Easter Show makes West Pennant Hills mum a champion

THE Sydney Royal Easter Show yesterday recognised Heidi Cheney's passion for involving young people in agriculture in its Parade of Champions.

The parade honours the contribution of top exhibitors and contributors across all the show's competitions in a ceremony at the Spotless Stadium.

In Mrs Cheney's case, she founded the show's Careers in Agriculture expo, which attracts up to 20 information stands to the show every year.

"I was was also one of the key developers of the Young Farmer Challenge," Mrs Cheney, 34, of West Pennant Hills, said.

The national competition, which shows off the talents of modern day young farmers, offers up to $39,500 in prizes.

"I grew up in Sydney but fell in love with animals and now do animal health and have a family business in animal health, selling vaccines and drenches for cattle and sheep," Mrs Cheney said.

"We have cousins with farms, Mum and Dad are based in Goulburn, and I'm hoping now I'm a school mum to bring an [agriculture] initiative into schools."

Now in its third year, the Parade of Champions took place on Excellence in Agriculture Day.

"They'll parade us around the main arena and then we'll go into the Council Stand and accept an award," Mrs Cheney said before the event.

The mother of three holds a masters degree in sustainable agriculture.

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