Meet the bachelors

Rural Bachelor finalists announced
Fieldays® is excited to announce the eight finalists to compete in this year’s Rural Bachelor of the Year, brought to you by Sovereign. All eyes will be on the two Australian and six Kiwi bachelors as they put their skills, attitude and all-round charisma to the test in the ultimate battle to find fame, fortune and love.
The finalists selected are Craig Crampton from Foxton, Daniel Rogers from Telangatuk East, Victoria, Australia, Jarred Clode from Ashburton, Matt Barr from Whakatane, Mick Pearson from Tasmania, Australia, Sam McNair from Dannevirke, Toby How from Geraldine, and Tony Peake from Te Awamutu.
This really is an opportunity of a lifetime for these good, keen blokes, as not only will they enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Fieldays, and they will have the chance to show themselves off to future employers and industry leaders – as well as bachelorettes.
The competition again features the Mystery Race, with all finalists beginning their journey at a secret location two days prior to Fieldays. Paired up and accommodated in Kea campervans, finalists will need to complete challenges enroute to Fieldays.
Once at Fieldays, the bachelors will be tested in a number of competitive heats, from speed fencing to speed dating, log splitting to cooking. The challenges are largely agriculture based but will have a few fun twists thrown in to test the character of these rural men.
Through its sponsorship, Sovereign is increasing the focus on wellbeing as part of this year’s event to encourage the bachelors to take a proactive approach to their health.
“The mix of skills among the finalists will make for an interesting competition. The bachelors selected are already taking charge of their business and working lives, and we look forward to working with them to take charge of their health as well,” says Sovereign’s Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Chris Lamers.
From Wednesday to Friday, there will be four heats a day, with a winner announced on Saturday at 12pm.
The public can vote for the favourite bachelor via Fieldays’ website, as well as follow them on their Facebook pages.
Meet the Bachelors:

Craig Crampton - photoCraig Crampton
A resident of Foxton, 28-year-old Craig Crampton, is a dairy farm manager. His typical day starts at 4am to get the cows in. He does the general farm work, which ranges from feeding out to fencing, water line checking or irrigation and then its back to getting the cows in for milking.
Craig rates pasture management, cow production as his top agricultural skills. His third top skill is a tough choice between fencing and driving the motorbike. He also appeared on TV as a contestant in the NZ Young Farmers Regional Final last year.
“With a warm heart, great smile, and an epic sense of humor, I know I’ll find the right woman. Once I get to know people, I open up and deliver the one liner,” says Craig. He also warns to not let his 6’ 6” stature scare us. “I am a big teddy bear at heart.”

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Daniel Rogers
The first of our Aussie bachelors, 23-year-old Daniel Rogers works on his parents’ property doing general farm work, as well as a bit of local shearing. After taking out 2014 RASV Young Sheep Producer of the Year award at the 2014 National Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, he sees Rural Bachelor of the Year as the obvious next step.
He reckons most things comes easily to him – shearing, sheep classing, and having a happy and chilled out attitude – but sadly, meeting new women remains difficult. “Living in a fairly isolated area, ladies my age have moved on to the city,” says Daniel. “I’m looking forward to travelling to New Zealand, experiencing Fieldays and learning more about Kiwi agriculture.
“The competition sounds like a fantastic chance to get away and meet new people.”

 

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Jarred Clode
Jarred Clode, 32, considers himself pretty skilled at fencing, stockmanship, and with people, which comes in handy managing a farm. His typical day involves managing his cows, his grass and his farm staff.
Based in Ashburton, he loves the outdoors, water sports, and socialising with friends and family. Jarred says he’s a happy-go-lucky guy who has everything going for him. “I have a really good sense of humor, and love to have a good time. I’m also a very hard-working man who thrives on new challenges on a day-to-day basis,” he says.
Having been single for three years, Jarred’s looking for a Rural Bachelor breakthrough that will lead him to his soul mate.

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Matt Barr
Managing his family dairy farm south of Whakatane, 28-year-old Matt is keen to keep busy, build confidence, and represent a community that has provided him with so much support. “I’m exceptionally motivated, and looking forward to some light-hearted competition to showcase my yummy, expertly-prepped family recipes, and rugged farm skills,” he says.
Matt loves dairy farming, and rural life, and is excited to incorporate both of these as he strives to take home not only the Golden Gumboot, but someone to share it with as well. Matt’s favourite time of day is after knock-off, when a bit of R&R (read: water skiing, squash, fishing, and diving) begins.

 

Mick Pearson - Photo
Mick Pearson
The second Aussie to reach the finals is Mick Pearson. The 24-year-old manages his own business – Southern Ag – where you can find him fencing, doing stock work, seeding, spraying and harvesting through to accounting, and paper work, depending on the time of year.
He rates himself as a skilled fencer, tractor operator, and crop grower and says his passion for farming should be enough to see him win Rural Bachelor of the Year. “I am very passionate about farming and what the future will hold for it,” he says.
Mick says his perfect date would be on the back of a ute with a campfire blazing, country music playing, and a few drinks.

Sam McNair - photo

Sam McNair
As a Rural Direct branch manager, Sam McNair, 24, spends his mornings quoting sales, drainage and irrigation advice and logistics. In the afternoon you’ll find him in the truck, delivering products to farmers throughout the Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu and Wairarapa regions.
He’s a dab hand at operating heavy machinery, irrigation and drainage, and when work’s done for the day he’s out pursuing his passions – aviation, rugby, hunting and fishing and playing the bagpipes. Sam’s his perfect date would be a romantic flight, flying to a private east coast beach, and watching the sunset, and he hopes Rural Bachelor will bring him one step closer to making it a reality.
While Sam’s done a lot in his life, he still feels like there’s a hole in his heart. “I’m missing an interesting and outgoing female companion to share it all with.”

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Toby How
Geraldine-based fencing director Toby How, 29, has the smarts, holding a Bachelor of Commerce and Agriculture from Lincoln University. Toby says there’s no ‘typical day’ in the life of a fencer, except for hard work and lunch in the sun. When he’s finished wire work and driving posts, he likes to kick back with a well-deserved cold beer.
“I’m a likeable rogue, quick with a joke, and even quicker on the footy field,” he says. “In all honesty, I struggle to sell myself in words to the few ladies I do meet on my travels. So hopefully the exposure of a competition such as this will let my actions do the talking and my personality seal the deal.”

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Tony Peake
Hailing from Te Awamutu, 25-year-old Tony Peake is representing the Waikato in this year’s Rural Bachelor, bringing to the table excellent tractor work, artificial breeding and time management. With his day-to-day jobs including calving cows, fencing and repairs, feeding out and sowing grass seed, Tony reckons he’s a jack of all trades and a master of none. “But I’m fun, I’m easy going and I’ve got a great sense of humour,” he says.
He’s an adrenaline junkie at heart, listing off skydiving, being a wing suit pilot, base jumping, moto racing and boxing as his hobbies. Throw in his competitive ballroom dancing experience and he says he’s quite “the all-rounder”.

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