Australian Ambassador

The Shorthorn Ambassador program is a joint effort of the ASA and the Shorthorn Society of Australia. Every other year a chosen participant will stay with Australian Shorthorn breeders and learn about rural Australia and the Shorthorn breed. The ASA will provide transportation to and from Australia for one AJSA member to visit the various Shorthorn operations. For 2013 and 2015 the David Down Youth Ambassador Memorial in conjunction with the Shorthorn Foundation will also contribute a $1500 scholarship towards travel money. This opportunity is for individuals 18-25 years of age and must be a member of the AJSA or ASA. The selection for the ASA Australian Ambassador is held every other year (odd years).

If you are interested in being the American Shorthorn Association’s next Australian Ambassador, contact Gwen Crawford at gwen@shorthorn.org or 402-393-7200 for more information to apply. Deadline is November 1, 2015.

New age qualification – ASA members up to age 25 as of June 1 may apply!

2013 Winner:: Daniel Donnelly

Daniel Donnelly (left) receives the Australian Ambassador Award from ASA Field Services Representative Jake Alden (right)
Daniel Donnelly (left) receives the Australian Ambassador Award from ASA Field Services Representative Jake Alden (right)

OMAHA, Neb. (July 3, 2013) – Daniel Donnelly, Farmington, Minn. received a once in a lifetime opportunity when he was selected to participate in the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) Australian Ambassador Program. While in Australia, Donnelly will stay with various Australian Shorthorn breeders and learn about rural Australia and the Shorthorn breed.

Donnelly is the son of Terry and Debbie Donnelly of Farmington, Minn. He credits his background in agriculture for getting him involved in the Shorthorn breed and helping to set his goals for college. Donnelly currently attends North Dakota State University where he is majoring in agricultural economics with a minor in animal science. While attending college he has acquired work experiences that have provided him with learning opportunities to further expand his knowledge of the beef industry and Shorthorn breed. Additionally, a $1500 scholarship is given for traveling money from the David Downs Memorial scholarship.

“An opportunity like this to travel to Australia for someone at this age and the experiences they will have will leave a large impact on their life,” said Montie Soules, ASA Executive Secretary/CEO.

Donnelly interviewed for and received the scholarship at the National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference awards banquet in Des Moines, Iowa.

Click Here to Learn More about Dan’s trip to Australia (pdf)

 

2012 Winner :: Tyler Alden
Click Here to Read About His Trip (pdf)

 

2011 Winner :: Katie Mack
Click Here to Read About Her Trip (pdf)