Show success for Frensham Riverina student and steer

Year 9 Frensham boarder Judy Hopkins and her Simmental steer "Paddy", bred by parents Nicole and John Hopkins of Wormbete Simmental Stud at Illabo, achieved great success at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Nicole and John have been strong supporters of the Frensham Show Cattle Team for several years, providing steers annually and taking a keen interest in the School's broad Agriculture program.

Their elder daughter, Mim, paved the way and Judy has followed in her footsteps, with both girls boarding from year 7 and joining the team from the start.

Paddy, won a bronze medal in the carcass competition and was selected in the Simmental team that won the prestigious Stan Hill Trophy against all breeds.

Also, Mim and Judy were part of the Frensham team that won the herdsman competition for schools - which tests the skills and commitment of all the girls when they are looking after the steers full-time and sharing their knowledge with visitors to the show, over several days.

"We really value the academic excellence that the girls experience," Nicole and John said.

"They are so lucky to have access to such a strong ag program and to be part of a show cattle team right on campus at the school's Holt Farm.

"We thank Frensham for allowing us to support the school in this small way and applaud Leonie Mutch, agriculture co-ordinator, for her dedication. She leads an amazing program."