NSA North Sheep has appointed Heather Stoney as Assistant Organiser of its highly successful biennial event. She will work with the show’s main organiser, Julie Sedgewick who has developed it into one of the UK’s foremost sheep events. Heather, who lives in Pateley Bridge near Harrogate, is already a well known face in the industry and the 2013 event will benefit from her extensive experience in livestock showing.
Heather has sheep farming in her blood, she grew up on the family farm in Yorkshire breeding sheep and cattle and showing commercial beef cattle. After leaving school, she worked at the Craven Cattle Mart for eight years before becoming Promotions and Breed Development Officer for the LLeyn Sheep Association. In this role, which she still holds, she has been promoting what was once a relatively unknown breed to one that is increasingly popular with lowland and upland farmers.
Commenting on this new appointment, NSA North Sheep 2013 Organiser, Julie Sedgewick said:
I am delighted to welcome Heather Stoney to the NSA North Sheep team. Heather is passionate about breeding, showing and promoting sheep and has a really good understanding of the industry, its issues and how it operates.
NSA North Sheep 2013 will be held on 5th June at Crimple Head Farm near Harrogate and is a key date in its Northern region calendar. In her new part time role, Heather will be aiming to build on the success of the 2011 event in Northumberland adding to the 7000 visitors and 230 trade stands. Her main responsibilities will be assisting with the pre-show logistics and organising many of the show classes.
NSA North Sheep is keen to develop both the event and the industry by providing a platform for farmers to assess future challenges and opportunities. Julie and Heather are already at work organising the stock judging, lamb selections, NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award, the ever popular Ready Steady Cook competition, a new sheep shearing competition, demonstrations of rural crafts and a traditional farmers market and craft stalls.
We are both very much looking forward to NSA North Sheep 2013 and to welcoming visitors from all over the UK this summer. With two people working on the planning, we will be able to ensure the show is even better this year.
For further information on NSA North Sheep 2013 please contact event organiser, Julie Sedgewick on 01325 314650 or visit www.northsheep.org.uk