National AGM weekend – 24th – 26th April 2015

The National AGM was held in Region 4 this year at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket.   The itinerary for the weekend included a fabulous trip to Darley Stud on Friday, an interesting trip to either Duxford or Ely and the Prickwill Museum on the Saturday. Both evenings had drinks receptions, evening meal and entertainment laid on.

Friday morning at the Gallops, was an awesome display of hundreds of race horses being put through their paces. Later, Dan Phipps showed us round the sheep enterprise at the Darley Study .

lambs by Texel and Charollais X Beltex rams out of North Country mule ewes

lambs by Texel and Charollais X Beltex rams out of North Country mule ewes

Charollais sired lambs ready for market out of Suffolk X mule ewes

Charollais sired lambs ready for market out of Suffolk X mule ewes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following a lunch laid on by the stud, guests were wowed by a show of the amazing stallions at the stud and then some of their progeny born in February this year

One of the stallions at Darley - "Sepoy"

One of the stallions at Darley – “Sepoy”

After a superb lunch, a continuation of the tour to the mares and foals

A continuation of the tour to the mares and foals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful display of mares and foals, with one just wanting to get away and show us how pretty she was ! …

.... and the one that got away

…. and the one that got away

A presentation of mares and foals at the Darley Stud

A presentation of mares and foals at the Darley Stud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing with the racing theme in the evening, Charles Sercombe and his team put together a night’s entertainment with a quiz, jockey colours design and a Derby

All nine teams modelling their jockey colours .... the winning design was "The Rainbow Warriers" (far left)

All nine teams modelling their jockey colours …. the winning design was “The Rainbow Warriers” (far left)

Carol Watson explaining "The Rainbow Warrier" team colour scheme

Carol Watson explaining “The Rainbow Warrier” team colour scheme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tactics discussed, all ready for the off ...

Tactics discussed, all ready for the off …

The winning team - Jamie Wild, Louise Brewer and Lenny Stamper

The winning team – Jamie Wild, Louise Brewer and Lenny Stamper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday was the goodbyes, raffle draw and trophy presentation.  Goodbye to Charles Marwood who has retired from the position of Chairman of the Finance & General Purpose Committee after 16 years in office and was awarded the Terry Robinson Trophy for contributing most to the promotion development and furtherment of the breed during the past years.  Also congratulations to Carroll Barber who was awarded the National Flock Competition Trophy.

Andrew Walton presenting Carroll Barber with the National Flock Competition winning trophy

Andrew Walton presenting Carroll Barber with the National Flock Competition winning trophy

A thank you and goodbye to Charles Marwood from David Mawhinney

A thank you and goodbye to Charles Marwood from David Mawhinney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raffle tickets were sold prior and during the weekend and items were put up for “silent auction”, which enabled a cheque for £500 to be presented to RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution). The winners are shown below: -

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