THE TRIP to Queensland for the Limousin Youth Camp was well worth the effort for Destiny Perrett, the winner of the prestigious Jean Plaistead Memorial Herdsman Award for 2016.
Destiny, who hails from Brak-En-Way, Muswellbrook, New South Wales, travelled all the way to Pittsworth to take part in the three-day youth camp hosted by the Australian Limousin Breeders' Society.
Having been before, she knew the camp provided plenty of opportunities for her to test her cattle skills, but Destiny said she did not expect to be named the champion herdsperson, which was chosen out of the 110 participants.
"It was definitely a shock, but I'm very honoured,” Destiny said.
"One of my favourite things about the youth camp is the paraders competition. But I also like meeting new people and making new contacts. I'm looking forward to coming back again next year.”
Competitors in the herdsperson competition are not only scored on their parading and judging ability, but their overall conduct in and around the sheds and show ring, their participation, involvement and sportsmanship.
Destiny started showing cattle three years ago with the Muswellbrook State High School and now exhibits at a number of Queensland and New South Wales shows for several limousin breeders, including Jeremy and Pip Walsh, Don and Sarah Riley, and the Williamson family.
At 15 years of age, Destiny said she did not know what she would do when she finished school, but it would have something to do with the agricultural industry.
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