No bull, he has win in the bag
YOU have to be brilliant to win best-of-breed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show but, in some cases, you just have to turn up.
In the cattle competition, where a champion ribbon can net farmers record sale prices, the agriculture students from Braidwood Central School have the belgian blue bull contest sewn up.
Their bulky bull, affectionately called Alf by the school’s show team, was also at the Royal Canberra Show last month, where to no one’s surprise he took the prize in a field of one.
Year 12 student Kimberley Byrnes will lead Alf into the ring and expects judges will rubber-stamp his bid for best in class.
“He’s twice the size of me but for the most part he’s a giant puppy dog,” Kimberley said. “Out of all the bulls on the show team, he’s the one I’ve had a personal connection with so I’m proud to show him.”
Likewise, four-year-old Quinn is pretty much a certainty to take home a “best of breed” ribbon given he’s the only polish tatra sheepdog — like a large, fluffy white labrador — on the Australian circuit.
Quinn actually lost at the Royal Canberra Show last month after it rained the night before and messed up his coat.
“I had to give Quinn a bath because he got dirty in the rain and the judge said: ‘Madam, you know what’s wrong, his coat is too soft’,” trainer Vicky Ross said. THE SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW WILL BE HELD AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK FROM MARCH 23 TO APRIL 3 THIS YEAR. FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION GO TO: WWW. EASTER SHOW. COM. AU.
Alf the bull with handler Kimberley Byrnes.
Quinn the tatra shepherd dog. Picture: Sam Ruttyn