Kansas youth excel at Junior Shorthorn event
Junior Shorthorn enthusiasts from 24 states competed in the 2013 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Conference in Des Moines, Iowa during June 24 to 29. Kansas made a good showing with 10 exhibitors and 24 cattle present to add to the total of 415 exhibitors and 718 cattle at the show.
These juniors not only competed with their animals, but had the opportunity to compete in individual, team, or state contests including: Arts and Crafts, Photography, Promotional Poster, Speech, Quiz Bowl, Livestock Judging, Showmanship, Team Salesmanship, Team Fitting, Beef Cook-Off, State Herdsmanship and State Basket.
“Besides the exhibition of a great set of Shorthorn cattle by the juniors, this event provides excellent educational and leadership opportunities for members, family and friends,” said Montie Soules, executive secretary of the American Shorthorn Association.
A total of 566 head of cattle were exhibited at the Iowa State Fairgrounds competing in eight different shows. Wes Hudson of Arkansas, and associate judge Todd Herman of Oklahoma, evaluated the Owned Purebred Shorthorn Heifer Show. Evaluating the Bred and Owned Females, ShorthornPlus Females, Purebred Cow/Calf Pairs, ShorthornPlus Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred & Owned Bulls, Purebred Steers and ShorthornPlus Steers was Scott Werning of South Dakota.
Kansas youth took home several prizes in the cattle show.
Owned female show
Fourth overall champion female distinction went to CF COUNTESS 252 TP X ET, shown by Cole Clanton, Bucyrus, Kan. This March 2012 female is a daughter of CF TRUMP X and SULL RED COUNTESS 8007 ET 7/8. Clanton’s female was also the reserve division V champion female.
Division III reserve champion was KOLT Gentry 363 ET, shown by Andrew Hodges, Lebo, Kan.
The Grand Champion was awarded to KOLT WW Lucky 15, shown by Andrew Hodges.
Exercising their public speaking skills were contestants in the speech contest. The objective of the contest is to give a prepared or extemporaneous speech based on the topic of Shorthorns or the cattle industry. The speeches are judged based on organizations, presentation, language usage, poise and eye contact, time and the quality of answer provided when the judges have the opportunity to ask questions.
Intermediate age division, (13 to 16 years) was fifth, Jacob Nikkel, McPherson, Kan.
Showing their skills in the show ring were contestants in the showmanship contest. The objective of the contest is to give exhibitors the opportunity to show their talents of exhibiting their animal to the best of their ability.
Senior age division (17 to 21 years) was fourth, Cole Clanton, Bucyrus, Kan.
Doing their best to convince prospective buyers (the judges) to purchase their animal were competitors in the team salesmanship contest. The senior division was given a scenario where they were to choose a bull to sell to a panel of judges. They selected a bull to use within a cow herd based on pedigree of the bull and needs of the “buyer.” The intermediate and prospector I and II divisions had the objective to sell an animal they had brought to the show. Judging was based on speaking participation of team members, poise and skill in the presentation, teamwork, appearance of the animal and overall effect of the sell.
In the intermediate, first was awarded to Jacob Nikkel, McPherson, and Taylor Nikkel, Maple Hill, Kan.
One of the most competitive events of the week is the team fitting contest. The objective of the contest is for each group of three to show their ability to fit and present an animal using teamwork, technique, and skills in a 20 minute time limit. Judging criteria is based on both fitting techniques, teamwork and end presentation.
In the intermediate division, third, Ben Nikkel, McPherson, Kan.; Jake Nikkel; and Taylor Nikkel, Maple Hill, Kan.
Tayler Bacon, Powhattan, Kan., was a member of the fifth place intermediate team.
Throughout the week as juniors exhibited their animals to the best of their ability and competed in individual contests such as photography, promotional poster, arts, speech, herdsman quiz and showmanship, and team contests such as beef cook-off, and team fitting contest and state contests of herdsmanship and basket. They accumulated points for participating and placing in these events. A grand total is compiled from these contests and then five High Point individuals are recognized based on their age divisions.
In the Intermediate age division, (13 to 16 years) was fifth, Jacob Nikkel, McPherson, Kan.
Not only do the Shorthorn Juniors have to take care of their cattle everyday, but they also practice good herdsmanship. The youth help sweep the alleys, clean up after the cattle and help with the overall appearance. The creativeness of the stalls was decorated by the juniors by hanging school colors and paraphernalia from the state’s college up in the stalls to promote this year’s theme. The contest was judges on: organization of tack, stall card quality, upkeep of stalls and bedding, cooperation and teamwork, and care and appearance of cattle.
For states with 13 to 35 head, Kansas was second.
This year, 95 American Junior Shorthorn Association members applied for seven of the scholarships sponsored by the American Shorthorn Association and the Shorthorn Foundation. The Duckett Scholarship was adopted by the Shorthorn Foundation in memory of Jesse M. and Jeanie S. Duckett and their contributions to the Shorthorn breed. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior or college freshman based upon the applicants’ involvement in agriculture, educational background, ACT scores, and high school and/or college GPA. The Jesse M. and Jennie S. Duckett Scholarship was awarded to Megan Ewell, of Randolph, Kan.
Ewell, 17, is the daughter of Allen and Allesa Ewell of Randolph, Kan. She acquired a passion for agriculture after moving from the suburbs of Maryland to Kansas at age 13. Her appreciation for the livestock industry and Shorthorn breed was launched when her family started a small herd of Shorthorns after the move to Kansas. She has been active in all aspects of the establishment of the herd which has been a catalyst for her future plan, to become a veterinarian. She attends Kansas State University where she is majoring in animal science, pre-veterinary. She has been accepted into the early admission program at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she will further her education upon completion of her undergraduate degree.