Rabbidge makes back to back Contest Grand Finals

Posted by on 24 February 2014 | Comments

Dean Rabbidge is the second Grand Finalist to be named in the 2014 ANZ Young Farmer Contest. Mr Rabbidge joins Tasman’s Reuben Carter, with five spots still up for grabs.

The 28 year old, Sheep, Beef and Dairy farmer from the Wyndham Club took first place at the Otago Southland Regional Final, in Alexandra, at Pioneer Park on Saturday 22nd February. Mr Rabbidge also won the AGMARDT Agri-Business component of the contest.

Mr Rabbidge summarised his event “the day didn’t go as well as I had hoped for, with a very broad range of challenges it is hard to tailor your preparation. I am stoked with my performance in the evening show, my preparation and hard work on this section of the contest paid off”.

It was a strong group of competitors with plenty of knowledge and talent on display. The eight contestants were put through their paces in a variety of challenging modules touching on all aspects of farming from practical hands on tasks to theory and business components.

Second place went to Logan Wallace, 24, of the Clinton/South Otago Club. He took home $2,900 worth of prizes. Mr Wallace also took out the Lincoln University Agri-Growth, Ravensdown Agri-Skills and Silver Fern Farms Agri-Sport in a very competitive first Regional Final performance.

Nightcaps Club was well represented with three contestants in the Regional Final. John White, 30, placed third, Simon Topham, 25, placed fourth and Hayden Gentle, 28, placed 7th.

”It is great to see the next generation of Young Farmer contestants coming through with very impressive performances from two first time Regional Finalists. Logan Wallace, 24 finishing 2nd and James Gardyne, 19 finished 5th both showed that the region is in a good position for the coming few years,” commented Ashley Cassin, Contest Events Team Leader.

Mr Rabbidge went home with a prize pack worth over $10,000 including cash, scholarships and products and services from ANZ, Lincoln University, Ravensdown, AGMARDT, Silver Fern Farms, Honda, Husqvarna and Vodafone.

The next stage for Mr Rabbidge is to go to the Grand Final in Christchurch, 3-5 July where he will battle it out for the Champion’s title and over $300,000 in prizes. Mr Rabbidge returns to the Grand Final for the second consecutive year, and with this his last attempt at taking the title of Contest Champion “nothing short of victory is an option”. He will take this week off to recover from the weekend and the two months of preparation he has put into this event. “I know what areas I need to focus on and I have got the ball rolling on a few of these already”.

Mr Rabbidge will have his hands full leading into the Grand Final with work, preparation for the contest and his and wife Sarah’s first baby is due in mid June.

Mr Rabbidge is a product of Lincoln University, completing his BCom Ag before starting on a 370Ha Sheep, Beef and Dairy Farm in Eastern Southland.

Be sure to tune in to ‘Road To The Young Farmer Final’. The series covers each of the seven Regional Finals and follows the seven top achievers who make it through to the Grand Final being held in Christchurch in July. Catch all the action starting Sunday 18th May, 9.30pm exclusively on TVNZ Heartland.

For more information visit www.youngfarmers.co.nz

Or contact:

Ashley Cassin
ANZ Young Farmer Contest Events Leader
027 213 0048