No bull, he has win in the bag

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MOR­PHET

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.

Picture: Sam Rut­tyn

Alf the bull with han­dler Kim­ber­ley Byrnes.

Quinn the ta­tra shep­herd dog. Picture: Sam Rut­tyn

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