Showgirls clear their first hurdle
By ANDY PARKS
"WHAT is a boss indicus cow?"
It was one of the questions the judges asked the four girls competing for the title of Miss North Coast National Showgirl 2007 on the weekend.
Competitor Rebecca Shappell grew up on a dairy farm near Coraki so the answer came to her easily it is a breed of cow that has short hair and a hump and can deal with dry conditions.
Rebecca said being a showgirl was something she had always aspired to.
"I remember going to the show since I was a little girl and all of my aunties always entered into the showgirl competition."
Ashley Clifton grew up on a Hereford farm and said her family had always had a lot to do with the show.
"We've always gone to the show for as long as I can remember. I remember looking at the chickens and eating so much food you felt sick," she said.
Rebecca and Ashley are up against Sam Coles and Emily Wade for the title this year.
They said the competition had been 'very friendly' between them because they were all as nervous as each other.
After being quizzed by the panel on everything from cattle breeds to what places in the area they would take people considering moving here to see, the girls were looking forwards to getting their hair and make up done for the dinner and public speaking section of the competition on Saturday night.
The winner will be announced at the opening of the North Coast National Show on Thursday night.