Think you’re a catch?

Well good news because Fieldays Rural Catch is back for 2019!

We’re on the lookout for rural men and women to represent the farming community in a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip. Not only will you be a catch for any potential love interest, but your rural skills and knowledge of agricultural business will make you a catch for any employer, business partner and the wider ag-industry.

The Competition

The winner will walk away with an impressive prize pool worth over $25,000 thanks to our generous sponsors – Farmlands, Suzuki, Swanndri, STIHL and Fiji Airways as well as the coveted ‘Golden Gumboot’ trophy.

You’ll have the opportunity to mingle and charm fans, both at Fieldays and various evening functions during the week. Plus, you’ll compete in daily challenges designed to test skills both on and off the farm, as you compete for the title of Fieldays Rural Catch of the Year.

What you need to know

  • The competition is an all-expenses-paid trip that runs from 9 – 15 June 2019.
  • Media attention is significant during Fieldays and finalists are required to talk to all media.
  • Finalists will be chaperoned throughout the competition, yes think mum telling you to get into bed as you must be up early the next day!
  • You’ll need to be handy with a phone so we can get to know you prior to the event.
  • All applicants must be New Zealand or Australian residents, aged 21 or over and employed in the agricultural industry.
  • All finalists must have clean criminal records.
  • And lastly, all applicants must be single. Define “single” I hear you say?
    To qualify as single, you must not currently be involved in a committed relationship.

Ready to enter

You’ll need to complete the application form by answering a series of questions. You must read, understand and agree to all terms & conditions and upload a current photo of yourself.

Deadline to get your entry in is, Monday 9am, 8 April 2019.

Important dates:

Entries close: Monday 8 April 2019
Selection process begins: week of 15 April 2019
Finalists contacted: Week of 29 April 2019
Finalists arrive in Auckland: Sunday 9 June 2019
Fieldays: Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 June 2019

The 2018 Golden Gumboot winner

Taihape, known as the Gumboot capital of the world, has become home to another gumboot, the Golden Gumboot, after local Mairi Whittle takes out Fieldays Rural Catch competition.

Mairi came out with top honours after a gruelling week of competitions for the eight Fieldays Rural Catch finalists who were tested on their knowledge and skills on quad bikes, chainsaws, health and wellbeing, fencing, artificial insemination, dog-handling, financials, cooking, tractors and fitness.

The former rural bank manager is currently working as a shepherd on a 1,100ha beef and sheep farm east of Taipahe and will be heading back to celebrate and the make the most of the fantastic prize pool.