Tenterfield celebrates local show despite COVID forcing it to a one-day event | Ralph-Lauren

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It has been a tough 12 months for the agricultural show movement across the country with COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of many events.

But Tenterfield in northern New South Wales can still boast its local show has not been cancelled in more than 100 years, when the showground served as a Spanish flu quarantine camp in 1919.

It was one of the last communities to host a show in 2020 and one of the first to stage a COVID-19 safe event on the weekend for its 144th.

Newly crowned showgirl Josie McIntyre, a 23-year-old speech pathologist, congratulated the Tenterfield Show Society for the “hard slog” it had put in.

“I think it’s proved to be such an amazing day especially with the amount of competitors that we’ve had and entries in the pavilion, all of that is really showing how many people want to support the shows that are going ahead,” she said.

Showgirl Josie McIntyre with a bouquet of flowers.
The 2021 Tenterfield Showgirl is 23-year-old speech pathologist Josie McIntyre.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

A few weeks out from the show, the society decided it needed to cut the two-day event to a single day due to COVID-19 related costs.

While the majority of events ran publicly on Saturday, the merino judging and cattle dog trials ran behind closed gates on the Friday.

Brahman heifer wins Supreme on debut

It was the first show back in nearly a year for Stacey Clark from Staben Brahman Stud and the Casino breeder was surprised her young heifer Crystal Gem won Supreme Exhibit over a Speckled Park bull from Murwillumbah.

“We have had Supremes before at our local shows like Nimbin and Grand Females at Bangalow and places like that, but out here towards the Tablelands you don’t see a lot of Brahmans, so it’s pretty cool to win out here.”

A young grey brahman heifer with its owner.
The Supreme Beef Exhibit Staben Crystal Gem with its owner Stacey Clark (right).(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

Queenslander takes out cattle dog trials

This year’s cattle dog trials saw more than 120 entries in the maiden, novice and open classes with the runs stretching out to nearly 12 hours.

Wayne Wayte from Ballandean Station won the Open with Shady Acres Ally May after a run-off in the finals with Ben Gould and his dog Patch.

Wayne Wayte with his working dog Ally May.
Wayne Wayte and Shady Acres Ally May from Ballandean Station in Queensland won the Open section of the 2021 Tenterfield Show Cattle Dog Trials.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

“It was a very good run of hers considering she’s a maiden bitch, so it was a big accolade,” he said.

“She’s straight back into it when we get home, she just goes back and does her normal job, everyday just on the station doing a mustering and so forth.

The winning produce section.
The Magner family won the Most Successful Produce Exhibitor at the 2021 Tenterfield Show.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

First win for merino breeder

Mudgee breeder Geoff Rayner judged a ram from the Glenburnie Merino and Poll Merino Stud at Walcha as the Sheep of the Show from some 40 entries.

Glenburnie’s Paul Pittman said the stud only started showing in the last few years and it was an absolute thrill to win their first Champion and Supreme.

Merino judge and winning breeders with the Sheep of the Show.
A ram from the Glenburnie Merino and Poll Merino Stud at Walcha won the Sheep of the Show at the 2021 Tenterfield Show. Father and son Paul and Bateson Pittman are pictured here with judge Geoff Rayner from Pomanara Merino Stud.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

“We think a fair bit of this sheep. He’s got great quality right through and a pretty fair animal for his type,” he said.

“We were in with some pretty high-quality studs here today, so we come knowing that we’d be proud to stand up with him but not expecting to come right to the top with the Supreme Exhibit.

David Cook with his winning fleece.
Seventeen-year-old Tenterfield woolgrower David Cook with his Champion Fleece of the Show at the 2021 Tenterfield Show.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

A good year for roses

While rose entries were up this year, the Tenterfield Horticultural Society’s Kay Gray said it was disappointing numbers were down in other sections.

Kay Gray with a collection of dahlia entries.
Kay Gray standing proudly next to her winning dahlia entry at the 2021 Tenterfield Show.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

“But I think that after the last two or three years when people have been disappointed with the weather, this year has been a little better and it’s just great to see the colour and put it on display,” she said.

Welsh pony wins prestigious trophy

With riders itching to get back in the saddle, and $5000 worth of cash and prizes on offer, entries in the horse competitions were up this year.

A nine-year-old Welsh pony won the Lyle Bradford Memorial Supreme Led Exhibit of the Show, with owner Robyn Moroney describing Le-flirtuer Alfred as a quality pony.

Elizabeth Davis running with Le-flirtuer Alfred.
Welsh pony Le-flirtuer Alfred competing in the 2021 Tenterfield Show Lyle Bradford Memorial Supreme Led.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

“I was a bit concerned, there was at least a couple of others out there, but I’ve always got faith in him.”

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