Si­mon says it’s not about prizes

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH SHOW -

THE low num­ber of an­i­mals in the stud failed to dampen the enthusiasm of com­peti­tors.

Si­mon Kin­backer first com­peted as a young pa­rader at the show six years ago.

His ded­i­ca­tion to the cat­tle in­dus­try has paid off with the 15-year-old tak­ing out first place in the Young Pa­raders event.

“I never placed in my judges or pa­raders when I first started,” Si­mon said.

“I didn’t start plac­ing un­til two years ago.”

Si­mon said he started im­prov­ing when he worked on the ad­vice people gave him.

He specif­i­cally worked on how to hold his lead and show the beasts around.

“I got more con­fi­dent and picked up some tips from around the show,” he said.

Si­mon was not mo­ti­vated to en­ter the show for the ac­co­lades, but rather was driven by fam­ily pride.

He is the fourth gen­er­a­tion to grow up on his fam­ily’s cat­tle property.

“The whole thing is to show off our cat­tle – I don’t do it for the money or the rib­bons,” Si­mon said.

“I like to show off our stud and let people know about our qual­ity.”

Over­see­ing the stud cat­tle and com­pe­ti­tion was stew­ard Bryce Kenny, who has been part of the show for more than 30 years.

He said the num­bers were down with about 30 head this year com­pared to 60 last year and 90 head in the show’s hey­day.

Com­peti­tors from Eidsvold, Gympie and Mary­bor­ough made the trip to take part in the show.

“It’s been good com­pe­ti­tion, but we’ve been back a bit on num­bers, which re­duces each class and it’s been mainly be­cause of the dry weather,” he said.

“There have been quite some good an­i­mals here.”

Judge Matt Ah­ern agreed num­bers were down be­cause of the sea­son and thought clash with other shows might have also af­fected en­tries.

He still had his work cut out for him with judg­ing the small num­ber of high qual­ity an­i­mals.

Mr Ah­ern said he looked for struc­ture, beef pro­duc­ing qual­i­ties, tem­per­a­ment and adapt­abil­ity in the beasts.

“Judg­ing is a bit of a bal­anc­ing act, you’re look­ing for the per­fect an­i­mal that is above aver­age in all traits,” he said.

“You’re of­ten weigh­ing up one that is not as good in one trait but bet­ter in an­other.

“A lot of your more adapt­able an­i­mals haven’t got the car­cass qual­ity or the eat­ing qual­ity but they will live in the harsher en­vi­ron­ments.”

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

A RIB­BON EARNT: Si­mon Kin­backer took out the top prize in the Ju­nior Pa­raders event.

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