Hereford Juniors compete in national contests
More than 640 youth and their families gathered at the 10th annual 2009 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo in Tulsa, Okla., July 5 to 11, to show and celebrate the Hereford breed.
In addition to the cattle show, juniors and adults competed in 22 skill-based contests ranging from livestock judging to team fitting, and even a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
Contest winners are as follows:
This is the final level of competition for members who have won their state competitions. The National Organization of Poll-ettes sponsored the illustrated speech contest.
Peewee participants: Walker Dunn, Cochranton, Pa.; Ben Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; Logan Marple, Westmoreland, Kan.; Jessica Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; Lauren McMillan, Ohio, Ill.; Madison Sifford, Snow Camp, N.C.; Ryan Moser, Westmoreland, Kan.; Wesley Denton, Blue Rapids, Kan.; Kate Mead, Concord, Ark; Evan Espenscheid, Marshalltown, Iowa; Kyle Amendt, Pleasantville, Iowa; Amy Larson, Macomb, Okla.; Brock Courtney, Pryor, Okla.; Reilly Jones, Darlington, Wis.; Noah Benedict, Mahomet, Ill.; Colton Decker, Vincent, Ohio.
Junior: 1. Hadley Hatler, Winters, Texas; 2. Justin Moser, Westmoreland, Kan.; 3. Abby Repenning, Mitchell, S.D.
Intermediate: 1. Blake Cameron, Kingfisher, Okla.; 2. Judd Hatler, Winters, Texas; 3. Elise Hackett, Tuscola, Ill.
Senior: 1. Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark.; 2. Allysa Fee, Jackson, Tenn.; 3. Kristen Stufft, Lewistown, Pa.
The National Organization of Poll-ettes sponsored the extemporaneous speech contest.
Intermediate: 1. Zachary Frazier, Butler, Pa.; 2. Brady Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; 3. Morgann Gregory, Houstonia, Mo.
Senior: 1. Matt Woolfolk, Columbia, Tenn.; 2. Kristen Stufft, Lewistown, Pa.; 3. Curtis Ezell, St. Joe, Ark.
Peewee: 1. Ethan Hopkins, Winchester, Ind.; 2. Cobie Hufnagel, Luther, Okla.; 3. Jessica Jensen, Courtland, Kan.
Junior: 1. Melissa Grimmel, Jarrettsville, Md.; 2. Cassidy Hufnagel, Luther, Okla.; 3. Braden Mead, Concord, Ark.
Senior: 1. Zachary Hopkins, Winchester, Ind.; 2. Ted Burkitt, Valley Springs, Ark.
Peewee individual: 1. Audrey Nolan, Gilmer, Texas; 2. Kase Renfro, Stephenville, Texas; 3. Logan Marple, Westmoreland, Kan.
Peewee team: 1. Texas--Brody Rogers, Hamilton; Kase and Kade Renfro, Stephenville; and Brynden Andrews, Como.
Junior individual: 1. Jackson Mead, Concord, Ark.; 2. Gabriel Smith, Fredericksburg, Texas; 3. Dalton Cleveland, Pottsboro, Texas.
Junior team: 1. Wyoming--Jessica Middleswarth, Torrington; Ali Briggs, Torrington; Kelley Largent, Kaycee; and Rachael Buzanowski, Pompeys Pillar, Mont.
Intermediate individual: 1. Cheyenne Moyer, Lincoln, Ark.; 2. Rashele Blakley, Oolegah, Okla.; 3. Tyler Heitman, Edgewood, Texas.
Intermediate team: 1. Texas--Jonathan Chachere, Dayton; Jacqueline Rosson, Milford; Tyler Heitmen, Edgewood; and Bethany Nolan, Gilmer.
Senior individual: 1. Eric Schatte, Giddings, Texas; 2. Brandon Martin, Judsonia, Ark.; 3. Seth Leinenbach, Jasper, Ind.
Senior team: 1. Oklahoma--Eddie Seidl, Garber; Latran and Levon Nichols, Ringwood; and Ryan Pullan, Aline.
Adult individual: 1. Cody Washam, Miller, Mo.; 2. Don Sissel, Billings, Mo.; 3. Jeremy Workman, Whiteboro, Texas.
Adult team: 1. Illinois--Jacob Chapman, Ottawa; Kyle McMillan, Ohio; Floyd and Annette Crane, LaSalle.
Teams of four were asked questions about the Hereford industry and animal science.
Champion Junior team: Texas- Shelby and Koby Rogers, Hamilton; Harrison Smith, Gatesville; and Scott Chachere, Dayton
Champion Senior team: Texas- Jessica Coffelt, Whitney; Lukas and Jonathan Chachere, Dayton; and Mallorie Phelps, Grandview
Junior Written Test winner: Miranda Stotz, Skiatook, Okla.
Senior Written Test winner: Lukas Chachere, Dayton, Texas
Teams "sell" an animal to a panel of judges by promoting pedigree information, performance data and visual characteristics of the animal.
Champion Junior team: Texas--Harrison Smith, Gatesville; Josh Dugger, Plano; Jake Humphreys, Grandview
Champion Senior team: Kansas--Cody Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; Tyler and Courtney Schultz, Haviland
Team Fitting (Sponsored by Andis)
A team of three has 30 minutes to fit a heifer for a panel of judges. One member of the team then shows the heifer.
Champion team: Nebraska--Blake and Mitchell Tucker, North Platte and Grady McMahon, Ayr.
Outstanding State Junior Member
Each state with participants at the JNHE can recognize one member with this award.
Alabama: Katlin Mulvaney, Opelika
Arkansas: Curtis Ezell, St. Joe
Colorado: Kevin Ernst, Windsor
Georgia: Kayla Dobb, Talking Rock
Idaho: Georgia Berrett, Melba
Illinois: Sasha McKown, Atlanta
Indiana: Chandis Kottkamp, Clayton
Iowa: Patti Heidt, Lockridge
Kansas Polled: Nicole Rosencutter, Topeka
Kansas Horned: Kimber Evans, Fall River
Maryland: Kyle Lemmon, Manchester
Michigan: Kara Bielema, Ada
Minnesota: Jamie Hanson, Comfrey
Mississippi: Canan McKellar, Como
Missouri: Jocelyn Butler, Republic
Nebraska: Grady McMahon, Ayr
New Jersey: Bryce Gerlach, Far Hills
New York: Robert Church, Hoosick Falls
North Carolina: Mason Blinson, Buies Creek
Ohio: Heather Bradford, St. Marys
Oklahoma: Geoff Andras, Connerville
Pennsylvania: Andre Howe, Wagontown
South Dakota: Kelsey Repenning, Mitchell
Tennessee: Zachery Hopkins, Winchester
Texas: Erick Schmidt, Gonzales
Virginia: Michelle Rhymes, Leesburg
Wisconsin: Danielle Starr, Manawa
Wyoming: Jordan Largent, Kaycee
Champion peewee team: Bulldogs--Korbin Collins, Flanagan; Noah Benedict, Mahomet; Stephen Lorenzen, Georgetown
Champion junior team: Midwest Mayhem--Briana and Rhett Katzenberger, Monroe, Wis., Mariah Katzenberger, Freeport, Ill.; and Tyler Espenscheid, Osceola, Iowa
Champion intermediate team: Montana--Austin Buzanowski, Pomeys Pillar; Taylor Sidwell, Roberts; and Wyatt Uries
Champion senior team: Minnesota--Marty and Michael Delaney, Lake Benton; and Travis Williamson, Garretson, S.D.
Champion adult team: Wisconsin--Eric Katzenburger, Freeport, Ill.; Aaron Katzenburger, Monroe; Jeff Weichert, Cedarsburg
Golden Pitchfork Award
Great American CHB Grill-off
The CHB (Certified Hereford Beef) Grill-off was a new event this year in which each state assembled a team of six members and presented a recipe to a panel of judges. The purpose of the Grill-off is to promote CHB and its benefits to a healthy diet.
Junior: 1. Washington; 2. South Dakota; 3. Oregon.
Adult: 1. Texas; 2. Iowa; 3. Nebraska.
1. Tommie Lynne Mead, Midville, Ga.; 2. Charlsie and Robert Craig, Scandia, Kan.; 3. Nicky Folkman, Ixonia, Wis.