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Pint-sized parader is a cattleman at heart

STARTING YOUNG: Tenterfield six-year-old parader Leo Larsen won second place in his class with murray grey heifer Sheeny at the Stanthorpe Show on Saturday.
STARTING YOUNG: Tenterfield six-year-old parader Leo Larsen won second place in his class with murray grey heifer Sheeny at the Stanthorpe Show on Saturday. Jayden Brown

STANDING next to his murray grey heifer Sheeny six-year-old Leo Larsen may look small but the Tenterfield youngster is a big cattleman at heart.

With Sheeny by his side, little Leo came second in the under-10 years class of paraders in the stud cattle section of the Stanthorpe Show on Saturday.

The outgoing youngster has been showing cattle for Sixpence Park Limousin and Murray Grey stud in Tenterfield for the past two years.

Leo, who is a student at St Joseph's School, in Tenterfield, said showing cattle was exciting.

"I like showing Sheeny - when I walk behind her she doesn't kick," he said.

"I've showed a few other cows as well."

There were plenty of success stories around the grounds at Stanthorpe for a number of local stud cattle exhibitors.

Toowoomba's Travis Luscombe and his Ace High team took out both the grand champion and reserve champion awards over a record entry in the show's led steer competition.

Mr Luscombe has been enjoying successes with his Ace High led steers since going off on his own in the year 2000.

"We do 15-20 shows a year," he said

"It's always good to know that you're doing the right thing."

The Hale family, from Murray's Bridge, had a successful day at their first show as Wild Ash Brafords .

Emma Hale guided her cow, Banyula Trinket, to a win as the supreme tropical female during Saturday's stud cattle judging.

An excited Emma said a lot of hard work had gone into their new stud.

"The cattle are fed twice daily," she said.

"We spend five or six hours every weekend working with them."

There was also success for Emma's younger sister, Maddie, who won the under 10 years paraders' class.

The 10-year-old Murray Bridge State School student said she had been showing cattle for three or four years.

"It's a good feeling when you win," she said.

Another family enjoying success were cousins 12-year-old Joe and 13-year-old Samantha McMahon , who placed first and second in the 10-13 years class of paraders.

Joe, a student at Assumption College, Warwick, also won a class in the led steer competition with his first ever show steer, a Simmental named Hoky Pokey .

"It's a good feeling to win," he said.

"Hoky Pokey has a quiet nature - he's a good steer for me."

Led Steer Winners

  • Grand champion- Red Bull, limousin x red angus owned by Travis Luscombe (Ace High)
  • Reserve champion- High Roller, charolais x angus owned by TravisLuscombe (Ace High)

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