Longhorn Society member 12 year old Jess Marshall is a passionate supporter of the Longhorn breed and is usually seen helping her grandfather Stephen Horrocks show his Gale Farm Longhorn cattle at shows local to them in Lancashire and also to prep and show cattle at auction sales such as Carlisle. She has been showing from a young age and has also been very successful in Young Handler competitions.
In 2020 the usual round of shows and events that Jess and Stephen would have been able to go to were all cancelled. Over the summer the Society organised an online show – members could take photos and videos of their cattle and these were uploaded to a dedicated website and were then judged by a Society panel judge. There were also Young Handler classes; videos were uploaded of each entry and these were also independently judged.
Jess decided that she didn’t want her family or her cattle to miss out on the whole show experience so she set up her own mini ‘show in a day’ on 1 August 2020. The whole family were involved and she produced a very professional catalogue and show guide for her carefully selected, invited audience. Everyone was very careful about bubbles and social distancing so no rules were broken.
On the day Jess was interviewed by Radio Lancashire and gave a 10 minute live interview explaining what she was doing for her show day and talking about agricultural terminology.
A ‘showground’ was prepared with tie rails and publicity banners and Jess and her siblings got their cattle ready for the show; they tied up, washed and groomed them ready for the judge and then
led the cattle round in each class, just as they would at any other event. The judge placed the cattle and awarded the prizes. There was also a Young Handlers class and a Grand Parade!
In the Society’s own online show Jess won the Young Handlers section and led the 1st prize and 5th prize Junior heifers.
We love Jess’ love and enthusiasm for the Longhorn breed which has been passed down to her by her grandfather and we’re sure she’ll be a real asset to the breed in the years to come!