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Beefmaster Juniors Compete in National Contests

SAN ANTONIO – One hundred and seventy two Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and their families traveled to the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La., for the 32nd Annual JBBA Convention and National Show from July 17-23. This week-long event hosted Junior Beefmaster breeders from Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

“The contests in West Monroe were very successful and congratulations to all the exhibitors, we look forward to seeing you next year in Wichita Falls, Texas,” said Matt Woolfolk, Junior Program Coordinator. “Also a huge thank you to our numerous sponsors for supporting the future of the Beefmaster breed. This junior program is possible because of the support from businesses and families.”

During the convention JBBA members elected the following individuals to represent them as the 2016-2017 JBBA Board of Directors and Officers.
  • President: Seth Byers of Decatur, Texas
  • President-Elect: Cristian Samano of Decatur, Texas
  • Secretary: Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas
  • Treasurer: Emily Martin of New Ulm, Texas
  • Reporter: Kane Ozment of Tecumseh, Okla.
  • District 1 Directors: Amelia Buckley of Collins, Miss., and Saige Tassin of Bush, La.
  • District 2 Directors:  Kylee Henderson of Checotah, Okla., and Kodi Stapp of Shawnee, Okla.
  • District 3 Directors: Haley Hartman of Porter, Texas and Nicholas Flanery of New Caney, Texas
  • District 4 Directors: Richard Longoria of Mission, Texas and Sierra Rhodes of Raymondville, Texas
  • District 5 Directors: Coby Pritchett of Combine, Texas and Amanda McCoskey of Simms, Texas

The annual event consisted of several competitions including public speaking, photography, power point presentation, livestock judging and herdsman quiz.

The winners of the public speaking contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Intermediate 1st place – Abigail Hooper, Joaquin, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Saige Tassin, Bush, La.
The winners of the photography contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Cade Horner, Paradise, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Jacqueline Rand, Lindale, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Jarrett Mackie, Lott, Texas
The winners of the power point presentation contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Creed Rand, Lindale, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Jacqueline Rand, Lindale, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Kyle Barnett, Decatur, Texas
The winners of the livestock judging contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Emme Dallmeyer, Ledbetter, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Gabby Eskew, Sealy, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Chelsea Ross, Hooks, Texas
The winners of the herdsman quiz contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Dusti Ozment, Tecumseh, Okla.
  • Intermediate 1st place – Caeden Scherer, Brenham, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Rebecca Herrera, Azle, Texas

The JBBA members also participated in multiple cattle competitions during the week in West Monroe, six different shows took place for members to exhibit their cattle. The six shows included an ultrasound carcass contest, showmanship competition, a bred and owned heifer show, a bred and owned bull show, the E6/Advancer heifer show and the JBBA National Heifer Show.

The winners of the showmanship competition are as follows:
  • Junior Champion – Rhaina Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Junior Reserve Champion – Cutter Lowe, Chester, Texas
  • Intermediate Champion – Payton Herzog, Robinson, Texas
  • Intermediate Reserve Champion – Abigail Hooper, Joaquin, Texas
  • Senior Champion and Pevine Hicks Memorial Champion Showman – Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Senior Reserve Champion – Austin Roebuck, French Camp, Miss.
The winners of the E6/Advancer heifer show are as follows:
  • Champion – McManus 1014 exhibited by Sage McManus, Lake Charles, La.
  • Reserve Champion – Lyssy Ruby exhibited by Ashley Smithey, Mansfield, Texas
The winners of the bred and owned bull show are as follows:
  • Grand Champion Bull – RIB Smooth Lotto exhibited by Reese Wrobleski, Anderson, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Bull – Johnny Ringo exhibited by Andrew Horne, Brenham, Texas
The winners of the ultrasound carcass contest are as follows:
  • Class 1 Heifers – Kyndal Chapin, Elkhart, Texas
  • Class 2 Heifers – Lily Hettinger, Springtown, Texas
  • Class 3 Heifers – Travis Glaser, Rogers, Texas
  • Class 4 Heifers – Emily Paris, Azle, Texas
  • Class 5 Heifers – Lily Hettinger, Springtown, Texas
  • Class 1 Bulls – Cristian Samano, Decatur, Texas
The winners of the bred and owned heifer show are as follows:
  • Grand Champion – Caroline’s Charlotte exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion – Dollie’s Delilah exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
The winners of the JBBA National Heifer Show are as follows:
  • Grand Champion Heifer – Caroline’s Charlotte exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – Layla exhibited by Bennett Janssen, Victoria, Texas

After the heifer show was complete, JBBA members along with their families enjoyed the awards banquet and dance. All winners were announced from the contests and events held throughout the week. Overall awards were given to a JBBA member in each age division, which was determined from points earned throughout the week.

The overall awards were presented to the following JBBA members:
  • Overall Junior – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Overall Intermediate – Abigail Hooper, Joaquin, Texas
  • Overall Senior – Amelia Buckley, Collins, Miss.

Last but not least, two very important awards were presented to the top hand junior member and top hand volunteers. The JBBA Top Hand Award was presented to Seth Byers of Decatur, Texas for all his hard work and passion for the JBBA program. As a recognition of the generous JBBA volunteers, this year the JBBA Helping Hand Award winner was the East Texas/Louisiana Beefmaster Marketing Group. Congratulations to all the JBBA members on a great week and thank you to the volunteers and sponsors for the hard work and support that made this event possible.

Mark your calendars for the 33rd Annual JBBA National Convention and Shows to be held in Wichita Falls, Texas from July 16-22, 2017.

Winner photos and show photos can be viewed online.
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