Shearers across the Trans Tasman will be sharpening their blades to vie for one of the largest cash prices for quickshear in the world.
In what's expected to be a hot contest, the 2022 Oberon Quickshear will be held in conjunction with the town's show on February 12 with in excess of $20,000 in prize money up for grabs.
Locals Aaron Booth and Joel Ryan, along with Josh Clayton, who was 14 short of cracking a world shearing record 18 months ago, have teamed up to make this year's event bigger than ever after it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the main attractions of the show and running throughout the day, the winner of the 2022 open category will receive one of the highest prize packets ever offered in Australia, as they are set to pocket $10,000, which is double the prize money offered for victory in 2020 .
The competition will be run in learners, intermediate and senior/open categories.
Competitors will have to shear a sheep not only in the quickest time, but the lamb has to be shorn to a saleyard standard.
Organisers are hoping to attract up to 80 competitors, with a series of heats whittling them down to a top 16 for the semi finals. The open category will have a top 10 with the final to be held in the evening.
There will also be the Artie Ryan Memorial (in honour of Joel's father) who was a left-handed shearer killed in a car accident in 2003.
Competitors will shear left-handed and then skull a hot can of VB before their time is recorded.
All money raised will go towards a local woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Nominate for the 2022 Oberon Quickshear through the competition's Facebook page.
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