06 July 2012
Atrocious conditions at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern did not deter Herefordshire brothers Edward and Richard Jones from becoming national ATV handling champions. The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs competition, held during the National Sheep Association day at the showground was a hard fought battle between eight teams. The Jones’ brothers held their nerve during the testing series of challenges to take the trophy back to their club in Kington.
Chief Steward for the NFYFC, Alex Mackellar, said: “The standard was very high despite the weather and all the competitors remained cheerful and showed brilliant handling skills. I must thank Nomark Equip for making the competition happen by providing the bikes.”
As well as ATV handling the finalists had to deal with a first aid scenario, set up by Areley Medical Services. Dave Johns, the examiner, said: “The casualty that the teams had to treat re-enacted a typical quad bike accident, with head and leg injuries, as well as being unconscious. The standard was very good but the message to all the teams was ‘keep you first aid skills topped up’.”
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