Royal honours for Singleton Champion

THE president of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) believes Susan Bower personifies everything the Sydney Royal Easter Show is about.

Susan Bower (centre) with the president of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Robert Ryan and former NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson.

And, as a result, the Singleton-born and bred lass was duly recognised in last month’s Parade of Champions for her dedication to the show.

“Susan epitomises all that is good about the show – Australia’s biggestcelebration of our country’s people, practices and produce,” Robert Ryan said.

“Central to the show are the Sydney Royal competitions, which showcase the skill, energy, passion and produce from rural NSW and beyond.

“The Parade of Champions honours those who go beyond winning theribbons and trophies.

“Some have been part of the show community for a large portion of their lives and between all of them have clocked up hundreds of shows in Sydney.”

The champions were selected by the RAS for their commitment and long service to show life, culminating in the prestigious parade on Excellence in Agriculture Day on March 31.

In its fourth year, the Parade of Champions is a chance to honour those who make the show the success it is today.

For Susan, herself, she has never missed a show.

And, in that time, boasts numerous achievements, including state finalist in The Land Showgirl Competition in 2002 and Rural Achiever in 2003.

She was nominated for her long-standing and continuing commitment to agricultural development in NSW and beyond.

“It was a huge honour,” Susan explained.

“The show is all about bringingthe country and city together in anenvironment built for learning, new experiences and showcasing the best of Australian agriculture.

“It was amazing standing there with the other people – many of whom have achieved some great things.

“To be included in that sort of group was humbling.

“I’ve been involved with shows from a young age – starting with cooking at Singleton and helping steward the beef cattle section.

“I also went through as a Showgirl and a Rural Achiever.”

Susan’s association with the RAS hasn’t ended there either.

She’s spent five years with the Youth Group and is a current board member of the RAS Foundation.

That organisation raises fundsto enable the awarding of ruralscholarships and community grants.

“Doing that is very rewarding,” Susan said.

“We gave out 59 scholarships this year alone.”

The local Westpac head ofagribusiness even helps the NAA ladies in Singleton.

“I’ve loved shows all my life,” she said.

“They’ll all about community.

“They also provide rural people with opportunity and showcase excellence in agriculture.”

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