Well, it might not be Olympic gold but my grandson Harry has made us all very proud by being awarded the British Saddleback Club “Young Person of the Year”.
To be selected to receive the Essex Pig Shield a young person must be judged to have made the most impact in promoting the Saddleback breed in the previous 12 months. Not only has Harry competed with his Saddleback pigs at numerous county and regional pig shows but he has also become a prominent member of the BPA Junior Pig Club.
Public speaking is part of the competitions the club runs and Harry chose to speak to all the public, surrounding the show ring, about Saddleback pigs.
The BPA Junior Pig Club is doing a fantastic job both educating young members and stimulating their interest in pig keeping. To further these aims they ran a competition to design 5 Christmas Cards to raise funds for this charitable club. Harry was the designer of one of the chosen designs “Happy Pigmas”.
These Christmas cards are professionally litho printed on substantial card and are available in packs of 5 cards and 5 100gsm envelopes for only £3.00 or two packs for £5.00.
Please support this very worthwhile educational charity by buying lots of piggy Christmas Cards.
They are available directly from the BPA:
Tel 01223 845100
Meanwhile Harry continues to help me on the farm with all the pigs. We have several new litters on the ground and more due in the next few weeks both from the Saddleback and Oxford Sandy and Black herds.
And what of Imogen my granddaughter, who was winner of the Essex Saddleback Pig Shield last year? She is quietly content after winning the BPA national 8 years and under championship.
Both children are actively involved in the pig keeping courses, often helping in the kitchen with coffee and tea making or giving pig handling demonstrations when time permits. It’s amazing how all these diverse activities surrounding pigs gives all the children in the BPA Junior Pig Club so much confidence in life.