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Brendan a finalist in rural awards

by Danielle Buckley, Forbes Advocate Wednesday August 8th 2018

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Local stock and station agent Brendan Mansbridge has been selected as one of eight finalists for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Rural Achiever Awards. The award is a state-wide leadership program open to men and women aged 20 - 29 who have made a significant contribution to rural Australia.

Brendan has a long history with agriculture, one that started in the Darling Downs region of Queensland and has gradually brought him south, and now west to Eugowra.

After working at the local high school in Pittsworth teaching farming skills to students, Brendan moved with his family to Glen Innes where he worked on a neighbouring mixed sheep, cattle and cropping farm.

Moving south again, Brendan migrated to North Richmond to work as a livestock journalist for The Land.

After working two years as a reporter, he was drawn to Eugowra by a local attraction, his girlfriend Lydia Herbert, herself a top three finalist in the The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl competition.

For the past year he was worked as an agent for Kevin Miller, Whitty, Lennon, and Co. Brendan said the Rural Achievers award is something he has always wanted to do. "I've always been involved in shows and in past years have got to know a lot of previous winners, a lot of them have been great role models and mentors for me," he said. "I guess I applied for this award so I could hopefully be a mentor and role model for some of the other younger kids c

oming through and to encourage more young people to be involved in agriculture." Brendan also said the award provides a great opportunity for finalists to meet industry leaders and politicians through an 11 day behind-the-scenes experience of the 2015 Sydney Royal Show.

All finalists will also receive $2000 in prize money, a 12-month RAS alumni membership and be fitted in the latest country clothing from Akubra and Thomas Cook Clothing Company. One Rural Achiever will also be selected to represent NSW at

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