National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

14 January 2014

YFC members David Boden and Jessie Bowling were on top of the world this week after getting engaged on a mountain peak during the 2014 YFC Ski Trip.

David, 28, who is a farmer from Suffolk proposed to his girlfriend Jessie, 25, at the top of Pic Blanc in Alpe D’Huez. David said:

“I didn’t think there could be a better place to propose. We both love skiing and 3330m high at the top of a mountain seemed like the perfect spot.”

The couple met six years ago though Halesworth YFC in Suffolk, and both have been active members of the Club. David added:

“The fact that we got engaged on the Young Farmers Ski Trip made it extra special, as without YFC we might never have met.” 

David and Jessie were among nearly 300 YFC members from across England and Wales who headed to Alpe D’Huez in France for the 2014 YFC Ski trip.

The week-long trip in the French Alps was run by travel company, Outgoing, as part of NFYFC’s re-vamped YFC Travel programme.   The week included a YFC Mountain Meal, followed by skiing down floodlit pistes, as well as a Young Farmers fancy dress day with a theme of ‘your best produce’.  

David said:

“This was the first YFC Ski trip we had been on and we had a great time. One of the highlights has to be seeing Jessie skiing down a black run in a penguin suit!”

Georgina Haigh from Wormleighton YFC was a YFC rep on the trip:

"The YFC Ski trip was a sell out and a great opportunity for young farmers to get together. There was a huge variation of abilities from all over the country. The mountain meal and dancing on top of the mountain in the Folie Douce cafe every afternoon were definitely highlights. Hopefully next year's YFC Ski trip will be just as successful and every bit as fun!"

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