Caitlin’s top-class start to wool judging

HAPPY DAYS: Young judge winner Caitlin Heppner (centre) with Tahlia Lockwood and Jonathon Schutz.
HAPPY DAYS: Young judge winner Caitlin Heppner (centre) with Tahlia Lockwood and Jonathon Schutz.

A BRIGHT Barossa youngster has kicked her professional wool classing career off with a state Merino young judges championship under her belt.

Caitlin Heppner, 18, received the Landmark Prize and Agricultural Societies Council of SA plaque for the older than 15 category at the Royal Adelaide Show.

It was eight years in the making for Ms Heppner, who said her desire to become a professional wool classer began at age 10.

“I’ve only just completed my wool classing course, so I thought ‘while it’s still fresh, I should enter’,” she said.

“It helped that I’m familiar with this type of wool.” 

With a passion for the industry, she is emphatic about continuing on with her wool judging career in future.

Faith Lutheran College’s Jonathon Schutz was the runner-up, while Tahlia Lockwood, Urrbrae Agricultural High School, nabbed third.

In the junior category (under 15), Faith Lutheran College’s show team had a field day, with students Jed Habermann, Ruby Schutz and Sarah Morris taking out first, second and third places.