It was the experience of George Harborne, 17, that earned him success at the Adelaide Royal, and cemented him as a true challenger.
He placed as reserve Champion of the National Beef Parader competition at the Adelaide Royal.
In his fourth year competing at the show, Andrew Harborne, George’s father said he was anticipating a challenge, but he wasn’t really that nervous.
George was introduced to the ballot limosin heifer an hour before the competition, and had to prepare and get it ready for the ring.
President of the Agriculture Society Council David Peters said: “At this stage in national finals, they are extremely confident and competent competitors and the competition is very strong. He performed remarkably well. It was such a very close run race in the end.”
The national competition RAS/ASC national beef cattle paraders final was held in South Australia at the Royal Adelaide Show, last week.
George proceeded to the national competition after he won grand champion parader of the NSW state beef cattle at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, and earned this position after winning the Crookwell Show.
George is an experienced and calm cattle parader. He and his brother Will have been competing for about 10 years, Mr Harborne said.
“He's involved in travel parading with the stud we have, Greenleaf Angus.
“He helps break in the animals, feed the animals and prepare them. They started doing it at the Crookwell show, with a nice quiet animal.
"George has been good at it because he shows attention to detail,” he said.
George also recently attended the National All Breeds Junior Heifer Show held in Dubbo, and another in Bathurst. Greenleaf won grand champion Angus exhibit and George won grand champion parader.