Yass High School student Zeke Groom secured first places in three categories of the cattle exhibition at the 2017 Murrumburrah Harden Show on September 8–9.
The year-nine student won Champion Junior Parader, Grand Champion Parader and the intermediate paraders heat (blue ribbon).
He scored the triple with a heifer he had never seen before the event.
“Winning three definitely wasn’t expected,” Mr Groom said.
“I was very surprised to win the heat but even more for the champion finals,” he said.
His mum, Jo-Anne Groom, said she was very proud of him.
“I’m very impressed with the dedication he has shown and working with the animals. As a young child, he petrified of animals – he wouldn’t go near them and now to see him lead them is pretty amazing,” she said.
Ms Groom said she expected him to only do his best.
“He’s relatively new to show events so he’s still learning about parading cattle, but to have just fantastic results early on is really amazing,” she said.
Judges said he had good presence in the ring and he controlled the animal well.
Mr Groom has been leading cattle since he was 12 years old. His best performance previously was the 2017 Canberra Show.
“Definitely love going to shows and participating – the next one we’re looking at is Scones.
“It’s a good thing to do,” he said.