Jorja achieves goal with calf win

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent Jorja Tay­lor has achieved her goal.

The 13-year-old, who has been in­volved in calf clubs since she was six, has dreamed of win­ning at the Waikato A&P Show.

At her last show be­fore she moves to col­lege, she did just that.

Over the years the Mata­mata teenager has only had calves.

Jorja says spend­ing time with her calf is the best part about be­ing in­volved in calf clubs.

She said they all have their own per­son­al­ity.

Jorja said her last Ngaio, had ‘‘a bit of tude’’.

Most years, Jorja en­ters her school’s calf club be­fore head­ing to the group day and then the Waikato A&P Show, which was held on Oc­to­ber 31 this year.

In the past, Jorja has also at­tended other A&P shows like Hau­raki and Te Aroha.

Jorja’s mum Jo­lene said the Waikato A&P Show was the main show to win.

Jorja de­cided to make it her goal to win cham­pion of cham­pi­ons by the time she fin­ished in­ter­me­di­ate.

Tak­ing the ti­tle at calf, atti-

this year’s show was recog­ni­tion for all the time and ef­fort her daugh­ter puts into her calves, Jo­lene said.

Jorja also won the cham­pion grand cham­pion at her school calf club this year.

On her way to tak­ing out the cham­pion of cham­pi­ons at the Waikato A&P Show, Jorja won cham­pion rear­ing.

Calves have to win in their ring be­fore they en­ter the cham­pion ring.

Jo­lene said it came down to a ‘‘two horse race’’.

Jorja was proud of Ngaio for help­ing ti­tle.

Calves have a long his­tory in the Tay­lor fam­ily, with Jorja’s great grand­fa­ther show­ing pedi­gree jer­seys.

Jorja’s grand­fa­ther, Dave Tay­lor, has been her num­ber one calf club sup­porter over the years.

‘‘He’s been there with her for ev­ery­thing, it’s their lit­tle thing,’’ Jo­lene said.

Over the years, Jorja’s calves have been bred on Dave’s farm, which cre­ates another spe­cial con­nec­tion.

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Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

WIN­NING CALF: Jorja Tay­lor, 13, with her friesian calf Ngaio, in her last calf club, won the Waikato A&P Show cham­pion of cham­pi­ons.

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