The team ventured to their first show of the season – a first for many of our new students and a first for all of our cattle – a steep learning curve for all.
The day started off very early, and loading in the dark – the steers were not quite sure, so loading was a little challenging, to say the least.
Once we arrived at the show, the students unloaded, washed, and prepared the steers for their classes.
Our steers once again dominated the classes due to the amazing support of our breeders and the hard work that goes into preparing them by our students.
To mention all of the ribbons winners would take a long time but our main achievements were S10 ‘Timmy ‘ prepared by Angus Ryan and Laura Moorhead winning the lightweight class and then going on to take out Grand Champion Steer – Timmy was bred by the College, so it was lovely to have a ‘home’ bred take the big prize.
Reserve Champion was won by S23 ‘Tiny’ after he won his heavyweight class– a phenomenal steer bred by Phil Kirk and prepared by Hannah Dunn.
We also had the winner of the middleweight class.
Paraders saw around 50 competitors, with our students performing extremely well. We had some exceptional results, with many students taking out first, second or third in their heats and qualifying for the finals. Philippa Webb, Hannah Gill, Hannah Dunn, Teagan Chapman, Lily Moore, and Marcus Wythe all won their heats. In the 12 – under 15 class, Eliza Shearman won her heat and then went on to take out the Champion Intermediate parader! Congratulations Eliza!
A huge thank you must go to all of the students for their amazing teamwork and support of one another. They work very hard, and their hard work has paid off – they prepared and paraded their animals with professionalism.
We must also thank Bruce Inwood for his behind-the-scenes work – he truly makes a difference!
We are three weeks away from Sydney Royal Show and are looking forward to it.
Mrs Libby Dawes, Director of Agricultural Studies and Equestrian