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Scotch at the Royal Adelaide Show

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7 September 2018

Scotch at the Royal Adelaide Show

Scotch at the Royal Adelaide Show

After a long time in hibernation the Scotch Show team was once again back at the Royal Adelaide show. After weeks of feeding and breaking in, the small team of two steers went down to the show grounds on Tuesday the 4 September with help from Tom Baker and David Hurst.

We started off really well considering being the first year back in decades, the steers settled in well overnight and setting up was really easy. Over the next two days we all were exposed to new situations and challenges. Wednesday was a very exciting day for the Scotch team with our Shorthorn steer (Bayview Norbit) making the O’Connor cup (a highly prestigious competition where the top three steers from each breed compete against the other breeds both on the hoof and on the hook, results are released on Sunday). Wednesday also included a very great placing in the paraders competition with Sophia Shand coming 5th and Eliza Mackereth only just missing out, we also took the crowd by storm in the grand parade with our ‘Scotch formation’, thanks to the great leading skills of Mathew Guerin and Imani Austin. The steer Judging onThursday went very well with the Shorthorn steer taking out 2nd in his class and the Black Angus – named ‘Newton’ (led by Kristen Nunan) 4th in his class.

Thanks are also in order for Lachie Hurst as he was a big part of helping prepare the steers for the show. I would also like to thank the Nunan and Thompson family for donating steers and the Hurst Family for feeding and breaking in the steers on their property. And of course, none of this would have been even been remotely possible without the drive and determination from Ms Klepper, some of her work has gone unnoticed but we are so thankful of all that she has made possible this year. Overall a very great start to a very big future!

For me staying on grounds is nothing new, I have been doing it for years now. It had its challenges, sleeping in a shed that is smaller than you, having the responsibility to get up at 2 in the morning to muck out then do it in another 3 hours’ time. But it also has its positives, you get to meet so many new people and night time is prime time to communicate with other people. But I think the best thing about staying on grounds is the whole new side to the show you see, I can relate it somewhat to boarding. As a boarder you see a whole new side to the school, it isn’t just a place where you go every day to learn it is a home, similarly the grounds during show time is a place where you stay and you see a new side that is more relaxed and not so pushy.

James Thompson
Year 10 Boarder (Yorke Peninsula)