MURFREESBORO, TN—The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) recognized nearly 30 youth members for their success in the first year of the Tennessee’s Top Tier point circuit. The winners were recognized at the Alltech/Kubota Youth Awards Banquet during the 34th Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro on Jan. 25.
The Tennessee’s Top Tier program was created by TCA to increase youth involvement at cattle shows across the state and to create more opportunities for agriculture youth to be recognized. The program has been widely successful in its first year.
“We started the Tennessee’s Top Tier program with merely the intention to encourage involvement at cattle shows across the state and reward youth in the cattle industry,” said Melinda Perkins, TCA Director of Youth Programs and Outreach. “The response we have received from the exhibitors and others has been phenomenal.”
Participants can receive points in three areas which includes a heifer, steer, and showmanship division. To receive points, exhibitors must be youth members of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association.
“I believe the Tennessee Top Tier program has had a positive impact on the involvement of youth exhibiting cattle,” said Samantha Roberts, Top Tier winner. “I have witnessed a great amount of youth participation this past year compared to other years.”
The following were the top five winners in each division, listed from first to fifth. Top five heifer exhibitors: Dylan Inman, Decatur County; Samantha Roberts, McMinn County; Kayla Jackson, Wilson County; Kabry Tinin, Lawrence County; Morgan Riley, Williamson County. Top five steer exhibitors: Murray Perkins, Henry County; Wyatt Haley, Williamson County; Samantha Roberts, McMinn County; Parker Saum, McNairy County; Kendra Cornelius, McMinn County. Top five Senior Plus Showmen: Kayla Jackson, Wilson County; Morgan Lehnert, Lawrence County; Chas Rowlett, Gibson County; Emily Ivey, Loudon County. Top five Senior Showmen: Murray Perkins, Henry County; Dylan Inman, Decatur County; Samantha Roberts, McMinn County; Grant Funderburk, Decatur County; Shelley Rowlett, Weakley County. Top five Junior High Showmen: Morgan Riley, Williamson County; Lila Sims, Humphreys County; Foster Wingler, Rutherford County; Maggie Lamon, Giles County; Kendra Cornelius, McMinn County. Top five Junior Showmen: Kabry Tinin, Lawrence County; Mary Carter Shirley, White County; Kylie Cornelius, McMinn County; Avery Rowlett, Wayne County; Evan Jackson, Benton County.
“The Top Tier program was a great addition to the Tennessee Cattlemen’s youth program. It attracted more people to the shows and really increased the competition,” said Morgan Riley, Top Tier winner. “It was also nice to be rewarded for all the hard work we put in throughout the whole year. It showed that hard work truly does pay off.”
Year two of Tennessee’s Top Tier program is now underway. Rules and a full list of shows on the points circuit can be found online at, tncattle.org/youth.
TCA is committed to the future of the beef cattle industry in Tennessee.
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