Young Farmer Competition Success

By Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith | Posted: Wednesday March 8, 2017

The Aorangi Regional Young Farmer TeenAg and Agrikids competitions were held in Methvan recently. There were teams competing from Mid, South Canterbury and North Otago. 41 teams competed in TeenAg with GHS supplying 19 teams comprising of past and present Primary Industry students – we think this was the most teams entered by a school in a regional final in the history of the competition!

Teams moved around a series of 8 modules, which included activities like tractor driving, milking a cow, fencing, general knowledge, fertilisers, spraying and plants. The top 5 teams qualified for the Face Off where they had 20 minutes to construct a maimai and shoot ducks. Hamish Prattley and Rebecca Hancox were our highest scoring pair and did a great job with their maimai working against the clock and in front of a very large crowd. We were 5th overall with 7 of our teams placed in the top 15.

Shiloh Mould was named TeenAg competitor of the year for Aorangi. This was a huge honour and the second year in a row GHS has taken out this award.

In the Agrikids, unbelievably all three of our teams made the race off, which was all the more incredible since 2 of the teams were first time competitors. Well done Ben Wyborn, Harry Reith and Quinn Foley-Smith, also Ben O’Kane, Flynn Sugrue and Kieran Chisholm. Last year’s 7th placing National Final team of Angus Wallace, Jess Furrer and William Wilson comfortably won and are heading to Fielding in July.

The PIA class stayed behind to help pack down the competition ready for the next Regional Final and were so awesome they have been invited to also go to Fielding as Judges and Organisers.