There's No Bull About This!Published on the Robeson County 4-H Blog
By: Shea Ann DeJarnette
The last 4-H Animal Competition each year at the Robeson County Fair is a mooving experience. That's because it is time for our heifer and steer show, probably the largest animals we have at the fair and the one's you don't want to get underfoot with. This year was one of the largest shows we have had in our history and we were excited to have so many participants.
As will the other shows this one is broken down into showmanship and then a market heifer show, and a market steer show. Since we do not have scales at our fairgrounds large enough to weigh the animals we separate them into divisions based on the age of the animal.
We had one cloverbud showing this year, Noah Beeson who took home a trophy and a five dollars. In the Junior I division which is made up of 9-10 year olds McKenzie Beeson took home the white ribbon while Mary Vorder-Breugge took red, and Hannah Horne went home with the blue ribbon. In the Junior Division 2 which is made up of 11-13 year olds the competition was just as stiff. Madison Adams walked away with third place, Eugenie Vorder-Brugge took home second, while Wyatt Kendall took home the blue ribbon. The judge had a difficult time with the senior division. With eight competitors vying for the first place ribbon our showmen were doing their best to get and keep the judge's attention. When it was all said and done Sable Scott went home with first place, followed by Austin Cameron in second, and Elizabeth Mintz took third. The division was rounded out by; Kacie Beeson, Brittany Needham, Anthony Bullard, Kana Hayashi, and David McInnis.
When it came time for the market show we were able to split the heifers into three divisions. Below is how the divisions broke out.
Beeson, McKenzie with Ernie
Hayashi, Kara with Angie
Needham, Brittany with BlueQ Forever Lady
McInnis, David with BlueQRita 1312
Mintz, Elizabeth with Pistol (8540)
Beeson, Kacie with Dumbo
Vorder Brugge, Mary with Zia
McInnis, David with Moonlite Grace
Beeson, Kacie with Mrs. Caloway
Beeson, McKenzie with Jessie
Horne, Hannah with Ruby 5
Kendall, Wyatt with 012X Caramel
Vorder Brugge, Mary with Tori
Scott, Sable with Annies Calf
Vorder-Bruggee, Eugenie with Queenie
Mintz, Elizabeth with Tori (T24)
Kendall, Wyatt with 27 Brownie
Cameron, Austin with Double C9/18
Adams, Madison with CC 9/24
When it came time for the grand champion drive the top winners from each division were invited into the ring. Elizabeth Mintz with Pistol, Mary Vorder-Brugge with Tori, and Elizabeth Mintz with Tori were vying for the top spot. After a great deal of comparing and looking Elizabeth Mintz with Tori took grand champion which meant Eugenie Vorder-Brugge with Queenie was in the ring to vie for reserve Champion. However it was Tori with Mary Vorder-Brugge who took reserve.
After the Heifer show it is time for the Steer Competition. Steer are male cattle that have been castrated. this year there were four compeititors that compeated in one division. The break down looked something like this:
Bullard, Anthony with Buster
Vorder Brugge, Mary with Gawain
Hayashi, Kana with Bo
Beeson, Kacie with Bullseye
When it was over with since there was only one division Mary Vorder Brugge with Gawain took grand champion while Kana Hayashi with Bo took reserve champion.
Congratulations to all our competitors on a job well done.
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