THERE was an impressive lineup of finalists in the Zone 7 The Land showgirl competition this year.
An agribusiness manager, law student and vet student will represent Zone 7 at the state final of the 2013 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl competition at Sydney Royal next month.
Well-known Monaro local Bronte Doughton, 21, who is in her fourth-year of veterinary science at Charles Sturt University, is the Wagga Wagga showgirl this year and is one of the winners of the Zone 7 final of The Land Sydney Royal showgirl comepetion this year.
Ms Doughton, is a Cecil Brown Memorial scholarship recipient and hopes to establish a career in either the meat or wool industry as a servicing and consulting veterinarian.
She has worked as a stock hand on both the Monaro and South West Slopes properties and has also spent time working as a vet nurse.
Ms Doughton also took part in the 2012 intercollegiate meat judging competition and was also a volunteer vet student at the 2012 Sydney Royal.
The Zone 7 final was hosted by the Ganmain Show Society for the first time this year, with 21 showgirls competing from across the region which encompasses the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (ASC) Groups 8 and 9.
Held at the Ganmain Sports Club, the event attracted more than 200 guests for the evening.
Griffith Showgirl Claire Walker, 24, is an agribusiness manager with the Commonwealth Bank who works remotely from her client region in north-central Victoria from her home in Orange.
Junee Showgirl Emily Butler, 21, is studying a combined Bachelor of Law and Arts degree at Wollongong University.
Currently in her fourth year, Emily hopes to return to regional NSW to work as a solicitor with an emphasis on working with young people.
The final was judged by ASC Group 7 delegate Bob Robertson, Bungendore; 2008 The Land Sydney
Royal Showgirl second runner-up and former Condobolin Showgirl Lyndsey Douglas, and The Land's magazine editor Emma Downey.