ON SHOW: Stanthorpe State High School led the field at the Ekka.
ON SHOW: Stanthorpe State High School led the field at the Ekka. Contributed

Region has its very best on show at the 2013 Ekka...

STANTHORPE State High School Limousin Stud students were a hit in the cattle competitions at the Ekka last week. The highlight of the show was placing first and being awarded Champion Heavy Weight Carcass out of 102 steers.

This steer was a black Limousin bred by Peter and Pauline Grant from the Downfall Limousin Stud which have used Stanhigh Limousin Stud genetics in the past and the steer scored a total of 92 points out of 100.

Stanthorpe State High School also excelled in the Junior Judging competition with finals performances from Adam Williamson, Zac Cameron, Amy Henderson, Kahlia Williamson and Riley Boston.

The school also placed seventh in the herdsman and best maintained team, alongside Coonamble State High School placing eighth; they were the only two state schools to become ribbon winners out of the 40 other schools competing. Stanthorpe State High School students also participated amongst 400 in the paraders competition with two progressing through to the finals.

Kahila Williamson achieved a highly commended ribbon in the 13-14 years section, and her older brother Adam Williamson achieved a second place ribbon in the 15-16 years section.

Well done Adam on this great placing at the biggest show in the state.

"This is an incredible achievement and students were unlucky to miss out on a major ribbon," agriculture teacher, Nathan Hurtz said.

The Stanhigh bull Golden Wulf placed first in the 20-22 months age group which was highly contested with five other bulls from all around the country.

He won his class Stanhigh Golden Girl, a heifer in the 20 - 22 months class also won her class. She is also by the same sire - Longreach Contestabull - from the school's AI program.

These were both outstanding results considering Limousin were this year's Ekka feature breed pulling competitive cattle from all over the country.

Students kept working in the Limousin Stud shed later in the week and took out the Limousin Herdsperson awards in a clean sweep.

Montana McCorry was placed first, Zac Cameron was second and Amy Henderson placed third.

"The students have put in a significant amount of work over the past couple of months and have worked tirelessly to ensure the standard exhibited at the Ekka was first class and these students should be congratulated on their outstanding achievements," Nathan said.

Other winners:

  • Peter and Pauline Grant
  • Michael Quealy
  • Belinda Bradshaw
  • David and Prue Bondfield
  • Sutton's Juice Factory
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