The jewel of Ruby Ridge

NewsMail - Wide Bay Rural Weekly - - CITY MEETS COUNTRY - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

THEIR daugh­ters’ love of cat­tle prompted Kin­garoy’s Plowman fam­ily to start their own stud. Now in their fourth year of breed­ing un­der Ruby Ridge An­gus, the four fam­ily mem­bers have seen the fruits of their labour, as they won an­gus ju­nior cham­pion heifer at the Ekka.

Karen Plowman said she be­lieved Macken­zie’s fem­i­nin­ity, and ma­tu­rity for her age helped them se­cure the rib­bon.

“This is the first time we have won a cham­pion rib­bon,” she said.

“It’s our se­cond Ekka with our own cat­tle.”

Karen, be­ing a dairy farmer’s daugh­ter, has never missed a Bris­bane show. Her daugh­ters Chloe and Ge­orgie Plowman be­came in­volved in parad­ing through cat­tle camps and their fam­ily mem­bers.

Four­teen-year-old Chloe was the han­dler for Ruby Ridge Macken­zie, who picked up first prize in her heifer un­der 18 months to 20 months divi­sion then went on to be named ju­nior cham­pion heifer.

Chloe ad­mit­ted she some­times felt ner­vous in the show ring, feel­ing the pres­sure of rep­re­sent­ing her fam­ily’s name and stud.

“I only get ner­vous be­cause I just want it to be per­fect,” she said.

Younger sib­ling Ge­orgie, 12, was also show­ing cat­tle and the pair com­peted well in the ju­nior han­dler events held on the first few days of the Ekka.

This year the fam­ily only showed two head, but that didn’t mean they had a cruisy few days.

“We are up at 4.30am, there can be a bit of lull in the mid­dle of the day, but then there are some late nights. So early starts and late nights mean you end up feel­ing tired from a lit­tle lack of sleep,” Karen said.

PHO­TOS: AN­DREA DAVY

TOP EF­FORT: Han­dler Chloe Plowman lead­ing Ruby Ridge Macken­zie, a heifer that was named ju­nior an­gus cham­pion.

Stephen Hay­ward with K5X Wil­coola M48, the win­ner of an­gus heifer five months and un­der 12 months.

Grand cham­pion an­gus cow Bowen­fels Jedda with han­dler Chloe Gould and Glen Per­rett.

Meandarra’s Dar­ren He­garty with his grand cham­pion an­gus bull Carabar Dock­lands and han­dler Glen Wal­dron with award pre­sen­ter Greg Webster from Sarum An­gus in Toowoomba.

Mother daugh­ter duo Karen and Chloe Plowman with their stud’s first Ekka cham­pion.

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