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Major prize money up for grabs at 150th Warwick Show

Judge Tom Fagg weighs up the entries in the prime cattle competition at the Warwick Show last year.
Judge Tom Fagg weighs up the entries in the prime cattle competition at the Warwick Show last year. Samantha O'Neil

IT'S shaping up to be a massive year for the Warwick Show Society as it prepares to host its 150th show.

Stud cattle chief steward Shelley Doyle said in honour of the big anniversary they had pulled out all the stops.

"This year is Warwick's 150th show and we have the largest prize money I've ever known in both the stud cattle and the led steer competitions,” she said.

"The stud cattle prize money will be nearly some of the highest on the Darling Downs.

"Also we're having for the first time in Warwick, and not many other show societies around the region do it, but we're having a prime cattle young judging competition.

"The winners can then go on to compete in sub-chamber and then state level.

"It is actually a state competition, but not many show societies actually run it.”

She said it would be an awesome opportunity for the region's up-and-coming young cattle industry hopefuls to get involved and anyone up to the age of 25 could enter.

"It gives them the opportunity to work on their judging skills and public speaking and that sort of thing,” Ms Doyle said.

"We've been pretty lucky that Nowlands Stock and Station Agents in Killarney have come on board as sponsors and they're selling cattle, so it's the perfect opportunity for them to get on board, especially because it involves young people and they're a young family business.

"They'll get to meet the next generation.”

Among other exciting events for the anniversary show, there will be a huge grand entry to kick the event off, run by Warwick Horse Sports and featuring a historic display of equestrian riders, heavy horses, wagons and more, all the way through to vintage cars.

Ms Doyle said there would also be a range of special dinners and events.

"We've got our sponsors' dinner and also a get-together of all the past show girls.”

Warwick Show will run from March 24-26 and entries for the cattle sections are open until Monday.

Visit warwickshowand rodeo.com.au for entries.

Topics:  cattle judging junior cattle stud cattle warwick warwick show warwick show and rodeo society


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