South Australia has gone back to back – and provided a fairytale finish for one man – in the Australian Young Farmer Challenge at Sydney Royal Easter Show on the weekend.
The Mid North team of Nick Pettigrew, Kapunda, David Hayman, Roseworthy, Andrew ‘Tex’ Hall, Manoora, and Chelsea Dahlenburg, Naracoorte, won the right to represent SA at last year’s YFC state final.
In Sydney on the weekend, the Mid North team took out the national title, the second year in a row that South Australia has done so.
It was a fitting result for Mr Hall in particular, who came up with the idea for the Young Farmer Challenge about seven years ago and got the event running in SA, complete with devising challenges, guidelines and a sponsorship prospectus from scratch.
The challenge was soon replicated in other states, and in 2014, the first national final was held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in conjunction with the RAS of NSW Youth Group.
To win this year’s title, the Mid North team had to complete 11 random agriculture-based activities which included putting together a wheelbarrow, putting out a fire, packing a wool bale and classing sheep.
Last year was Mr Hall’s first time competing in the event, having convened the competition through its infancy.