Wisconsin youth showmen earn top honors in WDE Youth Showmanship contest
MADISON A record number of youth from around the world demonstrated their cow handling skills in the show ring during the Youth Showmanship contest at World Dairy Expo on Oct. 5.
An all-time high 424 youth exhibitors competed for top honors in Junior, Intermediate and Senior Showmanship Divisions.
Winning the Junior Division, the W. Terry Howard Award and clippers from Andis Company was Brianna Meyer of Chilton, WI.; the Intermediate Division, the Howard Voegeli Award and clippers from Andis Company were won by Taylor Vander Meulen of Brighton, Ont.; and Mikayla Endres of Lodi, WI, clinched the Senior Division, the Keith King Award and a semen tank courtesy of MVE Cooperative.
The top 15 winners of each division received neck ribbons and medallions from E-Zee Milking Equipment, LLC, and the top ten winners received a cash prize.
Laura Phoenix, Marketing Assistant at KFB Financial Services and co-owner of Far-Row Holsteins, Woodville, Ont., Norm McNaughton, owner of Comrie Farms in London, Ont. and David Crack, Dairy Solutions Director at CIAQ and owner of Crackholm Holsteins, Richmond, Qué, Canada, placed the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions, respectively.
Juniors (Ages 9-12)
Brianna Meyer, Chilton, WI, 1; Kolton Crack, Richmond, Qué., 2; Ava Booth, Plymouth, WI, 3; Mason Ziemba, Durhamville, N.Y., 4; Garrett Ulness, Valders, WI, 5; Amelia Stone, New Palestine, IN, 6; Sara Dorshorst, Marshfield, WI, 7; Lilian Finke, London, OH, 8; Brianne Vandoske, Cleveland, WI, 9; Abigail Ard, Pulaski, WI, 10; Ava Hebgen, Deforest, WI, 11; Morgan Stone, New Palestine, IN, 12; Wyatt Dorshorst, Marshfield, WI, 13; Landree Fraley, Muncy, PA, 14; and Emma Paulson, Columbus, WI, 15.
Intermediate (Ages 13-16)
Taylor Vander Meulen, Brighton, Ont. 1; Savannah Crack, Richmond, Qué., 2; Adele Biasini, Morrisville, VT., 3; Connor Erbsen, Lanark, IL, 4; Julien-Charles Rousseau, Québec, Qué., 5; Zachary Paul, Worden, IL. 6; Hailey Raymond, New Glarus, WI, 7; Ashley Smith, Woodstock, Ont., 8; Brilee Tucker, Edmonton, KY, 9; Cally Finley, Woodville, Ont., 10; Joseph Real, Georgia, VT., 11; Kylie Nickels, Watertown, WI, 12; Jared Abraham, Plymouth, WI, 13; Sierra Omlin, Modesto, CA, 14; and Grace Howe, Waukon, IA, 15.
Senior (Ages 17-20)
Mikayla Endres, Lodi, WI, 1; Ashley Harvey, Stayner, Ont., 2; Rebecca Doble, Cannington, Ont., 3; Mike Podschadly, Armstrong, B.C., 4; Bruce De Ruysscher, Fredrick, MD., 5; Katie Anderson, Victoria, Australia, 6; Kristen Broege, Janesville, WI, 7; Emily Mikel, Stafford, N.Y., 8; Summer Henschel, Chilton, WI, 9; Caitlin Small, Huntington, MA, 10; Alli Walker, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 11; Elizabeth Acel, Glen Rock, PA., 12; T.J. Wingert, Kent, IL., 13; Sandra Krone, Fountainville, PA.; and Lydia Williams, Waterville, N.Y., 15.