Young leaders on parade

Ekka 2019: Results from young paraders competitions


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RNA competition overall winner Charlotte Cooper with Suncorp's Angela Hutchinson.

RNA competition overall winner Charlotte Cooper with Suncorp's Angela Hutchinson.

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The competition gave the crowd a sneak peak at the future leaders of Australia's beef industry.

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More than just cattle were on display during the junior paraders competitions at the Royal Queensland Show on Saturday.

The competitions also gave the crowd a sneak peak at the future leaders of Australia's beef industry, Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies judge John Mercer said.

"These are the best of the best at the show here today - our industry's young leaders," he said.

Junior parading competitions for both QCAS and the Royal National Agricultural Association of Queensland were held in the Ekka main arena on Saturday morning.

The overall winner of the RNA competition was Charlotte Cooper from Willowbank, who also triumphed in the 14 to 15-year-old section.

RNA judge Julie Sheehan said parading was about being able to show the judges the best things about your animal.

"There are some very capable and competitive young people coming through the ring these days," she said.

"My thing is choosing the person who I would trust to parade one of my animals."

RNA under 13s winner Darby Humphreys from Mummulgum, NSW.

RNA under 13s winner Darby Humphreys from Mummulgum, NSW.

Young paraders should look to sell the judges on the positive traits displayed by their cattle, Ms Sheehan added.

"I want to know what is good about the animal. Tell me she's deep and has tremendous length. Give me some detail about your heifer or bull and know your animal."

The QCAS paraders competition was won by Maya Threlfall from Tully.

"I'm speechless," her mother Anne Threlfall said.

"I can't even speak. I'm so proud of her. Six of us have come up here to watch her compete. We only found out she'd be coming 10 days ago."

QCAS competition winner Maya Threlfall with Blake Munro from Elders.

QCAS competition winner Maya Threlfall with Blake Munro from Elders.

QCAS judge John Mercer said it was an incredibly difficult task picking a winner.

"Your sole job out there when you are parading is to promote your animal," he said.

"What I was looking for this morning was that connection - the perfect ease when parading the animal.

"That's why this young lady is up as the champion.

"There was a lovely connection with the animal and she made it look easy.

"This young lady from Tully did a wonderful job with her Brahman heifer."

The under 13 section of the RNA competition was taken out by Darby Humphreys from Mummulgum, NSW.

Chloe Kemph from Toowoomba won the 16 to 17 years section, while Lawrence Sehmish-Lahey from Goondiwindi won the 18 to 24 years section.

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