Friday, August 26, 2011

Farm mum set to shine

"SHE'S blonde, beautiful and knows how to drench a sheep, and she's a finalist in the Mrs Australia pageant.

Elise Shoobridge, 24, entered Mrs Australia after a phone call from her mum.

"I said no at first but then thought, why not?" Elise said.

Married to farmer Tom Shoobridge, Elise is the mother of William, 2, and Ben, 1.

"They're only 18 months apart. I try and get stuff done while they're sleeping," she said.

Elise looks after the kids, does the farm bookwork and co-ordinates her Mrs Australia fundraising from the farm. "I never get bored."

The Shoobridges' 14,456ha Cleveland property west of Ouse is renowned for its Angus stud cattle.

Most of the farm's 3500 cattle and 5500 sheep are rounded up on horseback.

Mrs Australia is a worldwide competition that culminates in Mrs Globe. Entrants collect donations for women and children's charities in Australia and overseas.

More than 100 boxes of babies' clothes and toys Elise has collected have been sent to remote aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

Elise will be interviewed on Melbourne's Crown Casino stage and model sportswear and formal wear before Mrs Australia is crowned on September 18.' via

Tasmanians can vote for Elise from Thursday, September 1, at

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I hope see wins. It is so important to have positive agriculture role models in the spotlight.