THE women of the Monaro were out in force at the Dalgety Show Society's 3rd Annual Team Penning event on Saturday.
Almost half of the 118 competitors were women and they showed they were every bit as good as the men when it came to handling their horses and the cattle.
The junior riders, who are getting smaller and smaller each year, showed they were learning fast and posted some of the fastest times, albeit with the help of experienced horseman Neville Clark, who rode inside the arena lending a helping hand and keeping a watchful eye on the kids.
It was great to see these little kids urging their ponies on although it was doubtful that some of the ponies even felt their riders kicking!.
None of these kids showed any fear, riding gamely around the arena with 20 head of cattle milling around them.
The Team Penning and Team Sorting events were run in the Dalgety Show Society's new portable cattle yards.
A cheque for $15,000 to purchase these yards was presented to the Society in May this year by Member for Monaro, John Barilaro.
The money was provided by the NSW government's Community Building Partnership program which gives non-profit organisations the opportunity to seek funds for infrastructure improvements.
Many of the competitors commented on the sturdiness of the new yards and how pleased they were with them.
The yards were made by National Stockyard Systems from Rutherford NSW using steel manufactured by One Steel Australian Tube Mills.
Over in the sheep pavilion the Show Shear again had a good roll up of shearers keen to promote their profession.
Shearers from around the Monaro came to test their skills against each other.
At the presentation of prizes, Dalgety Show Society president, Richard Wallace thanked Dalgety graziers, Brendon and Maryanne Rudd, Mick and Jo Miners and Desleigh and Nick Kirshner, for generously providing the cattle for the team penning and team sorting. He also thanked Brendon and Maryanne for providing the sheep for the Snowy River Show Shear competition.
He also thanked the many generous sponsors of the Snowy River Show Shear competition.
He then thanked the many people who lent a hand to make the day a great success, from the people in the secretary's office, the canteen and bar, at the Show Shear pavilion and the people who helped put up the yards and then dismantle them the next day.
"And there were a lot of people who did other jobs that needed doing and we are very grateful to them as well," Mr Wallace said.
He also thanked Leslie Clark from Adelong who did the commentating and the many people who helped Leslie with the scoring.
During the presentations Maryanne Rudd was very surprised and very honoured to win the
Stumpy Freebody "Sportsmanship" Award. Sponsored by Nick Kirshner Property and Livestock, the award was presented by Natalie Reid, Stumpy's daughter, and commemorates the love the late Stumpy had for horses, cattle and horse sports.
President Richard Wallace said as the event was such a success it was sure to be on again in 2013.
Team Penning Open
1st Ethan Wendt/John Ferguson/Dave Ferguson
2nd Joanne Miners/Brendan Rudd/ Brendan Miners
3rd Nev Clarke/ Nick Kirshner/Clayton Deudney
Team Penning Junior
1st Jane Fitzgerald/Will Fitzgerald/Keeley White
2nd Jack Rudd/Matt Kelley/Billie Trent-Smith
3rd Sammi Rudd/Taya Evans/Maegan McGraw
Stumpy Freebody "Sportsmanship" Award
Team Sorting Open
1st Neville Clarke's team
2nd James O'Ryan/Tanya Jones
3rd Liz Fitzgerald/Ella Williams
Team Sorting Junior
1st Brianna Arnold/ Lara Fairfield Smith