Did you know that this year we’re celebrating 20 years of the National Rural Ambassador Award? To celebrate, we’ve been catching up with the 19 individuals who have held the prestigious title since 2001.

Rebecca Smith won the national rural ambassador award in 2007 as a self-employed, newly engaged woman. Today, she’s still running her own show and has three little helpers by her side. 

Her business House Paddock Training and Consulting helps farming businesses improve their WHS and HR and business owners improve their planning and efficiency.

Rebecca has lived in a rural community her whole life and said she loves helping farming businesses thrive. 

“We work with them through training, workshops and one-on-one consulting. The overall aim is to help support farming businesses to be more professional and create agriculture as an industry of choice from a career path perspective,” she said. 

“This aim has been consistent across the last 15 years – from when I was the rural achiever through to today.”

Rebecca has a long history of involvement with agricultural shows, having competed with her horses until she left school. She then attended many shows with a trade display and also judged the rural ambassador state competition. 

She thanked Lorraine Crothers for single-handedly encouraging her and supporting her to enter the national rural ambassador program.

“The program gave me connections and confidence, both which have been useful in personal and professional endeavours,” Rebecca said. 

“Meeting the other finalists and learning the inner working of the show movement and appreciating how dedicated, selfless and passionate committee members were was particularly memorable.”

These days it’s a family effort, with Rebecca and her young children involved in a range of sporting and community engagements, junior sports, and community committees and events.