WPCS Member honoured as Agricultural Student of the Year 2015
Joe Parry with Eyarth Stud’s mare Eyarth Titania (by Carwed Charmer ex. Eyarth Zsa Zsa) at the Royal Welsh Show 2014, which won the Section B Barren Mare class and was Reserve Female Champion. Credit: Theo Ten Brinke.
Joe Parry with his award
Joe Parry, of the Eyarth Stud in Denbighshire, was named as Agricultural Student of the Year at the recent British Farming Awards.
Joe, 23, a life member of The Welsh Pony and Cob Society (WPCS) since childhood, was awarded first-class honours in BSc (Hons) Agriculture degree from Harper Adams University in September.
Of Joe, British Farming Awards judges said “It is overwhelmingly clear everything Joe has done is in aid of helping his parents and preparing himself to take over the mixed family farm in North Wales.
“Joe has embraced academia, university life and his family farm business. He is a true ambassador in every sense of the word and has admirable clarity where he is going with his career.”
Joe, however, still sounded in a state of shock after the wards, saying, “It feels overwhelming… I didn’t expect it at all; I didn’t even expect to be nominated to be honest. To win is just unbelievable.”
He went on to say that to win such an award was both an honour and a privilege. He thanked Harper Adams University for nominating him and for the numerous opportunities the institution has provided.
“I would also like to give a very special thanks to our great friends, Tom Best and David Blair of the Waxwing Stud for recommending and putting me in touch with the Wedderlie Stud in the Scottish Borders.
“My work placement year, spent at Wedderlie, working for John and Marion Tilson was honestly the best year of my life. I will forever be indebted to them, having taught me about the running of an efficient and profitable farm business.”
Joe said that it was solely due to contacts and friendships within the WPCS that he found Wedderlie.
He also made quite an interesting discovery during his time at Wedderlie.
“Whilst in Scotland, we discovered that Marion's mother, the late Mrs Jenny Campbell, was made an honorary member of our Clwyd Welsh Pony and Cob Association.
“Unaware to us, Mrs Campbell actually visited the Eyarth Stud in 1987 as part of a coach party of WPCS enthusiasts. It is such a small world.”
Joe gave his final thanks to his parents, Selwyn and Jessie Parry, for all that they have done for him over the years.
“None of this would have been possible without them,” he said.
The Welsh Pony and Cob Society offers its warmest congratulations to a very competent young man, who is a credit to the Society, and an integral part of its – and British farming’s – future.