WATCH: Grammar girls at home exhibiting cattle at Rocky Show
IMMERSED in the show circuit, Katelyn Holznagel feels right at home exhibiting cattle.
The Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Year 10 student was among some of her closes friends and cattle yesterday, exhibiting at the Rockhampton Show as part of the school's Ag Program.
"I came from a small property - Majeska in Bouldercombe - and it looked like a lot of fun, so I joined up in Year 8 and I have been doing it ever since," Katelyn said of her decision to join.
"We try to do one big show a year, and we went to the Toowoomba Royal Show at the beginning of this year... we got a lot of ribbons to bring back to the school, and one of our girls got to speak and judge at the show.
"We will also be going to the Ekka Show this year... I am very excited for that."
Fellow Cattle Club member Indiana Smith finds herself even further from home, hailing from Perth in Western Australia.
But there was no doubt she was in her element at the Rockhampton Show yesterday.
"What we do and why we have cattle team is to give girls an opportunity to be around cattle and be around livestock to maybe in future own a property," she explained.
"And some girls come from properties, some don't, but we all enjoy being here with the cattle."
Katelyn went on to say in the time she has started, the generous donations from families of boarders at the school, and also from Chris Hine of McIntosh Creek, had seen their exhibition grow, and with it their success.
"We started with three, three years ago, and now we have 16 that we are showing," she said.
"The school owns most of them, but some have been donated, and some we are borrowing."
The girls have received hoards of ribbons throughout their recent show circuit, including Toowoomba, Muttaburra, Monto, Biloela, Ridgelands and Yeppoon.
The girls all have high hopes for their upcoming events and will take part in the heifer and steer parading today, and judging on Friday.
Today: gates open 8.30am to 9pm approx
Tomorrow, June 17: gates open 8.20am to 10pm approx
Tickets: Adult $10; children $8; concession $12; family $42 (two adults and two children 5-15 years)