Ward wins show stud title
COUNTRY girl Wendy Ward has done herself and her home town proud, winning overall young parader and junior stud judging at Gympie Show on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old from Gympie has been walking stud beef around the ring for five years since learning how at Gympie State High School.
And having won the state titles for junior prime judging (the highest award for juniors) and made it to the nationals for junior stud judging she thought it was time to take her junior handling to the next level.
Fresh from Rockhampton's Beef Week, where Wendy won second in the junior handling, she lined up with ShaAnn Rolling Thunder at Gympie.
Wendy has been parading and showing the Brahman bull since he was nine months old.
And how he has grown in the 11 months since then! Rolling Thunder now weighs in at 730kg.
The well presented specimen has a good temperament and thankfully does not mind being pampered, he was washed and dried before the competition and had his nails done. His tail was fluffed up and his feet sprayed to look black and shiny.
Wendy said she enjoyed all aspects of showing, handling and judging saying it was a "fun" competition.
Fellow Gympie State High student Ethan Carter won overall in the young paraders (boys section).
He was taught to lead by Wendy when she was a student at Gympie High.
Now both Wendy and Ethan will head to the sub-chambers competition at Woodford and if they win there they will go to the Ekka to contest the state junior paraders' title.
Wendy said she was happy with the wins.
"I'm over the moon and pretty excited," she said.
"I'm glad I got into it."
She reckons it's her natural ability and instinct with the cattle that helped her win.
The stud she works with, BTS Brahmans from Tuchekoi, have had a few wins.
Sha Ann Apache Gold won the grand champion bull and will contest the interbreed competition today while Pink Champagne won reserve champion heifer.
See the Stud Cattle interbreed competition at 9.30am in the Ramsey Arena, Stud cattle judging from 10am.