Erin's love of farming began as a child, growing up and working on her family's market garden on the Mornington Peninsula. Erin began showing cattle at local shows and over the past 12 years she has shown both locally and at the Royal Melbourne Show. After completing her VCE Erin gained High Distinctions for an advanced diploma of Agriculture and Agronomy at Longerenong College. with her enhanced skills Erin is now an employee at the family market garden.
Ayden, 21, grew up in Alexandra in North East Victoria. After graduating from Alexandra Secondary College in 2013 he joined his parents at Landmark Embling as Livestock Manager. Ayden became a committee member of the Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod show in 2010 at age fifteen and is now Secretary/Treasurer. In 2011, at age 16 and 1 minute, Ayden joined the Alexandra Urban Fire Brigade. In 2014 he became Communications Officer and is now 2nd Lieutenant. In 2013 Ayden was awarded the Alexandra Rotary Club Citizen Award. Ayden started up the successful Alexandra Light and Sound Production Company in 2014. In 2016 Ayden was awarded the Central and Upper Goulburn Rural Ambassador Award by the Victorian Agricultural shows Ltd.
Sophie grew up on a beef cattle farm in Gippsland where she developed a strong passion for horses, particularly show jumping. She has competed all over the country with the Victorian young rider show jumping squad and gained placings at the Royal Melbourne Show. After VCE Sophie successfully completed a degree in Animal Science and is currently studying her masters of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham. Her working career has involved being a snow ski instructor in Canada for 2 seasons, reptile handler at birthday parties and working on the family farm feeding cattle and pulling calves. She loves nothing more than mustering the cattle from the bush on her horse. Her knowledge of farming is developing into a true passion that she wants to expand while she actively continues to compete in show jumping.
Laura is from Northern Victoria where she has lived on sheep, beef and dairy farms and currently lives on a cropping property. From a young age Laura has competed in horse events at local and royal agricultural shows across Australia. As an active member of her community and Kyabram Show Committee, she identified a lack of networking opportunities for young farmers. Supported by the show committee, Laura began the Kyabram Young Farmers Club; an initiative to help involve the next generation of rural people in their community. Through the ambassadorship program, Laura hopes to broaden her reach in engaging young people in show committees. Laura completed a Rural and Community Planning Degree and now works in the water industry, planning in agriculture across Victorian irrigation areas and water catchments. A desire to better understand agricultural industries and communities in which she works inspired Laura to commence a Degree in Agriculture.
Born in Numurkah in 1994 as the third eldest of ten. Joseph Brooks grew up on his parents dairy farm near Waaia in the Goulburn Valley. Educated at home, he completed a Higher School Certificate via correspondence in 2012. He is currently working full time as an apprentice electrician while also living and working part time at home on his parents farm. He is an active member of the Nathalia Young Farmers, a rural youth club, regularly trains in Muay Thai kickboxing, and is passionate about reading, history, travelling and family. In the future he would like to work abroad and his long term ambitions are to start his own business and make a positive contribution to his community.
Katherine grew up on her family sheep property in western Victoria. From an early age she showed a passion for agriculture. She was always helping her father with farm duties and started a Coopworth Sheep Stud at the age of 14. She has been an active participant in the Beaufort Agricultural Show, competing in a range of events, such as photography, baking and floral sections. However, her main focus has always been the horse section. Her role at the show has grown from being a general helper and steward into being a member of the Horse Committee. She is also involved in the organisation of the show, the running of the community events and setting up and packing up the show. She is now focusing on being involved with other committees within the Beaufort Agricultural Show to ensure it has a strong future.
Taylor McPhail was born and raised in Wangaratta, Victoria where his grandfather ran a cattle farm and his parents owned a furniture store. He grew up regularly participating in the Wangaratta show and playing for the Glenrowan Football Club. After boarding at Scotch College from year 7-12 and attending Bond University, he was admitted as a lawyer and worked in Melbourne for two years. Taylor then returned to Wangaratta to work alongside his brothers in their family furniture business. Since his return to Wangaratta, Taylor has been very involved in the Wangaratta Show Society, regularly attending meetings, working to update their advertising and marketing approaches and is now the Vice President.
John Wright has country blood running through his veins. Born to farming parents at Pelluebla between Benalla and Yarrawonga. He attended primary and secondary school in Yarrawonga. On leaving school John began in the hospitality industry currently supervisor at the Mulwala Water Ski Club. If you want something done in your communities on a voluntary basis ask Johnny Wright, he thinks of everyone before himself. John has been involved with the Yarrawonga Table Tennis Association all his life and is the Junior Coordinator. To mention few of his achievements of late- Young Citizen of the Year- Moira Shire Australia Day Awards, Andrew Wilson Memorial Awards 2015- Country Victoria Table Tennis, Nominated Rural Ambassador, Country Rep Selector, President of the Yarrawonga Show Society, Secretary Lake Rowan Progress Association, President of Wilby and District Tennis Competition. This fine young man is a person is voluntarily involved with many community/rural organizations which speaks for itself
Katerina was born and bred in Mildura, where she currently lives and works on the family vineyards. She understands firsthand the pressures facing rural communities and is passionate about empowering communities to identify and address their own needs and the sustainability of our rural and regional communities.Katerina is currently in her 3rd year at Murdoch University, studying a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and Sustainable Development. She is honoured to be representing the Mildura Show Society, where she is a member of the Executive Council of Management and responsible for running the animal nursery. Alongside her show commitments Katerina is the Constitutional Area VII Representative for the Lions Clubs International Leo Club Program Advisory Panel, Charter President and member of the Sunraysia Leo Club, the 2015/16 Australian Leo of the Year, a proud Ambassador for the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation and a Civilian Instructor with the Australian Air Force Cadets 623 squadron.
Peter is a young dedicated agricultural production specialist. From a very young age Peter was a very keen agriculturalist trying his hand at broad acre cereals cropping for the first time at the age of twelve. Unfortunately the enterprise failed to yield a positive result. However he was undeterred and continued to pursue his passion in the industry which took his interest all those years ago. Peter has seen many highs as well as lows in his time in agriculture. but still believes there is a vibrant future in Australian agriculture for those who choose to pursue it. “It is up to people within agriculture to spread the truth about what really goes on as well the harsh truths. How else can we expect the world to understand why? I believe the platform of rural ambassador to be important as it gives a voice to young rural people”
Sheree farms with her husband Mitch at Wilkur. Sheree is a young passionate woman with a strong agricultural background whose knowledge ranges across many different industries from dairy to broad-acre cropping to sheep and cattle. Sheree grew up on a Jersey Dairy Farm in New Zealand and pursued her Agribusiness dream by completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Agricultural Management at Lincoln University, which has led to her current role as an Agribusiness Analyst at Rural Finance, Horsham.Within her community, Sheree is the Chair of Buloke Young Farmers and Junior Vice President of the Donald Pastoral & Agricultural Society. Sheree contributes to her local show by running the Buloke Young Farmers Shearing Competition on show day, which is affiliated with Sport Shear Victoria. This competition has been a huge success and has grown in the past 4 years and is continuing to grow. Sheree is a determined, passionate and dedicated individual. She gives 100% always which is reflected in many aspects of her life.