Ag Hort News - Padua at the Red Hill Show

The MGBA - Miniature Goat Competition at the Red Hill Show is an annual event for our Padua College VET Animal Studies and Y11/12 Agriculture & Horticulture students. They are responsible for running the Miniature Goat Section every year. Prior to the show students organise the schedule, take entries, prepare the goats, arrange prizes, and produce the catalogue. On show day they are official stewards, as well as being responsible for grooming and presenting the goats, they handle in all the classes and talk with the general public about our Padua Agricultural Studies program.

Congratulations to Porsha Johnson (Y11 Mercy 1) who was the steward for the day this was her first official appointment and she did a fantastic job. Porsha was ably assisted by Megan Kerr (Y12 McKillop 6) who has now completed 3 stewarding appointments. Megan is wanting to complete her judge’s qualification later in the year once she has stewarded two more shows.

It was fantastic to have so many students get involved in the show. Many had never handled a goat in a show ring, and quickly learnt on the job. Best in Show was – Riverstone Boogie Nights handled by Claudia Wallace (Y11 Merton 5) giving Boogie enough points to earn her Australian Champion Title. Our Padua goats Ned and Honey did really well on the day - Aust Ch First Fleet Ned won a championship class and Riverstone Honey Ryder reserve Champion. Our Padua students did really well in taking out all three places in the Senior Handler Class judged solely on the ability of the handler to show off their goat to its best potential – 1st Place was Kiah Derriman.

One of the highlights was the grand parade with Padua students walking and/or carrying their goats around the oval to a large audience. It was great to have so many Padua staff and students come up and see us during the show along with the large crowd of general public. Our students did us proud with the way they conducted themselves and with their ability to talk one on one about our school AgHort programs and the goats they were handling.

Mrs Nichols
Head of Agriculture & Horticulture