The Riverina Anglican College students put best foot forward at Canberra Royal Show

RURAL COMMITMENT: The Riverina Anglican College student, Charlotte Dendy enjoyed success at the Canberra Royal Show. Picture: Nikki Reynolds
RURAL COMMITMENT: The Riverina Anglican College student, Charlotte Dendy enjoyed success at the Canberra Royal Show. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

WHEN Charlotte Dendy is not riding her horses she can be found preparing beef cattle and competing in paraders competitions.

The Riverina Anglican College (TRAC) student has recently returned from a successful time at the Canberra Royal Show.

While the show didn't have the same "feel" as previous years, because many events didn't run due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlotte was just happy to be there.

She said during 2020 a lot of agricultural shows and events were cancelled and she had missed catching up with all of the friends she had made from within the stud cattle industry.

Charlotte has been showing cattle for four years.

The Wagga student is also an accomplished eventer and hopes to take up a career in equine science.

Her trip to Canberra was fruitful and she was second overall in the first heat of the paraders competition and earned the third place for the 15-years age category.

"It felt good and it was quite a moment," she said.

Charlotte said she the Limousin steer, from Summit Livestock, behaved excellently and helped her to achieve success.

"(He) was very easy going throughout it all," she said.

The steer, named Thor, also had success in the carcase competition for the export category. He weighed 630 kilograms.

Charlotte said the judges were looking for competitors to show that they could be cool, calm and collected while parading the cattle.

While the beef cattle industry also gives students opportunities to compete in junior judging as well Charlotte said her favourite event was paraders.

"I do get a quite nervous on the microphone (during junior judging)," she said.

Experience in showing cattle, and participating in agricultural activities during lunch time at TRAC has allowed her to form some opinions about the beef industry.

Her favourite beef cattle breed is Limousins.

"They are good base, all around cattle," she said.

Wagga students were thrilled to participate in the cattle events during the Canberra Royal Show 2021. After an absence from shows because of the COVID-19 pandemic they were thrilled to be in the mix.