LEFT: Drew Bassingthwaighte and John Delaforce had a blast at the 2014 National Santa Gertrudis Youth Camp in Morgan Park on Saturday.
LEFT: Drew Bassingthwaighte and John Delaforce had a blast at the 2014 National Santa Gertrudis Youth Camp in Morgan Park on Saturday. Jayden Brown

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THE future looks bright for Santa Gertrudis cattle in Australia, following the national youth camp held at the weekend at Morgan Park.

More than 90 students from across the country descended on the Rose City to attend the annual event, which has been held at Morgan Park for the past three years.

Santa Gertrudis Australia president Dennis Morley said this year's camp went extremely well.

"There's been wonderful co-operation between the organisers and strong student participation," he said.

"The parents and breeders also make this event as successful as it is."

The national event draws up-and-comers in the Santa Gertrudis community from all over Australia - all competing for a number of major awards in judging, handling and working with the cattle.

The long trip from Tasmania paid off for 15-year-old Bronte Pagewho was awarded the prestigious Champion Herdsperson award on Saturday.

Bronte, who hails from Sheffield in north-west Tasmania, said the win was a surprise.

"It's great to come out on top," she said.

"It's a really good feeling."

The trip from Tasmania involved a flight to Brisbane and a two hour drive, but it was all worth it for Bronte.

"The camp is really educational - I learnt heaps," she said. "There were lectures on handling cattle and a judges competition."

Mr Morley said the event always drew a crowd.

"We have a big response to our applications," he said.

For more pictures and coverage of the Santa Gertrudis National Youth Camp see tomorrow's Bush Telegraph.



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