, Alta.; and Breanna Anderson, Swan River, Man. The Eh Team brought home honours for champion Team Presentation.
Team members travelled to Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, Oct. 9 for a five-section contest including general knowledge, parading (presentation, showmanship and sportsmanship with an Angus animal), stock judging, animal preparation (clip an animal for show) and agri-sports (hands-on team challenge involving day-to-day tasks).
The teams’ travel was sponsored by the Canadian Angus Foundation and the Canadian Angus Association.