HELMSLEY Young Farmers Club (YFC) sealed a convincing victory over other clubs within the district, to become the winners of the Annual Ryedale District YFC Rally 2022, ending a 13 year hiatus.

After a two year adjournment, the five clubs making up Ryedale YFC, each competed against one another on earlier this month. The members of Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Amotherby, Snainton and Rillington Clubs, congregated at a farm near Scagglethorpe, by kind permission of the Kilby family, to compete in a variety of competitions throughout the day.

A spokesperson for Helmsley YFC said: "From stock judging to floral art, cookery to tug of war; it was evident throughout the day that Helmsley members flourished in all categories. Power couple, Becki Teasdale and Jimbob Dunn stormed to victory in the log saw and trailer handling.

"Helmsley stalwart members; Neil Adams, Sam Myers and Jimbob Dunn, led the days’ stock judging with 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings, after judging four breeding ewes. Not to be over shadowed by the older members, Helmsley juniors showed real commitment to their club and determination by producing excellent “static” competition entries as well as participation on the day! There was special recognition to Isla John for her floral art arrangement and Ted Teasdale received a joint first place within the junior category for his total number of stock judging points.

"It was certainly a collective effort by Helmsley members, with a 1, 2 finish for their two teams in the obstacle race as well as the “boat” race – markedly Henry Wainwrights’ guzzling technique for a pint of thick custard, which left one Kirkbymoorside member, Robyn Wilkinson, stood in shock within the crowd.

"Thomas Webster and Katie Mitchell claimed top spot in the “pallet challenge”, two wooden pallets manually crafted into a table, with a time limit of an hour. For the fourth year in a row, Helmsley’s cookery cube display secured first position. Sam Myers took 1st place in auctioneering, with all money raised going to charity.

"The final points totals were Helmsley 491, Kirkbymoorside 383, Amotherby 223, Snainton 173 and Rillington 151. Overall, a huge well done to all those who took part and a special thanks to Ryedale District Chairman, Robert Beal and Secretary, Georgina Baker for organising the event and for your effort over the years. Both are stepping down from their roles at the upcoming AGM in June."

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