Mak­ing a mark

Shepparton News - Country News - - ELMORE FIELD DAYS 2018 -

A Nu­murkah hoof trim­mer has been awarded the run­ner-up prize at the Vic­to­rian Ru­ral Am­bas­sador Award.

Hay­den Wil­liamson, who is the owner of hoof trim­ming busi­ness, Hoof’n It, started his jour­ney as a Ru­ral Am­bas­sador at last year’s Nathalia Show.

‘‘I started at the Nathalia Show and be­come the am­bas­sador of Nathalia Show then I went to re­gion­als which was the Goul­burn Val­ley and Rive­rina re­gions and I was run­ner-up there and Emily Shields won that and we both went to the state fi­nal,’’ Mr Wil­liamson said.

‘‘At the state fi­nals there was seven of us and I was run­ner-up.’’

Mr Wil­liamson took home a $1500 cheque for his ef­forts, which he said he was shocked to have won.

‘‘It was a hard com­pe­ti­tion, a tough enough com­pe­ti­tion so any re­sult I was happy with.

‘‘I didn’t ex­pect it. I was very rapt. I was sit­ting on cloud nine for about 24 hours.’’

The seven com­peti­tors were judged on com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, show in­volve­ment, how they pre­sented them­selves, how they dressed, their knowl­edge of the in­dus­try and their speech.

Mr Wil­liamson ex­plained why he en­tered the Nathalia show.

‘‘I’ve al­ways shown cows and I wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent in the show. It was a way of rep­re­sent­ing my­self, learn­ing about my­self and grow­ing as a per­son.’’

Mr Wil­liamson said some of his prize money would go to Nathalia Show So­ci­ety.

James Kirk­patrick, from the Beau­fort Show and Mid­lands Group, was named this year’s Vic­to­rian Ru­ral Am­bas­sador.

Young achiev­ers . . . Vic­to­rian Ru­ral Am­bas­sador run­ner-up Hay­den Wil­liamson, last year’s na­tional win­ner So­phie Crooke-Lay and this year’s win­ner James Kirk­patrick.

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