Downlands College agriculture teacher, Brooke Cuddihy, is the 2018 Rural Ambassador for the Darling Downs Sub-Chamber of Agricultural Shows.
Brooke, who represented the Bell Show, was sashed the winner of the Darling Downs Sub-Chamber at the Toowoomba Royal Show last Saturday.
She will now represent the Darling Downs at state level at the Brisbane Royal Show in August.
The Rural Ambassador award identifies people actively involved in their local show who have a sound knowledge of current rural issues affecting their local areas and have a strong affiliation with agriculture.
Brooke, who is aged 28 years, has taught agriculture at Downlands for the past three years.
She describes her win as “very exciting”.
“I am really look forward to this new adventure, and being a role model for both my students and agriculture,” Brooke said.
“There are five shows left on the Darling Downs circuit before the show season in this area wraps up, and I plan to be at them all.”
Brooke will also take her agriculture students to Beef 2018 at Rockhampton in May.
“My students will exhibit cattle of different breeds on behalf of stud breeders,” she said.
“We have also earmarked some conferences they will attend and will work closely with the Rockhampton Grammar School.”
Brooke grew up in Dalby, where her parents bred stock horses, while her grandparents had the Heatherlea Braford Stud at Dulacca.
“While growing up I realised how agriculture on the Darling Downs is so rich and diverse, and there are so many opportunities out there,” she said.
Darling Downs runner-up is Kaitlyn Ballom, representing the Cooyar Show.