RAS Rural Achiever Award


CONGRATULATIONS MICHAEL McGUIGGAN - Michael has just qualified as one of 10 finalists for the RAS Rural Achiever Competition at Sydney Royal in April 2014.






CLICK HERE here for how to apply.

CLICK HERE to apply.


The RAS Rural Achiever Award is a state-wide leadership program open to young men and women aged 20 - 29, living and working in New South Wales. Run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, the award recognises future young leaders who are working hard to make a significant contribution to their local community and to rural Australia.


Celebrating 25 years in 2014, the RAS Rural Achiever Award continues to offer opportunities to the new generation of agriculture for personal development and the chance to make great contacts and network with agricultural industry leaders. However, the program has so much potential to grow and further foster young leaders in agriculture.


What’s in it for you?

As well as the opportunity for personal development, and the chance to make great contacts and network with industry leaders, the eight chosen finalists all receive:

  • A share in $17,000 prize money, kindly provided by The Land and the RAS of NSW
  • An all expenses paid, behind the scenes experience at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
  • Nine days accommodation at Sydney Olympic Park
  • 12 Month complimentary RAS membership
  • Opportunity to be selected for the Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship Program
  • Official Rural Achiever Uniform and Akubra Hat



Don't just take our word for it....


"Ten days

Nine new friends

Eight stewarding shifts

Seven South Australians

Six formal functions

Five hours of sleep per night

Four-legged champions

Three minutes in the broadcast box

Two-hundred kilometre round trip to The Land and Belgenny Farm with 16 fabulous Showgirl Finalists

...And one unforgettable programme that reaffirms your passion for all things rural, revitalisises your ambitions and exposes you to opportunities and individuals that will shape your future." 

Lyndsey Douglas (2013 RAS Rural Achiever)


"Having attended and competed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show since I could walk, I thought I had seen everything the show had to offer. However, the Rural Achiever program opened my eyes to numerous aspects of the show, many of which I did not know even existed. From being a Rural Achiever I experienced unique opportunities, developed life-long friendships and networked with like-minded people in the agricultural industry. If you have the slightest interest in agriculture, or the country show movement, become a Rural Achiever. You never know where it may take you."

Prue Capp (2012 RAS Rural Achiever)


"Where do we start with how wonderful the Rural Achievers program is? You see I went to Sydney Show as a Rural Achiever to compete in a fun rewarding competition. 2 hours after I had arrived I had forgotten that I was there in a competition. You see the Rural Achiever program isn’t about winning and losing, it’s about creating life long friends and bonds with like-minded people. Words wouldn’t give this phenomenally rewarding experience justice. All I can say if you have a slight interest in rural affairs, love the show movement become a RAS Rural Achiever. Trust me it’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made and something you’ll never forget."

Tim Dreverman (2011 RAS Rural Achiever)


"The Rural Achiever program exceeded all of my expectations. I went to the Sydney Royal Easter Show as a Rural Achiever to learn about stewarding and how the Show works, but in doing so I also gained great friends and a wonderful experience. One of the real highlights for me was meeting the Governor of NSW, her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir at the Excellence in Agriculture Day and realising just how big a role youth and women play in agricultural development and education. I would encourage anyone interested in making a positive and tangible contribution to agriculture or rural communities to get involved in Rural Achiever. It really is the experience of a lifetime - I didn't want my time at the Show to end!"

Ruth Redfern, Narrabri (2010 RAS Rural Achiever)


“The award is a chance to challenge yourself and came out of the experience with better public speaking skills, great memories and with more doors open for career networking."

Tim Stivens, Junee (2009 RAS Rural Achiever)




Past Camden Rural Achievers



Lyndsey Douglas


Patrick Buckley


 Rachael Rodney 


Patrick Buckley


Melissa Lauff 


Sam Gordon