TOP EFFORT: Handler Chloe Plowman leading Ruby Ridge Mackenzie, a heifer that was named junior angus champion.
TOP EFFORT: Handler Chloe Plowman leading Ruby Ridge Mackenzie, a heifer that was named junior angus champion. Andrea Davy

The jewel of Ruby Ridge

THEIR daughters' love of cattle prompted Kingaroy's Plowman family to start their own stud. Now in their fourth year of breeding under Ruby Ridge Angus, the four family members have seen the fruits of their labour, as they won angus junior champion heifer at the Ekka.

Karen Plowman said she believed Mackenzie's femininity, and maturity for her age helped them secure the ribbon.

"This is the first time we have won a champion ribbon,” she said.

"It's our second Ekka with our own cattle.”

Karen, being a dairy farmer's daughter, has never missed a Brisbane show. Her daughters Chloe and Georgie Plowman became involved in parading through cattle camps and their family members.

Fourteen-year-old Chloe was the handler for Ruby Ridge Mackenzie, who picked up first prize in her heifer under 18 months to 20 months division then went on to be named junior champion heifer.

Chloe admitted she sometimes felt nervous in the show ring, feeling the pressure of representing her family's name and stud.

"I only get nervous because I just want it to be perfect,” she said.

Younger sibling Georgie, 12, was also showing cattle and the pair competed well in the junior handler events held on the first few days of the Ekka.

This year the family only showed two head, but that didn't mean they had a cruisy few days.

"We are up at 4.30am, there can be a bit of lull in the middle of the day, but then there are some late nights. So early starts and late nights mean you end up feeling tired from a little lack of sleep,” Karen said.


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