Cattle will take pride of place in Spotless Stadium Arena at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show with a new Cow Jumping Competition being launched by The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).
The inspirational competition puts out a cattle call to all NSW riders who dreamed of owning a pony and found bovine to be the next best thing.
Dairy farmer and competitive cow jumper, Jo King, is excited the fast moo-ving sport will make its debut at Australia’s largest annual ticketed event which attracts 850,000 Showgoers on average annually.
“I’m jumping with joy at this chance to ride my cow Clementine in front of thousands of people,” Ms King said.
“I’d love to win and be Dairy Queen but there’s no use crying over spilt milk if I don’t.”
While six breeds of dairy cattle are recognised by the RAS, Brown Swiss will be the steed of choice with the popular breed known for its strong hoofs and legs.
Jumps will be set up to 1.4m high—in line with New Zealand cow jumper, Hannah Simpson, who caused the sport to go viral in December 2016.
Murray Wilton, General Manager Agriculture & Sydney Royal Easter Show, said the RAS will be milking the competition for all its worth so showgoers can literally get a taste of the action.
“The Show is about providing unique experiences for all people, so competing animals will be immediately milked post-jumping to make ‘udderly’ fresh milkshakes until the cows come home,” Mr Wilton said.
The shakes will contribute to more than 18,000 litres of milk produced through the Working Dairy over the 14-day Show.