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Mr Kemp was awarded the medal by the Palmerston and Waihemo A&P Society at its annual meeting this week.
It was awarded jointly to Mr Kemp and his late wife, Ruth, both past presidents of the Palmerston society.
Mr Kemp, who was also a long-time competitor in horse and sheep categories, recalled riding to shows at the age of 7 from the pony club's grounds opposite the Palmerston saleyards.
He has been responsible for organising yarding stock for each of the annual Palmerston shows.