IT'S a royal affair for three of Hay War Memorial High School's sheep, who are having an extended holiday in Sydney to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The three White Dorpers - Ace, Alice and Rosie - were taken to the Sydney Royal Easter Show as part of a team of 12 sheep and 12 students.
While the school won prizes in many categories, the three White Dorpers were asked to be left behind for a royal inspection.
Head agricultural teacher at the school James Caughey said the school has a very strong agricultural program with more than 30 of the 195 students, participating in some form of agriculture.
Mr Caughey said Ace, Rosie and Alice came from top-grade genetics.
Some of the awards won by the school included second place in the objective measurement class for White Dorper sheep, awarded to Ace, and third place in the objective measurement class for Dorpers.
Mr Caughey said it was wonderful for a small rural school to be able to send such a large team and be recognised for the efforts in maintaining a strong agricultural program.
"It's really good to be able to accomplish this," he said.
The school was also awarded reserve grand champion prizes for two of their ewes.
Mr Caughey said the sheep showed excellent potential.
"We have been told that they should be awarded the grand champion prize sometime this year," he said.
For now, Mr Caughey said he would be keeping an eye out for Rosie, Ace and Alice on TV for the royal reaction to the school's top class sheep.