Lowlines on parade at Canterbury A&P Show, NZNovember 23, 2016
The 2016 Canterbury A&P Show took place over three days from 9th to 11th November. Lowlines were among the 214 individual animals entered across 15 breeds. In the All Breed judging on the final day, Lowlines were called into the front line in three classes which was a great achievement.
Riley Clancy, from Queensland (photo on the left), leads the Reserve Champion Senior Female, Woolstone Park Vanilla, in the cattle parade at Canterbury Show. She is following the Senior Champion Female, Woolstone Park Genoa, led by Meggie Riethmuller, also from Queensland.
Caitlin Rhodes is leading the calf, Woolstone Park Bombazine aka The Bomb.
Riley won her trip to Christchurch in New Zealand for the show in a stock judging competition at Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, under the sponsorship of the South Queensland Lowline Promotion group. She is the tenth young Queenslander to have made the trip under the scheme, and to have been hosted by Woolstone Park Lowline Stud for the show week.
Meggie Riethmuller also won the trip, in 2011. She has returned twice since to help Woolstone Park fit their team and mentor the young school handlers.
Through ag teacher Jacqui Schiller, Pittsworth High School in Queensland and Woolstone Park Stud have built up an exchange which has also seen four young Kiwis spend time showing with the Pittsworth High School show team at Australian events. The latest is Georgia Rhodes, 17, who will join the Pittsworth crew at the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane next August 2017.
The South Queensland Lowline Promotion Group is the principal sponsor of her trip, helped by New Zealand’s South Island Lowline Promotion group and Woolstone Park stud.