Norfolk student in final of the young shepherd of the year

Ryan O'Sullivan - in national final of young shepherd competition

Ryan O'Sullivan - in national final of young shepherd competition - Credit: Submitted

A student from Norfolk finished third in the eastern region's young shepherd of the year at Melton Mowbray Market.

Ryan O'Sullivan is studying on a level two apprenticeship with Easton & Otley College. He was the youngest competitor involved and will now take part in the national final, which will be held at the Three Counties showground, Malvern, on July 30.

They had to undertake tasks including quad bike handling, belly crutching, foot trimming and answer questions during a written assignment. Ryan, who works for Richard Evans, based in West Harling, said: 'It was an intense experience but very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the mational event taking place later in the year.'

His tutor, Charlie Askew, said: 'The Easton campus of Easton and Otley College has a proud tradition of doing well in this competition.'

Norfolk's Jason Shorten, who did an EDGE apprenticeship programme, was overall runner-up and Lewis Furr won the Under 21 category. He was one of the first contenders in the Young Shepherds' Competition. The 20-year-old student at Easton College, who got his first qualification at Wisbech, found work experience with Jim Fletcher at Fendale Farm, Nordelph.