Tight win for a vic­tory

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

SEP­A­RAT­ING the two con­tenders for supreme cham­pion pa­rader at the Royal Mel­bourne Show dairy com­pe­ti­tion was “re­ally split­ting hairs”, ac­cord­ing to judge John Gar­diner.

In the end, the Hol­stein mas­ter breeder based his de­ci­sion on how the two young men de­cided to set up their heifers af­ter they were asked to move them slightly.

Mr Gar­diner said the se­nior cham­pion pa­rader Kieran Coburn worked from the an­i­mal’s hal­ter to get her rear legs set and her stand­ing ap­pro­pri­ately to be judged.

The ju­nior cham­pion pa­rader, Jett Easter­brook, first went to the back of his heifer to set her stance.

Ad­mit­ting it was a tough call, Mr Gar­diner se­lected the older of the com­peti­tors, 16-year-old Kieran.

“It looks more tidy to work from the front to set an an­i­mal up,” he said.

Kieran, who is from Warn­coort in western Vic­to­ria, said his de­ci­sion to go to the hal­ter first was “nat­u­ral” and some­thing he had al­ways done when lead­ing dairy an­i­mals.

“Pretty stoked” with his supreme pa­rader ti­tle, this was the first time Kieran had won a ma­jor han­dlers award.

He was at the show help­ing fam­ily friend Neville Wilkie from Bac­chus Marsh.

Kieran’s fam­ily op­er­ate Illawarra and Jer­sey studs Win­ganna and Linga.

Jett Easter­brook, 12, from Kyabram took out his sec­ond Mel­bourne Show ju­nior cham­pion pa­rader award last week.

His love of show­ing comes from strong fam­ily ties.

“It has pretty well been in my fam­ily, on my Mum and Dad’s side,” he said.

The fam­ily con­nec­tion was ev­i­dent in the ring last week too, with bis twin brother, Ash, sec­ond in the han­dler class 10 to 12 years of age.

With the judges eyes watch­ing care­fully last week, Jett said he con­cen­trated on his heifer’s topline.

Re­serve se­nior cham­pion pa­rader was Sarah Lloyd from Kyabram, while re­serve ju­nior pa­rader was Leah Dick­son from Terang.


HI CHAMP: Jett Easter­brook, wins ju­nior cham­pion han­dler at the Royal Mel­bourne Show.

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