Siblings vie for parading title

Siblings vie for parading title


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The junior beef parading competition came down to a final walk around the cattle ring between the Fogden sisters to determine who would take out the champion parader title.

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The junior beef parading competition came down to a final walk around the cattle ring between the Fogden sisters to determine who would take out the champion parader title.

But under international judge Daniel Shike, Illinois, United States, it was 20-year-old Alizah Fogden, Boulview Charolais, Loxton, that won the champion sash with her "calm , collected and confident" attitude in the show ring.

Participating in the SA Junior Heifer Expo since she was eight years old, Alizah said her previous experience in parading helped prepare her for the Royal Adelaide Show competition.

"I have had a lot of guidance throughout all the shows I have been involved in and learned many tips," she said.

Included in the champion's road to glory was a trip to Canada last year to help further her knowledge about the cattle industry.

"You gain more confidence from learning as much about the industry as you can," Alizah said.

After winning grand champion bull and female in the Santa Gertrudis cattle judging on Friday, Alizah said she was prepared for a quality parading competition.

"It really helped break us in for parading and I was able to see how many great paraders there were as well," she said.

"Parading is almost like a final hurrah for cattle breeders. After all the hard work we put into breeding our cattle, it's a great feeling to show them off during a parader competition.

"Winning this makes me feel proud and capable."

But Alizah and her younger sister Eleni, 17, had selected the same Angus heifer to parade in the competition and Alizah had to improvise.

"Eleni ended up using the heifer so at the last minute I grabbed an Angus heifer from a friend," Alizah said.

"I felt like I had to remain calm and keep talking with the heifer because I did not know it at all."

Mr Shike said he looked for exhibitors that were comfortable paraders.

"Paraders need to be aware of their surroundings, keep the appropriate spacing in the ring and help hold a tidy line," he said.

"A parader should not be noticed - they should almost disappear because I should be drawn to the animal.

"Alizah did a fantastic job, she was very calm, collected and confident."

Mr Shike said Eleni also stood out in her class and it was difficult to separate the top four finalists.

Alizah will represent SA in next year's national competition that will be held in New Zealand.

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