Local News | Dylan Wagner, Laramie Sexton repeat as top intermediate and junior showmen, Siena Donnelson top senior
When it comes to overall livestock showmanship Dylan Wager and Laramie Sexton can’t be beat. The two claimed the champion intermediate and junior showmanship titles for the second year in a row at this year’s Logan County Fair Round Robin Contest, while senior champion Siena Donnelson was a first time winner.
After proving their skills with their own species, the grand champion and reserve champion winners in the junior (ages 8-10), intermediate (ages 11-13) and senior (ages 14-19) beef, swine, sheep, goat and horse showmanship contests came together Friday to compete to determine who has the best overall showmanship skills.
Competitors started by showing their own animal and then moved around the ring to show each of the other species. As the judges scored competitors they paid close attention to the appearance of the showman, as well as control of the animal by the exhibitor and poise, neatness and coolness of the exhibitor.
“We’ve got some amazing young people that are out there showing,” said round robin superintendent Mike Forester during the contest, pointing out that many of showmen could be seen giving their competitors tips so that they could be just as successful in the round robin as they were at showing their own species.
After the competitors had shown each species and the scores were tabulated Donnelson, Wagner and Sexton came out on top and received a custom banner and blanket.
Reserve champion senior showman was Beau Carlson, reserve intermediate showman was Taylor Tribbett and reserve junior showman was Jaidyn Rose. Each received a custom sign and cup.
Third place winners who received a mouse pad were Ben Walker, senior; Kaitlyn Miller, intermediate and Grace Abrahamson, junior.
Other rankings in the event were:
4th – Cooper Dewitt
5th – Tyla Thomas
6th – Brooke Wagner
7th – Jalyssa Maker
8th – Hallie Lewis
9th – Sarah Maker
4th – Bailey Stromberger
5th – Walker McCormick
6th – Hadley Stull
7th – Reese Lock
8th – Trigg Adels
9th – Ailey Paxton
10th – Trotter Thomas
4th – Blake Walker
5th – Aniston Marostica
6th – Logan Sides
7th – Teagan Mason
8th – Hank Stull
9th – Eli Kilmer
10th – Jax Grove
Judges this year included hose judge Morgan Duncan, who just graduated from Tarleton State University with bachelor’s degree in animal science. She showed horses at the Logan County Fair for a number of years.
Beef judge was Blake Fabrizius. From Carr, he showed goats, cattle and sheep and went on to Northeastern Junior College to compete on the livestock judging team. Having just graduated from NJC, he will now move on to the University of Wyoming to study animal science and be a part of the livestock judging team.
Swine judge was Jordan Kendrick. From Fort Morgan, she was a member of the livestock judging team at NJC and is currently raising Kendrick Club Lambs with her family and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado.
Goat judge was Nolan Krause. He just graduated from Kansas State University and is starting his new ag teaching career at Peetz High School.
Finally, the sheep judge was Jenny Breuer. From Wisconsin, she was active in 4-H and FFA in high school and went on to become a Wisconsin state FFA officer. In college she majored in animal science and minored in dairy science. She has been involved in many different livestock entities.
Breuer moved to Logan County about 10 years ago and is a firefighter and EMT with Sterling Fire Department and also works part-time at D&D Feedlot.