Bordertown's show team prepares for competitions

SHOW TEAM 2019: Back; Shania (left), Karl, Ashton, Macey, Kelly, Whitney & Lucy; Front: Tyson, Tahlia, Bryson, Saskia, Helen Altus (Teacher), Arabella, Rachel, Kelsea & Anna.
SHOW TEAM 2019: Back; Shania (left), Karl, Ashton, Macey, Kelly, Whitney & Lucy; Front: Tyson, Tahlia, Bryson, Saskia, Helen Altus (Teacher), Arabella, Rachel, Kelsea & Anna.

Students from Bordertown High School's show team are working incredibly hard to train their animals for upcoming shows later in the year.

The two shows that the team are preparing for are the Royal Adelaide and Mount Gambier Show. The Royal Adelaide Show starts on August 30, while the Mount Gambier Show starts on October 25.

Bordertown High School's agriculture teacher Helen Altus said that there is a chance that the show steers could feature at the Naracoorte Show, but that decision hasn't been made yet.

Most of the show preparation starts during Term 2 and It's the students responsibility to look after their animals, which include steers, wethers and goats.

Mrs Altus said that there's a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on during the lead up to major shows, as students give up their lunch times to be part of the show team.

"Getting familiar with the animals starts with the students petting them in the cattle crush for about a week and then they slowly progress to walking them on a lead around the yard," Mrs Altus said.

"The Year 10-12 students spend Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunch times with the animals. It's a big commitment from the students."

The 18-20 students that are part of the show team know that they need to balance their school work with their show commitments.

"The students know they are responsible with keeping up with their other school work. It's simple, if they don't do their school work, they won't travel with the rest of the team to competitions," Mrs Altus said.

Agriculture teachers Kate McCarthy and Helen Altus said they have been very impressed by the student's commitment and dedication to the show team.

"It's been a fantastic opportunity for some of the students to step up and improve their leadership skills," Mrs Altus said.

With only a couple of months remaining for the students to prepare for upcoming competitions, the students are confident that they will represent the school with pride.