Youth beef exhibitors earn honors through BEST


MARYSVILLE, Ohio — More than 400 people celebrated the 2010-2011 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program June 4 at its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

More than 415 head of cattle and more than 310 youth were entered in the program this year that featured 16 sanctioned shows.

Angus: grand champion heifer, Kerrie Miller, Auglaize Co.; reserve heifer, Brook Roberts, Morrow Co.; grand champion steer, Brook Roberts, Morrow Co.; reserve steer, Tyler Cooper, Morrow Co.

All Other Breeds: grand champion heifer, Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co.; reserve heifer, Meghan Burge, Wayne Co.; grand champion steer, Clay Foor, Licking Co.; reserve steer, Cole Hiser, Greene Co.

Chianina: grand champion heifer, Lydia Dance, Highland Co.; reserve heifer, Megan Hunt, Darke Co.; grand champion steer, Hali Lake, Greene Co.; reserve steer, Clayton Wildermuth, Shelby Co.

Crossbred: grand champion heifer, Molly Spohn, Jackson Co.; reserve heifer, Jonathon Hannahs, Knox Co.; grand champion steer, Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co.; reserve steer, Jessica Harsh, Delaware Co.; third steer, Amber Shoemaker, Stark Co.; fourth steer, Jacob Jones, Brown Co.; fifth steer, Carson Shafer, Preble Co.; TIE fifth steer, Kylee Shafer, Preble Co.; TIE sixth steer, Madison Clark, Miami Co.; TIE sixth steer, Emma Printz, Darke Co.; TIE seventh steer, Andrew Armstrong, Clark Co.; eighth steer, Clayton Wildermuth, Shelby Co.; TIE eighth steer, Carter Smith, Holmes Co.; TIE ninth steer, Clay Foor, Licking Co.; 10th steer, Amber Shoemaker, Stark Co.

Hereford: grand champion heifer, Kayla Alexander, Clinton Co.; reserve heifer, Meredith Oglesby, Highland Co.; grand champion steer, Samantha Norman, Fulton Co.; reserve steer, Skylar Plank, Clark Co.

Maine-Anjou/Maintainer: grand champion heifer, Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co.; reserve heifer, Madison Jones, Brown Co.; grand champion MaineTainer heifer, Jordan Gilbert, Darke Co.; reserve MaineTainer heifer, Sarah Simpson, Brown Co.; grand champion Maine-Anjou steer, Austin Trbovich, Carroll Co.; reserve Maine-Anjou steer, Caleb Potter, Jackson Co.

Shorthorn: grand champion heifer, Megan Hunt, Darke Co.; reserve heifer, Morgan Moore, Portage Co.; grand champion steer, Nathan Cavanaugh Jr., Portage County reserve steer, Keaton Cunningham, Wyandot Co.; grand champion, ShorthornPlus heifer, Madison Jones, Brown Co.; reserve, ShorthornPlus heifer, Jerisyn Gilliam, Clark Co.; grand champion, ShorthornPlus steer, Richard Bolden, Huron Co.; reserve, ShorthornPlus steer, Logan Trbovich, Carroll Co.

Simmental: grand champion heifer, Kady Davis, Carroll Co.; reserve heifer, Allison Davis, Carroll Co.; grand champion, % Simmental Heifer, Jamie Limes, Wood Co.; reserve, % Simmental Heifer, Dylan Johnson, Morrow Co.

Market: grand champion steer, Malania Birney, Jefferson Co.; reserve steer, Cole Wildermuth, Shelby Co.; grand champion heifer, Grant McIntosh, Brown Co.; reserve heifer, Austin Schneder, Clinton Co.

Novice champions: Heifers: Champion, Derek Platfoot, Mercer Co. reserve, Demi Powers, Fulton Co. third, Desirae Barker, Butler Co. fourth, Cole Liggett, Tuscarawas Co., fifth; Champion, novice steer, Nathan Cavanaugh Jr., Portage Co.; reserve, Keaton Cunningham, Wyandot Co.; third, Carson Shafer, Preble Co.; fourth, Emma Printz, Darke Co.; fifth, T.J. Birney, Jefferson Co.

Bred & Owned Champions: Heifers: Champion, Jerisyn Gilliam, Greene Co.; reserve, Brook Roberts, Morrow Co.; steers champion,, Brook Roberts, Morrow Co. reserve, Payten Boring, Holmes Co.

Novice showmanship: Champion, Mackenzie Dore, Delaware Co.; reserve, Natalie Wagner, Brown Co.; third, Ashley Peter, Defiance Co.; fourth, Devin Coon, Jackson Co.; fifth, Ashley Buell, Licking Co.; sixth, Austin Garner, Butler Co.; seventh, Larkyn Parry, Highland Co.; eighth, Zach Meyer, Mercer Co.; ninth, Keaton Potter, Jackson Co.; 10th, Derek Platfoot, Mercer Co.

Beginner: Champion, Madison Jones, Brown Co.; reserve, Allison Davis, Carroll Co.; third, Darcy Howser, Brown Co.; fourth, Dalton Black, Adams Co.; fifth, Tanner Northrup, Ottawa Co.; sixth, Hunter Smith, Holmes Co.; seventh, Tori Neff, Ross Co.; eighth, Maverick Pugh, Stark Co.; ninth, Case Barton, Holmes Co.; 10th, Erika Scott, Portage Co.

Junior: Champion, Lydia Dance, Highland Co.; reserve, Curtis Harsh, Delaware Co.; third, Kady Davis, Carroll Co.; fourth, Hannah Topmiller, Warren Co.; fifth, Hope Tira, Highland Co.; sixth, Abbie Collins, Montgomery Co.; seventh, Jacob Jones, Brown Co.; eighth, Meredith Oglesby, Highland Co.; ninth, Clay Foor, Licking Co.; 10th, Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co.

Intermediate: Champion, Jessica Harsh, Delaware Co.; reserve, Sarah Simpson, Brown Co.; third, Jonathon Hannahs, Knox Co.; fourth, Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co.; fifth, Logan Trbovich, Carroll Co.; sixth, Brittany Conkey, Defiance Co.; seventh, Austin Schneder, Clinton Co.; eighth, Will Harsh, Delaware Co.; ninth, Karen Hiltbrand, Butler Co.; 10th, Caleb Potter, Jackson Co.

Senior: Champion, Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co.; reserve, Dwight Hamilton, Highland Co.; third, Kayla Alexander, Clinton Co.; fourth, Kylee Shafer, Preble Co.; fifth, Dylan Johnson, Morrow Co.; sixth, Brittanie Poole, Carroll Co.; seventh, Desirae Barker, Butler Co.; eighth, Richard Bolden, Huron Co.; ninth, Amber Shoemaker, Stark Co.; 10th, Jacob Ruffing, Seneca Co.

Youth scholarships

Three BEST participants each received a $1,000 college scholarship, based on academics and extracurricular activities and not on show ring winnings.

Recipients were: Brandon Klehm of Stark County, who is planning to attend the Ohio State University in the fall; Jordan Gilbert of Darke County, who also plans to attend Ohio State University; and Colton Kreager, who currently attends OSU.

Prize winners

Another part of the BEST program awards included free use for the 2011-2012 BEST season of a livestock trailer complete with BEST logo detailing. Eby Trailer donated the lease, and Austin Schneder of Clinton County won when his name was drawn from the raffle drum containing more than 3,000 names.

Participants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for every animal that was nominated for the program and for every animal that they showed at each show throughout the season. Gift Certificate Winner
Jeffrey Murphy of Tuscarawas County won a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of his next show animal from an OCA member. This special drawing was for BEST participants in attendance at the banquet that were not winning one of the top division awards.

In addition, Lane Saxour, Jackson Co.; Meghan Reed, Sandusky Co.; and Garrett Stanfield, Adams Co., each won a $100 gas card and Whitney Smith, Defiance Co., won a free show pass valued at over $700.

Brittany Conkey of Defiance County won an aluminum grooming chute donated by R & R Fabrication by Design. Luke Durbin of Tuscarawas County won a digital livestock scales donated by Tru-Test livestock scales.

BEST Participants participated in a community service project collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. In all, BEST youth gathered nearly 1,100 pounds of tabs. Leading the drive were Matthew Randolph, Jefferson Co., Taylor Frazier of Jackson Co., and Colleen Minges, Butler Co. Each received a new iPod touch for their efforts.

Jefferson County was also recognized for their efforts as the winning county.

Essay, photo contests

An additional feature to the BEST program is an essay contest. In the junior division, first place went to Sarah Harner of Greene County and second place went to Natalie Wagner of Brown County. The intermediate division winner was Sarah Johnson of Pickaway County and Jessica Harsh of Delaware County wrote the second place essay. The senior division was won by Colton Kreager of Licking County and second place was written by Brandon Klehm of Stark County.

Photography contest winners included: In the Beginner Division, first and second place went to Darcy Howser of Brown County. The junior division winner was Natalie Wagner of Brown County, second place honors went to Desirae Logsdon of Fairfield County and third place was won by Austin Buhrow of Ottawa County.

The intermediate division winner included: Dara Howser, Brown County. Katie Frey of Williams County took the first and second place honors from the senior division.

The Editor’s Choice award went to Katie Frey, and Steve Johnson from the adult division won the Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention Award. During the BEST awards banquet, new junior representatives for the 2011-2012 season were announced, they are Sarah Simpson of Brown County; Sarah Johnson, Pickaway County; and Jessica Harsh, Delaware County. New BEST committee members include Brandon Corry, Mark Hara, Lauren Fehlan, Martin Overholt and Sally Puzacke.


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