The 2018 Norman Lethbridge award announced

March 20, 2019 8:48 am

The Norman Lethbridge Award began in 2002 and has been running continuously ever since.  New South Wales Angus, named the award in honour of its past secretary Mr Norman Lethbridge.  The award is open to students and cadets over 16 years and under 25 years of age, studying agriculture, livestock auctioneering or stock and station agency.  The applicant must reside in Sydney or within 200 kilometres of Sydney.  A record number of entries were received last year.

The results of the award are:


(equal) Shante Palmer, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary Coll., Berkley Vale

(equal) Darcy Howard, Chevalier College, Bowral

Runners up:

Haylee Hastings, Kingswood High School, Kingswood.

Gena Petrickas, Colo High School, North Richmond.

Gary Roberts Encouragement Award:

Rosie Webb, The Scots School, Bathurst.

Presentations will be made 11.45am, prior to the commencement of the Angus Bull Judging in the Hoeker Judging Arena at the Sydney Showground on Saturday 13th April 2019.

The Norman Lethbridge Award is sponsored by the Munro family,  Booroomooka Angus Stud, Bingara Chris and Jon Erby , Forres Angus Stud, Dungog, the family of the late Norman Lethbridge, Wendy and Des Stubbs, Albion Park  and Gary  Roberts, Potts Point.

It is unique that the same subcommittee formed at the inception of the award comprising Mrs Christine Erby, Mr Mark Lucas,Mr Simon Hennings and Mr Richard Buck have interviewed applicants and adjudicated all these years.

It is pleasing to hear of past winners of the award succeeding in agriculture.  The 2002 inaugural winner of the Norman Lethbridge Award (Rachael Parkes, Richmond High School) and along with her husband, Ged Mullins, runs the largestdairy farm in Queensland.  The 2003 winner (Stuart Moeck, Richmond Tafe) runs Valley Creek Simmentals atBowral.  The 2004 winner of the Norman Lethbridge Award ( Ashley Norval, Gosford High School) was a 2017 RAS Rural Achiever. Ashley is the manager, Australian Pork Limited’s Technology Adoption and Industry Capability / Research & Innovation.  Ashley is still involved in cattle and spends most weekends at a farm inthe Riverina that has 400 Angus breeders.

Throughout the award’s 17 years, schools and businesses who have nominated winning applicants include:

Bede Polding College, Caroline Chisholm College, Chevalier College, Colo High

School, Elders, Goulburn, Gosford High School, Knox Grammar, Lisarow High

School, Marian College, Northholm Grammar, Picton High School, Richmond High

School, Richmond Tafe, The Scots School, St Catherines Catholic College,

Tocal Agriculture College