ELENA Hayward wasn't quite sure how she felt.
The 10-year-old was preparing to compete at her first show at the Callide Valley Show last weekend.
The Greycliffe girl and her gelding Wentworth were in the youth showing and halter category.
Asked about pre-performance nerves, Elena said: “Yes and no.”
The quietly spoken girl was surer of her love for the horses.
“They're fun,” Elena said.
Callide Valley Agricultural and Pastoral Society secretary Desleigh Kapernick said the crowds were up at this year's show.
“You couldn't move for people when the rodeo was on,” she said.
Desleigh said the entertainment such as the motorbikes, Madagascar stage show, Windy Wizard and David Hamilton's puppets, had been well received.
“All the comment I got was that the entertainment was top-notch.
“The sideshow alley was still at 10pm after the rodeo (Saturday),” she said.
In the pavilion, photo entries were up with over 800, but school entries were a little disappointing.
Desleigh said new horse event challenges were welcomed by competitors and they expected stronger events next year.
She thanked the reliable team of volunteers who helped ensure the show ran, but saved special mention for the tireless work of president Tanya Belousoff.
“In the president's words - It's the magic (of the Show).
“You've got to believe in the magic,” Desleigh said.
In the stud cattle, Abbotsford Congo, exhibited by the Lamb family, took out grand champion bull of the show.
Amy Lamb said they didn't expect to take out the top prize.
“We were stoked,” Desleigh said.
Grand Champion Female of the show went to the Ryans for Kabrevale Tiffany.
The Hartwig sisters continued their golden run in cattle show sections by claiming the Grand Champion Breeders Group, which is for three animals.
Tania, 21, and Nicole, 18, have won numerous champion sashes at agricultural shows throughout the Burnett and Central Queensland, including major honours at last year's Ekka in Brisbane.
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