A VETERINARY student, physiotherapist and solicitor will be among this year's cohort of rural women to compete for The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl title in April at the Sydney Royal Show.
The three inspirational finalists were selected following judging at the Zone 6 final in Dubbo last weekend.
All up 21 local Showgirls attended the judging which included an interview and lunch at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and a gala dinner at Dubbo RSL Club.
The Showgirls were judged on, among other things, their community involvement, agricultural and rural knowledge, understanding of current affairs, and public speaking.
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Bathurst Showgirl Stephanie Ferguson is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, and hopes to be a veterinarian with a focus on livestock production and effective consultation with farmers.
Blayney Showgirl Sally Nicholls is a physiotherapist in Orange who is aiming to complete a Masters of Rehabilitation Physiotherapy so she can specialise in working with people with amputations, spinal cord injury, stoke and work-related injuries.
Cowra Showgirl Beatrice Patterson is a solicitor in Cowra who has her eye on becoming a dispute resolution practitioner enabling her to help rural people settle disputes. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Business Analytics) and Laws from the University of New England.
The Showgirl movement provided rural women with the opportunity to network and learn new skills while at the same time be an ambassador for rural Australia.
The other Zone 6 Showgirls were: Bedgerabong Showgirl Heather Earney; Bourke Showgirl Emily Bowden; Canowindra Showgirl Anna McNamara; Condobolin Showgirl Reba Nicholson; Coonamble Showgirl Molly; Dubbo Showgirl Tyla Comerford; Eugowra Showgirl Tara Jenkins; Forbes Showgirl Molly Fuge; Gilgandra Showgirl Lydia Scotti; Grenfell Showgirl Shannon Best; Orange Showgirl Annie Hazelton; Parkes Showgirl Rebeckah Auld; Peak Hill Showgirl Georgia Westcott; Murrumburrah-Harden Showgirl Katia Manton; Narromine Showgirl Annabelle Powell; Nyngan Showgirl Sophie Menzies; Young Showgirl Caitlin Bowman and Wellington Showgirl Meg Smith.
The judges were Agricultural Societies Council of NSW vice president Jill Chapman, 2018 Royal Agricultural Society Rural Achiever winner Tim Green and The Land's Karen Bailey.
The Zone 6 final was hosted by Dubbo Show Society.