Sydney Royal medals for Chev Show Team

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Sydney Royal medals for Chev Show Team

The Chevalier College Show Team completed another outstanding season culminating with events at the Sydney Royal Easter Show where they picked up both a Silver and Bronze Medal in the Purebred Carcase Competition.

The jam-packed program of events that kept our students busy for a full two weeks proved highly successful for the team who brought home a swag of awards along with precious memories of their experiences together.






Every competition day presented a new challenge and we are so proud of the students’ achievements throughout the show.

“Darcy Howard had such a big day on Thursday 11th April that we named it  ‘Day of Darcy’ after him” said Hayley Mahoney, Chev Show Team teacher and coordinator of the program.

He competed in the Angus Youth Feature Junior Judging as well as the Angus Youth Junior Parading, placing second in his heat in the school parader event.

Chevalier College Show Team and their steers at the Sydney Royal 2019

Chevalier College Show Team and their steers at the Sydney Royal 2019

The biggest news on the “Day of Darcy” came when he was announced as equal winner of the prestigious “Norman Lethbridge” award, acknowledging his commitment to agriculture and community-mindedness.

“A RECORD number of entries in this year’s Norman Lethbridge Award resulted in two equal winners of the prestigious Angus award being presented before the commencement of the Angus Feature Show bull judging today. 

Shante Palmer from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Berkley Vale, and Darcy Howard of Chevalier College, Bowral, made their way to the top of the quality entries that were assessed by a subcommittee comprised of Christine Erby, Mark Lucas, Simon Hennings and Richard Buck.

Year 12 student Darcy Howard has studied agriculture since year nine and has been part of the Chevalier College show team for six years.

He has been involved in community events at the school, including the Harbison care program, and assists at Bong Bong Races and Bowral Show. He was also named the 2019 Wingecarribee Young Citizen of the Year.

Mr Howard has always done well at both cattle and sheep shows. He was overall champion judge at the 2018 Unischool Steer Challenge, reserve champion school parader at Sydney Royal 2018second in the Merino judging at Canberra Royal 2019 and will contest the junior meat sheep and beef cattle judging at this year’s Sydney Royal Show.”

He also brought the drought to the public’s attention with a poem he wrote, which was covered by 10 Daily (and picked up by ABC Radio and Studio 10).

Agriculture teacher at Chevalier College, Hayley Mahoney, had high praise for the community-minded student.

“He loves all things agriculture – he lives and breathes it,” she said. “He is a genuine, all round, mature, gentleman.”

Norman Lethbridge Award goes to Shante Palmer and Darcy Howard
Hannah Powe

Norman Lethbridge Award goes to Shante Palmer and Darcy Howard

The 2019 Norman Lethbridge Award goes to Shante Palmer of Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College and Darcy Howard of Chevalier College

Also on Thursday 11 April, Darcy, Kaelan Read and Lily Holmes competed in the Fitting Challenge; and Casey Halliday won the Angus Youth Junior parading event – a massive achievement!

Friday 12th saw all the Chev steers fitted and professionally exhibited by the Show Team in the All Purebred Steers Exhibition and Auction.

On Saturday 13th Darcy exhibited his steer ‘Crocket’ (gifted by and named after Darcy’s grandfather) receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ in a very tough class that took 45 minutes to judge (normally judging takes 5-10min).

Lily Holmes exhibited her steer ‘Poker face’ and placed 5th.

There were lots of tears on Sunday 14th as all the steers were loaded onto the trucks and the students said their goodbyes.

The Beef Junior Judging took place on Monday 15th, with Sarah Pace, Tara Gray and Darcy Howard all competing.

On Thursday 18th the full Chev Team attended the presentation of the Carcase Awards, receiving two medals:

  • Bronze for ‘Pocket Rocket’ exhibited by Sarah Pace and Danica Elliott
  • Silver for ‘Stamp’ exhibited by Kaelan Read and Grace Howard (just 1 point off Reserve Champion Carcase)
  • 3rd place for ‘Poker Face’ exhibited by Lily Holmes
  • 5th place for ‘Crocket’ exhibited by Darcy Howard, with a score of 59.9, just .1 off another bronze medal.

There was much excitement on Friday 19th when WIN News Illawarra aired an interview about school cattle teams at the Royal Easter Show featuring Chev students Lily Holmes, Sarah Pace and Hannah Wicks (see link to this story below).

The Young Farmers Challenge was held on Saturday 20th with Darcy, Kaelan, Lily and Katelyn competing.

On Sunday 21st, Darcy competed in the Sheep Meat Breed Junior Judging competition, placing 5th out of 30 students.

With the Junior Judging, students need to qualify at a local show and then compete at Sydney – with the best in the state. They judge the animals and place them in order and then justify their placings to the judge and public.

We also had chickens and placed 6th with our layers.

Heartfelt thanks go to:

Colin – our truck driver who got the steers in safely and then came and supported the kids on the Friday and Saturday;

Rob Elliot (Danica’s Dad) – driver, cleaner, laundry man and chef;

Ally and Jen – for holding the fort on the Chev farm (and feeding Hayley’s cat!);

Frensham – for lending Darcy a steer for Angus paraders;

Parents, Grandparents, other aggies and friends for coming and supporting the team;

and, of course, the Chev Show Team students – Lachie, Darcy, Tara, Lily, Kaelan, Grace, Hannah, Casey, Dan and SP – “best show team members I could ever ask for!!!” says ‘one proud mumma’ (teacher and Show Team Coordinator) Hayley Mahoney!

All the students deserve a huge CONGRATULATIONS!! for their hard work, commitment and successes throughout this year’s show season.

2019 Chev Show Team members:  Lachlan Capps, Danica Elliott, Tara Gray, Casey Halliday, Lily Holmes, Darcy Howard, Grace Howard, Kaelan Read, Sarah Pace and Hannah Wicks


Debra Cloran



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