Eighteen-year-old Sam Parish from Mass Genetics, Dubbo, has been named the grand champion parader of the RAS/ASC beef cattle paraders state final today following a gruelling day of competition.
Over 130 participants took part in the F002 RAS/ASC section of the competition. They were aged 13 to 19 years, and were divided into 11 heats dependent on their age.
Mr Parish, who rose to the top of the final heat of the day, won the nail biting competiton and impressed Victorian overjudge, Sean Kallady, with his attention to detail and want to be out there and succeed.
"The champion is a person that has a very level eye, he can take control of anysituation and will do great things going forward," Mr Kallady said.
Taking on the champions from the school paraders and open paraders section with a stylish black Limousin heifer, Mr Parish couldn't be stopped on his way to the top, being named grand champion parader of the state final and receiving the Patrick Keast Memorial Perpetual Trophy.
Mr Parish is quickly becoming known for his domination of paraders competition in recent years.
Earlier this year he was named the intermediate champion parader at the 2019 Thomas Foods International Angus Youth Roundup. In 2018, in a similar feat he was the reserve champion intermediate parader at the same event. In 2016 he was the grand champion parader at the National All Breeds Junior Heifer Show, and that is only mentioning some of this young gentleman's achievements.
Such achievements extend into the judging ring, and behind the scenes, with Mr Parish showing he is gifted in all areas important to showing cattle.
Reserve to Mr Parish in the RAS/ASC beef cattle paraders final (F002) was Cooper Carter from Coopers Shorthorns, Tumut.
This was not the first time Mr Carter had been towards the top of the state in the beef cattle industry, winning or placing highly in his heat since beginning his endeavour to win overall champion. He was also the 2018 ASC beef cattle young judges state champion.
Other heat winners in the RAS/ASC F002 section were: Logan Evans, Hamish Maclure, Clare Amor, Casey Halliday, Kristy Walker, Beau White, Elly Charlton, Indiana Hilder, and Sophie Halliday.
It was a big day for 17-year-old Lauren Nest of Gosford High School who was named the champion school parader of the beef cattle section, following a first time venture into the ring at Sydney Royal.
Not only was it her first time at Sydney, it was her first big win showing cattle since she first joined the school's cattle show team in year 8.
Ms Nest said she has been to Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza at Scone and Castle Hill and Newcastle local shows, but this was her first time stepping into the ring and taking part in a competition of this calibre.
Judge Sean Kallady, Vic, said all three school paraders in the championship lineup all were doing things slightly differently but were doing a great job at showing their animals off to the best of their abilities while keeping calm.
"But there is one girl out here that is ticking all the boxes for me, and she is going to be a driving force going forward," Mr Kallady said.
And with that, Ms Nest was slapped the grand champion school parader for 2019.
Leading the school's heavyweight school steer, a Limousin from King Creek Limousins, Currabubula, Ms Nest overcame tough competition from Laura George from Oxley High School and Sacha Spence of Scots All Saints College, Bathurst.
Ms George was eventually named the reserve champion school parader.
On top of the open paraders class, with 15 competitors taking part, Sarah Sutton was crowned the champion with Alana Wade coming in as the reserve champion on the day.
Judge Sean Kallady from Victoria said Ms Sutton was a clear winner with her ability to get such a large bull around the bull and make it look near effortless.
"She did the job on a big bull. Big bulls can be hard, they are hard to get moving, they tire your shoulder, but she got the job done and rested at the appropriate times, never when I was looking," he said.
"She kept his head up and his momentum going."
In the eight and under 13 years section of the beef cattle paraders, two young gentleman shined with their ability to step into the ring and mean business.
Impressing judge Sean Kallady, Vic, was Angus Spry from Sprys Shorthorns, in class one and Harry Walsh from Ruby Park Limousins, Dubbo, in class two.
Other placegetters included:
- Class one: first place Angus Sry from Sprys Shorthorns, second place Campbell Walsh from Ruby Park Limousins, and third Thomas Devine.
- Class two: first place Harry Walsh from Ruby Park Limousins, second place Thomas Duddy from Killain Angus, and third place Ryan Knee from Mellowood Red Angus.