Committed and energetic Eudunda farmer and sheep shearer Garry Schutz has been named South Australia's Young Rural Ambassador for 2019.
Representing the Northern Show Association, the 19-year-old was announced the winner at the Young Rural Ambassador Award State Final by the Agricultural Societies Council of South Australia last Friday night.
"I feel over the moon to have won the state final and feel very lucky as the other candidates were all very worthy and congratulate them," he said.
Mr Schutz grew up on a family sheep and cropping farm north east of Eudunda and has been involved in the annual Eudunda Show, as well as travelling between local shows and interstate to compete in shearing competitions.
"Along with my family I have been very involved with the Eudunda Show helping out wherever I can and being an exhibitor growing up," he said.
"I have assisted with the shearing competition and this year as a show committee member helped start the Merino hogget competition."
On July 12 he was recognise alongside 20-year-old Cassy Poulton, announced runner-up, representing the Central region.
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone, who crowned Mr Schutz at the award event, acknowledged all nominees for their passionate work in supporting their regional shows.
"Once again it was outstanding to have such a high-calibre field of finalists for the awards holding agriculture and our regions in good stead for future years," Minister Whetstone said.
"It is important we continue to foster young rural leaders and create opportunities that inspire our youth to stay in the agriculture sector and promote their regional communities
"Regional South Australia is home to so many passionate and talented young people who are achieving amazing things, I'm sure selecting a winner has been no easy task.
Finalists were: Tayla Paull (Murraylands), Bridget Johansen (Southern), Chloe Hilder (Northern), Angus Llewellyn (South East & Border), Matilda Harris (South East & Border), Chloe Provis (Eyre Peninsula) and Bronwyn Farrow (Yorke Peninsula).