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A local young learner with passion, perseverance and confidence participated as the youngest participant at a youth show in the Southern Cape and walked away as the overall winner.
The little Jo-Ané Geldenhuys with the big Charolais bull wich is the talk of the town.
The bond of trust between the five-year-old and her 1 050 kg animal was incredible. Something more special than her ability to care for the giant bulb at such a young age and deal with visible love is the broad smile on her red face - a precious pleasure and happiness that no money can buy in the world .
Jo-Ané kicked dust in the eyes of her many opponents with her participation in the youth show held in Heidelberg on Friday 8 February. A youth show is a sport where contestants show as young as five years with animals and showcase their ties with the animal and handling skills.
Participants must earn points in various sections at the show points and those who earn the most points will be named the winner.
Someone as old as Jo-Ané can only handle and control the animal in the show. She won first place with the excellent performance of her grandfather's Charolais bull, Falcon, who turned two a year before the youth show (February 7). According to Jo-Ané's proud mother, Yolandie, her daughter has an incredible love for animals, largely because she grew up in animals on her grandparents, Thys and Elaine Benson's farm in Riversdale.
The toddler's grandmother and grandfather are the only registered Charolais breeders in the Western Cape and she apparently shares in their passion to show up with these animals. with a teacher of learners participating with his cattle to youth shows, jokingly asked about Jo-Ané's participation as she has the love and passion and is present at almost all the shows.
Jo-Ané has decided there and then that is what she wants to do. Her first show was at Die Groot Plaasproe at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch last year. Here she was also the youngest participant and she also won first place. "We are all incredibly proud and grateful for the privilege," says Yolandie. "There are few such opportunities for children who do not live on farms." She believes that being particularly excited about the performance is her age and her passion, but also the heights she has achieved with limited exercise time, as they live in Strand .