Prue is na­tional parade champ

Central and North Burnett Times - - ESCAPEWITH US TODAY... - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

FOR­MER Monto girl Prue Jensen may only be 17 but has abil­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence be­yond her years.

She has been a suc­cess­ful com­peti­tor in the show ring for a num­ber of years, in the ju­nior judg­ing and parad­ing com­pe­ti­tions and re­cently added an­other win to her achieve­ments.

Prue was named the 2012 Aus­tralian Re­serve Cham­pion Pa­rader at the na­tional fi­nals held at the Perth Royal Show.

Prue rep­re­sented Queens­land with pride af­ter win­ning the State ti­tle at the Bris­bane Ex­hi­bi­tion in 2011, which earned her this priv­i­lege.

Na­tional fi­nal­ists rep­re­sent­ing each state con­tested a bal­lot for their show beasts and had one hour to pre­pare them for compe- tition.

Apart from her award in Perth, Prue said the high­light of the event was net­work­ing with other young peo­ple from ru­ral Aus­tralia.

“It was re­ally good meet­ing peo­ple of a sim­i­lar age and hear­ing how they cope with their sit­u­a­tions,” she said.

Prue started her ju­nior judg­ing and parad­ing path­way af­ter fol­low­ing her three older broth­ers around the lo­cal shows.

Her first ma­jor win was the un­der 15 years class for beef cat­tle ju­nior judg­ing at the Bris­bane Ex­hi­bi­tion at the ten­der age of 11.

At a young age, Prue has some sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments to her credit which in­clude:

◗ 2009: Win­ner Beef ’09 (14-16 years) Beef Cat­tle Ju­nior Judg­ing (154 com­peti­tors);

◗ 2010: State Cham­pion Prime Cat­tle Ju­nior Judge;

◗ 2011: Cham­pion Beef Cat­tle Pa­rader, Bris­bane Ex­hi­bi­tion;

◗ State Cham­pion Beef Cat­tle Pa­rader;

◗ 2012: Cham­pion Beef Cat­tle Pa­rader, Santa Gertrudis Na­tional Ju­nior Show and School; and

◗ Cham­pion Herdsperson’s Award, Santa Gertrudis Na­tional Ju­nior Show and School.

Prue has sim­ple ad­vice for other young peo­ple in ru­ral Aus­tralia.

“Just keep sup­port­ing your lo­cal community,” she said.

Prue lives at Bowenville. And she works for the Camm Agri­cul­tural Group as an ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant at the Wonga Plains Feed­lot.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

TOP PA­RADER: Prue Jensen rep­re­sented Queens­land in the na­tional ti­tles at this year’s Royal Perth Show and won Aus­tralian Re­serve Cham­pion Pa­rader.

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