Young people encouraged to get involved in agricultural shows

MORE young people should be involved in organising agricultural shows, three young Bendigo sisters believe.

The Maud sisters, Maddy, 19, Morgan, 15 and Montana, eight, have all competed in horse riding competitions and volunteered at the Bendigo Agricultural Show for many years.

This year is no different, with Maddy stewarding, Morgan stewarding and competing in the rider classes and Montana taking on the pony classes.

The girls are keen equestrians, competing in shows across the state in order to qualify for the royal shows in Melbourne, Adelaide or Sydney.

Morgan said it was important to support local events.

“It’s good for young ones to get involved,” she said.

“The committees are full of more elderly people now and there aren’t really young kids coming through. 

“I think it’s important to incorporate younger kids into the running of the shows.”

Morgan said she was hoping a junior committee would be created so younger people could have a hand in organising the show. 

“People don’t realise what happens behind the scenes and how many hours go into organising the show.”

The sisters will also be entering other sections of the Bendigo show, such as the cooking and art competitions.

Mum Lisa said the girls were dedicated to their horse riding.

“It’s a huge commitment in terms of the amount of time, but it’s a passion of theirs and it’s what they love.”

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