The Queensland Branch of the Illawarra Cattle Society took the opportunity at the recent Brisbane Royal Show, to acknowledge one of their up and coming younger members, Matthew Henry (Tara & White Park Studs, Hodgsonvale, Toowoomba) by awarding him the Illawarra Young Ambassador Award.
This award is sponsored by John and Geraldine Nahrung, great supporters of the Illawarra breed in Queensland and in particular the younger members.
While not a yearly award, the Queensland Branch Committee makes recommendations from time to time to acknowledge the contribution being made to the breed by young people such as Matt Henry.
Matt along with his parents Michael and Glenda, run the White Park and Tara Studs at Hodgsonvale near Toowoomba with Matt responsible for clipping and fitting of the show team as well as many of the show team selections and stud breeding plans.
Matt has consistently entered junior judging and junior parading competitions over many years and will represent Queensland in the National Junior Judging Competition at this year’s Adelaide Show. As an indication of his judging ability and knowledge, the Queensland Branch recently nominated Matt to Federal Council for inclusion on the Royal Judging panel.
Last year, Matthew was accepted onto the Queensland Branch Committee and took on the responsibility of Shed Captain at this year’s Ekka.
Matt is in his first year at the Gatton Campus of the University of Queensland studying Agricultural Science.
He has been involved in many activities in his short life excelling at tennis, cricket, chess, essay writing, school academics and scouts. In 2006 Matt received the Australia Day Young Citizen Award for the Cambooya Shire.
Matt Henry with sponsors John and Geraldine Nahrung, and right Illawarra Dairy Princess, Jordan Teese.