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Junior Beefmaster Hosts 34th National Show and Convention

 

BOERNE, TEXAS – More than 200 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members gathered the week of July 15-21, 2018, at the Four States Fairgrounds and Holiday Inn Convention Center in Texarkana, Ark., for a fun-filled week at the 2018 JBBA National Show and Convention.

In addition to the cattle shows, the event also included contests, leadership training, engaging speakers, a live and silent auction fundraiser, family fun night, the annual awards banquet and dance and other exciting activities.

Bonnie Ramirez, JBBA Coordinator, said if she had to describe the week-long event in a few words they would be “An Awesome Experience.”

“Though it was a long, hot and tiring week; the fellowship, fun and comradery experienced was one like no other,” Ramirez said. “I am so proud of the Beefmaster youth. They did great participating in contests, showing their animals, meeting and making new friends, and working. It takes a village to execute an event as such and our youth leaders, adult leaders, volunteers and generous sponsors definitely helped accomplish a successful event. I am proud to be a part of this great association and program.”

Collin Osbourn, BBU Executive Vice President, expressed appreciation for all those that made the event possible.

“We are thankful for everyone who donated their time and resources to make Nationals possible and support the JBBA this year be it through volunteering, donations, or participating in the auction fundraisers,” said Osbourn.

During the convention JBBA members elected the following individuals to represent them as the 2018-2019 JBBA Board of Directors and Officers.

  • President: Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas
  • President Elect: Braylee Mackie of Lott, Texas
  • Secretary: Amanda McCoskey of Simms, Texas
  • Treasurer: Amelia Buckley of Collins, Mississippi
  • Reporter: Caitlin Vargas of Edinburg, Texas
  • District 1 Directors: Brynna Hardin of Sweeny, Texas, and Gracey Leopold of West Columbia, Texas
  • District 2 Directors:  Kodi Stapp of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Kevin Paris of Azle, Texas
  • District 3 Directors: Reece Wrobleski of Anderson, Texas, and Isaiah Madison of New Ulm, Texas
  • District 4 Directors: Victoria Vera of Edinburg, Texas, and Kirstin (Nikki) Brady of Carrizo Springs, Texas
  • District 5 Directors: Camrin Byers of Henrietta, Texas, and Troy Glaser of Rogers, Texas
  • Director at Large: Faith Martin of New Ulm, 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: Braeden Lee of Azle, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Weston Brooks of China, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Saige Tassin of Bush, Louisiana

The winners of the photography contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place: Eli Middleton of Alto, Texas
  • Junior 2nd place: Jackson Pounds of De Leon, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Emerson Dean of Colleyville, Texas
  • Intermediate 2nd place: Sarah Wells of Grapevine, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Mayson Pounds of De Leon, Texas
  • Senior 2nd place: Jarrett Mackie of Lott, Texas

The winners of the power point presentation contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place: Cody Barnett of Decatur, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Bennett Janssen of Victoria, Texas
  • Intermediate 2nd place: Emerson Dean of Colleyville, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Sierra Rhodes of Raymondville, Texas
  • Senior 2nd place: Haley Guerrero of Fayetteville, Texas

The winners of the livestock judging contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place: Cody Barnett of Decatur, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Kortlynn Brantner of Sealy, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Emily Martin of New Ulm, Texas

The winners of the herdsman quiz contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place: Jack Redden of Midway, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Weston Brooks of China, Texas
  • Senior 1st place:  Emily Martin of New Ulm, Texas

JBBA members exhibited their cattle in six different shows over the week, including; an ultrasound carcass contest, showmanship competition, a bred and owned heifer show, a bred and owned bull show, a Beefmaster E6/Advancer heifer show and the JBBA National Heifer Show.

The winners of the showmanship competition are as follows:

  • Junior Champion Showman: Rheagan Karisch of Ellinger, Texas
  • Junior Reserve Champion Showman: Rebekah Eaves of Hooks, Texas
  • Intermediate Champion Showman: Braylee Cowan of Dodd City, Texas
  • Intermediate Reserve Champion Showman: Audrey Field of Celina, Texas
  • Senior and Pevine Hicks Memorial Champion Showman: Rebecca Small of Trinidad, Texas
  • Senior Reserve Champion Showman: Cade Judd of Gilmer, Texas

The winners of the ultrasound carcass contest are as follows:

  • Class 1 Heifers: Cody Barnett of Decatur, Texas
  • Class 2 Heifers: Haley Guerrero of Fayetteville, Texas
  • Class 3 Heifers: Trevor Glaser of Rogers, Texas
  • Class 1 Bulls: Troy Glaser of Rogers, Texas

The winners of the Beefmaster E6/Advancer heifer show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion E6/Advancer Heifer: Lyssy’s Iggy owned by Kaylee Beason of Rockdale, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion E6/Advancer Heifer: Shadow owned by Jacob Kolwes of Bellville, Texas

The winners of the Bred and Owned Bull Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull: BMW Cain Express owned by Bodie, Wrobleski of Anderson, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull: Emmons Shiner Britches owned by Raegan, Emmons of Fairfield, Texas

The winners of the Bred and Owned Heifer Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Bred and Owned Heifer: WR Melania owned by Shawn Skaggs of DeLeon, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Heifer: SM Sweet Dream owned by Mallorie Touvell of Lake Charles, Louisiana

The winners of the JBBA National Heifer Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Heifer: BR Selena owned by Amelia Buckley of Collins, Mississippi
  • Reserve Grand Champion Heifer: WR Melania owned by Shawn Skaggs of DeLeon, Texas

Friday evening, JBBA members and their families enjoyed a relaxing evening at the annual banquet and dance. Contest and event winners from throughout the week were announced and received awards. All-Around Champions were determined from points earned throughout the week were also awarded in each age division. The All-Around Champions are awarded on the basis of accumulated points in the National Junior Heifer Show, Bred-and-Owned Show, Judging Contest, Public Speaking Contest, Herdsman Quiz, Leadership Conference (Intermediate & Seniors only), and Showmanship Contest. The top ten in each age division received a buckle while the top two individuals in the junior and intermediate division and the top three in the senior division each received a buckle and a $1,000 certificate towards the purchase of an animal or if a graduating senior, they may use it towards college tuition.

The All-Around Champions Awards were presented to the following JBBA members:

  • All-Around Junior: Cayden Carpenter of Shawnee, Oklahoma (Received a buckle and $1,000 heifer certificate)
  • All-Around Intermediate: Braylee Cowan of Dodd City, Texas (Received a buckle and $1,000 heifer certificate)
  • All-Around Senior: Emily Martin of New Ulm, Texas (Received a buckle and $1,000 heifer certificate)

In addition to contest awards, several scholarships were awarded to the following senior JBBA members:

  • Brian L. Murphy Memorial Scholarship ($1,800/semester): Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas
  • JBBA Scholarships ($500): Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas, Saige Tassin of Bush, Louisiana, Amelia Buckley of Collins, Mississippi, and Reid Lovorn of Como, Texas
  • Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) Scholarship: Caitlin Vargas of Edinburg, Texas, Reid Lovorn of Como, Texas, Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas, Amelia Buckley of Collins, Mississippi, Seth Byers of Muleshoe, Texas, and Rebecca Small of Trinidad, Texas
  • Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewoman Scholarship: Nicole Thomas, Reid Lovorn of Como, Texas, Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas, Cory Sinkule of Abbott, Texas and Amelia Buckley of Collins, Mississippi
  • Kenneth Lewis and Robert Miles Memorial JBBA Scholarship: Reid Lovorn of Como, Texas, and Amelia Buckley of Collins, Mississippi
  • East Texas/Louisiana Marketing Group Scholarship: Caitlin Vargas of Edinburg, Texas, Reid Lovorn of Como, Texas, Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas, Amelia Buckley of Collins, Mississippi, and Saige Tassin of Bush, Louisiana

This year, a new award was instituted called the WorkHorse Award, was presented by the BBU staff to Reece Wrobleski of Anderson, Texas.

“The WorkHorse Award is a staff sponsored and selected award to honor an individual that demonstrates a great work ethic, who willingly goes above and beyond what their responsibilities call for,” said Dusty Pendergrass, BBU Eastern Field Representative. “Not only does it call for dedication throughout the week of junior nationals but throughout the year.”

Finally, the JBBA Top Hand Award was presented to Madison Emily Lee of Sealy, Texas. This award is similar to the BBU Breeder-of-the-Year Award, as it recognizes the JBBA member that participates in JBBA and BBU programs and is involved in building their herd and marketing their cattle.

In recognition of outstanding JBBA volunteers’ service, dedication, time, and support to the JBBA progrm, the JBBA Helping Hand Awards were presented to Allison Wells and Darrell Glaser.

“I am proud to call Allison and Darrell friends because of JBBA,” said Casey Ballard, previous JBBA Adult Committee chair and current member. “They earned their names on this award – an award that is very special to this program. Lots of deserving individuals and organizations have won the Helping Hand Award over the years. I can not think of anyone else that has worked as hard for this program as Allison, Darrell and their families.”

Ramirez said both recipients are extremely passionate about the JBBA program.

“I have only been with BBU/JBBA for seven months, but within my first couple of months with the program I could tell how passionate both Allison and Darrell were about the youth,” Ramirez said. “Their dedication was undeniable.”

The BBU Staff and JBBA Board of Directors would like to thank all those that made this year’s event possible and congratulate all the participants. They look forward to next year’s 35th Annual JBBA National Convention and Show to be held in Belton, Texas, July 21-26, 2019.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United and its Junior Program please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Visit the website to download candid event photos and winner photos. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Instagram, view our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, as well as receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

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Beefmaster Breeders United (www.beefmasters.org), located in San Antonio, Texas, is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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