From Wisconsin to Colorado, and everywhere in between, Tennessee juniors have traveled far and wide this summer attending National Junior cattle shows across the country. These week-long events involve not only exhibiting cattle but also include various leadership contests as well. To say the least, preparing to attend a junior nationals requires a lot of time and preparation. The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association would like to take the time to recognize and congratulate these juniors.
Tennessee was represented at the 2018 National Junior Angus Show in Madison, WI by 14 juniors exhibiting 28 head. The group won the Herdsmanship award for states with 16-30 head and placed 3rd in the best 5 head bred and owned state group. Chas Rowlett represented TN in showmanship and was honorable mention. Shelley Rowlett won the intermediate skillathon and several scholarships. Annie Meier was Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull. Tennessee was well represented at the NJAS.
The 2018 American International Junior Charolais Association (AICJA) Junior Nationals ‘Pasture of Dreams’ was held June 17th – 22nd in Des Moines, Iowa. Tennessee was proudly represented by 6 juniors. Katie Smith, Taylor Cantrell, Eliza Weiberg, Grace Weiberg, Walynn Maupin, and William Thomas Maupin. Tennessee competed in team events; quiz bowl, team fitting contest and earned honors of State Herdsmanship with 10 or less head. Consider joining Tennessee Junior Charolais Association and participating in the 2019 AICJA Junior Nationals ‘Showdown in Cowtown’ June 16-21, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tennessee Junior Chianina and Maine exhibitors traveled to Grand Island, NE to attend “The Grand Fiesta,” the annual Junior National show. The exhibitors included Chas, Kaylee, and Avery Rowlett, and Katie Plowman. The juniors were very successful in Grand Island. Throughout the week they competed in different contests and showed six head of cattle. They had 4 class winners, 1 second, 1 division champion, 2 reserve division champions, and 3rd Overall ChiAngus heifer. Tennessee juniors are looking forward to next year’s junior nationals where they will “Double Down in Des Moines, Iowa!”
For many juniors, the highlight of the show season is Junior Nationals. The anticipation and hard work put in for months and months all builds up for that one-week long show. This year’s Junior National Hereford Exposition was held in Grand Island, Nebraska June 30th through July 7th. Tennessee had 11 juniors participate with a total of 22 head placing as high as second in their class amongst tough competition. Tennessee juniors not only competed in the show but also competed in showmanship, the CHB cook off, livestock judging, and scholarship interviews. Join the Tennessee Juniors for the 2019 Junior National Hereford Exposition in Denver, CO July 6- 13, 2019!
Six Tennessee juniors attended the 2018 National Junior Limousin Show & Congress in Denver, Colorado. Four of the six Juniors exhibited 11 head throughout the week. The four Juniors that showed were Cameron Bryant, Meghan Madewell, Jake Ozburn, and Abby Tipton. Cameron Bryant’s heifer both placed 3rd in their respective classes, and she won a $500 scholarship from the North American Limousin Junior Association. Meghan Madewell won 2nd place in class with her Bred and Owned Limflex bull. Jake Ozburn had a 3rd overall division and a 5th place in class in the Limflex show and a reserve division and 2nd in class in the purebred show. Ozburn won 4th overall in speech contest, 5th overall in the photo contest and 6th overall in showmanship in the novice division. Abby Tipton had a 3rd overall division win in the Limflex show and had a reserve division in the Bred and Owned Limousin show. Tipton also was 4th overall in the livestock judging contest. The Tennessee fitting team made the top 3 out of 15 fitting teams. All 6 of the Juniors had lots of fun and made many memories during the 2018 National Junior Limousin Show & Congress.
Mary Ali Oliver, Ethan and Jacob Bell, and Andrew, Annie, and Alyssa Meier represented Tennessee at the North American Junior Red Angus Event held in Hutchison, KS June 17-23, 2018. The group had a successful showing across the board. Andrew Meier claimed Reserve Champion Junior Showmen honors, along with exhibiting Champion Bred and Owned Bull and 3rd Overall Bred and Owned Heifer. Jacob Bell exhibited the Reserve Bred and Owned Female. Annie Meier was selected as the 5th Overall Junior Showmen. Mary Ali Oliver claimed high individual honors in the livestock judging contest. The Red Angus juniors are looking forward to next year’s event in Grand Island, NE.
The 2018 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference, ’50 Years Under the Big Top,’ was held June 26- July 1 in Madison, WI. Tennessee was represented by Murray Perkins, Buchanan, TN and Samantha Reese, Petersburg, TN. Perkins and Reese participated in a variety of leadership contests throughout the week and each exhibited two head of cattle. Perkins placed in the top five in the speech, cattlemen’s quiz, and graphic design contests. Reese placed in the top five in the photography and digitally enhance photography contests. In addition to his success in various contests, Perkins also exhibited the Grand Champion Purebred Market Steer at the 50th Annual National Junior Shorthorn Show. Just as the show’s theme suggests, it was indeed a BIG week under the BIG top!
Tennessee had four junior members competing in various contests at the Simmental Junior Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cole Ledford, Walker Housley, Lexi Housley, and Emily Ivey brought home many awards and honors. Cole Ledford was 20th overall Intermediate participant in the Genetic Evaluation Quiz. Emily Ivey had 11th overall Bred and Owned Purebred heifer, 19th overall Bred and Owned Percentage heifer, 20th overall Senior in Livestock Judging, 7th overall Senior in Public Speaking, 9th overall Senior in Genetic Evaluation Quiz, and was named the 15th overall Senior participant. Lexi Housley participated in the AJSA Photography contest. Walker Housley was 1st overall Junior in Livestock Judging, 1st overall Junior in Cattlemens’ Quiz, 3rd overall Junior in Genetic Evaluation Quiz, 6th overall Junior in Sales Talk, 9th overall Junior in Public Speaking, and 17th overall Junior in Showmanship. He was named the top overall Junior and brought home the coveted Swiss Bell award. It was a fun and successful week for Tennessee members. We look forward to next year!
Congratulations to these juniors! Way to represent Tennessee well!