A royal show grand re­sult

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

When Tayla Rose Hay­ward goes miss­ing her par­ents al­ways know where to find her – out on the farm with her calf May.

The pair have spent hours to­gether over the past three months, and last week­end they took home the top calf club prize at the Waikato Royal A&P Show.

As well as win­ning grand cham­pion calf, Tayla Rose won a first and a cham­pion in lead­ing and was sec­ond place in rear­ing.

‘‘I couldn’t be­lieve it,’’ the Mata- mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent said.

‘‘I was re­ally shocked. I went think­ing I prob­a­bly wouldn’t even win a rib­bon and came home with grand cham­pion.’’

Tayla Rose chose May when the calf was just a few hours old and said she stood out straight away.

‘‘She was re­ally calm and had ex­tremely big ears.’’

Af­ter win­ning one fourth place rib­bon at the Mata­mata A&P Show, Tayla Rose put a lot of work into prac­tis­ing with May. ‘‘I spent heaps of time with her. ‘‘When she’s in the pad­dock and we come down the race and call her name she comes sprint­ing.’’

The pair also com­peted in the Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate Calf Club Day and the Mata­mata Group Day and won 15 rib­bons and six tro­phies.

Tayla Rose has had a calf ev­ery year since she was five and this was her last year of calf club be­fore start­ing high school.

How­ever, she was plan­ning to take May to the Waikato Royal A&P Show again next year to com­pete as a year­ling.

‘‘ I like mak­ing friends with [calves] be­cause then they stay friendly for­ever,’’ she said.

Best mates: Tayla Rose Hay­ward with her Royal A&P Show Grand Cham­pion calf May.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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