Rocky View County, AB – The Canadian Junior Angus Association is pleased to announce the winners from Showdown 2014, held in July. Most awards were presented at the banquet on July 19th in Virden, Manitoba.
There were 15 competitions in that Juniors were able to enter plus the grand aggregate awards and the Spirit of Youth Award.
(Photos courtesy of Canadian Angus Association)
To compete for this award, Juniors must compete in at least eight of the 14 Showdown competitions. These include: conformation, showmanship, literature, sales talk, card judging, scrapbook, photography, art, graphic design, team grooming, farm sign, team judging, print marketing and public speaking. They receive aggregate points based on participation and how they place in all competitions. At the end of all the competitions, the individual with the most points is named the grand aggregate for the year. The grand aggregates are presented with a shiny buckle at the final Showdown banquet.
This year, the junior division (ages 9–12) winner was Hillary Sauder and reserve was Baxter Blair. The intermediate division (ages 13–16) winner was Jarret Hargrave and reserve winner was Meghan McGillivray. The senior division (ages 17–21) was won by Jennifer Jermey and reserve was Chad Lorenz.
Print Marketing participants are required to make a print ad at Showdown with materials supplied by the Canadian Junior Angus Association. Participants in the junior division can promote anything that they like with their ad and participants in the intermediate and senior divisions had to design a new logo for the Canadian Junior Angus Association.
In the junior division (ages 9–12) the winner was Hillary Sauder and Baxter Blair was the reserve champion.
In the intermediate division (ages 13–16) the champion was Meghan MvGillivray and the reserve champion was Kendra Topham.
The senior division (ages 17–21) champion was Raina Syruyk and Keltey Whelen took home the reserve champion award.
Juniors that compete in the Sales Talk Competition prepare a sales pitch that is presented to a judge. This year the topic that the senior Juniors had to focus on was selling a bull or semen from a bull. Juniors are judged on their professionalism, originality and marketing skills.
In the junior division (ages 9–12) champion went to Coy Gibson and the reserve champion was Baxter Blair.
Moving to the intermediate division (ages 13–16) was won by Kodie Doetzel and Chris Jermey was the reserve champion winner.
In the senior division (ages 17–21) Jennifer Jermey took home the grand champion and Chad Lorenz was reserve.
Showmanship is judged separately from the Conformation competition. Participants were judged on their showmanship skills, including presentation of themselves and how their animal is shown. The competition is dry brush only; use of glue is prohibited.
In the Junior division (ages 9–12) champion was awarded to Baxter Blair and reserve was won by Levi Best.
In the intermediate division (ages 13–16) Maci Liebreich was the champion and reserve went to Laurie Morasch.
Champion in the senior division (ages 17–21) was Matt Bates and reserve was Chad Lorenz.
Participants in the Judging Cards competition are required to judge a class of four heifers on the traits you look for in a quality female. They are marked on their placing as well as their reasons for placing the class the way that they did.
In the junior division (ages 9–12) Baxter Blair was the champion and reserve went to Hillary Sauder.
The intermediate division (ages 13–16) grand champion went to Laurie Morasch and reserve was won by Cheyenne Catley.
In the senior division (ages 17–21) Michaela Chalmers won grand champion and Nicholas Bray was the reserve champion.
Show Ring Team Judging
To compete in this event, participants had to place in the top six placing for their age division after the Card Judging Competition was over. The top six were then randomly placed on teams and competed in team judging. Team judging competitors are evaluated on their ability to judge a class of bred heifers. During the competition, the acting judge is judged on their placing of the class as well as their ability to present reasons over the microphone. The ring person is judged on their ability to keep the cattle organized and in good order in the ring.
The champion team in the junior division (ages 9–12) was won by Baxter Blair and Hillary Sauder and the reserve champions were Laura Glover and Taron Topham.
In the intermediate division (ages 13–16) the champion team was Naomi Best and Mikayla Blaschuck. Taylor Carvey and Cheyenne Catley were the reserve champion team.
Champions in the senior division (ages 17–21) were Chad Lorenz and Nicholas Bray and the reserve champion team was Michaela Chalmers and Shane Roger.
Team grooming participants are judged on their ability to prepare a calf for showing within 15 minutes. They are also judged on their teamwork and level of knowledge on the importance of preparing the animal for showing. The Juniors are responsible for finding their own partner and animal to groom.
The junior division (ages 9–12) champion team was comprised of Hillary Sauder and Coy Gibson. The reserve champion team was John Hogberg and Carson Leibreich.
The champion intermediate (ages 13–16) team was won by Cheyenne Catley and Brianna Kimmel and reserve champion went to Lauren and Maguire Blair.
In the senior division (ages 17–21) the champion team grooming was won by Raina Syrnyk and Nichalas Bray. The reserve team was Becky Domolewski and Chad Lorenz.
Participants in the Photography Competition submitted an Angus themed photo, which included animals, scenery, or animals and people. Winners were determined based on clarity, quality and subject matter. Grant Rolston and his wife Lauralee were the judges this year.
In the junior division (ages 9–12) the grand champion was Hillary Sauder and Dana Holmstrom was the reserve winner.
The intermediate division (ages 13–16) champion was awarded to Riley Ingram and reserve was won by Laurie Morasch.
In the senior division (ages 17–21) Breanna Anderson was the grand champion and reserve was Traci Henderson.
Juniors partaking in the Literature Competition compose a poem, essay, story or any other type of literature and submit it for judging at Showdown. The Literature is required to have an agriculture theme. The entries are judged based on their use of proper grammar, creativity, and quality of writing.
In the junior division (ages 9–12), champion was awarded to Alice Rooke and reserve was won by Hillary Sauder.
In the intermediate division (ages 13–16), champion went to Nolan Glover and Jarrett Hargrave won the reserve champion.
In the senior division (age 17–21), Alexis DeCorby was the grand champion and reserve was Kaitlynn Bolduc.
At Showdown there are 15 different competitions that Juniors can enter. Juniors that choose to compete in the Art competition prepare a piece of art at home and bring it to Showdown for judging. The pieces of art vary from drawn pictures to welding projects. They are judged according to their uniqueness, quality, and beauty.
In the junior division (ages 9–12), champion went to Coy Gibson and reserve went to Carson Liebreich.
The intermediate division (ages 13–16) was won by Owen Chalmers and Nolan Glover took home reserve champion.
In the senior division (ages 17–21), Kaitlynn Bolduc and Becky Domolewski were grand and reserve champion respectively.
Participants in the Scrapbook competition create a scrapbook at home before the show and submit it for judging once they arrive. The books are judged on their creativity and originality. All of the entries were very well done and there was a lot of time and effort put into them by the Juniors
In the junior division (ages 9–12) the winner was Hillary Sauder and Taron Topham was the reserve champion.
In the intermediate division (ages 13–16) Meghan McGillivray was named the grand champion and Brianna Kimmel was the reserve champion.
In the senior division (ages 17-21) champion scrapbook was awarded to Miranda Brownell and reserve was won by Jennifer Jermey.
There are 14 different competitions that Juniors can enter at Showdown. Participants in the Graphic Design Competition create an ad using their computer at home and bring it to Showdown for judging. The judge of this competition was Melissa McRae from Brandon, MB. The ads are judged on their originality, eye appeal, and information.
In the junior division (ages 9–12) the champion was Carson Liebreich and reserve was Taron Topham.
The intermediate division (ages 13–16) champion was awarded to Meghan McGillivray and reserve champion was won by Naomi Best.
In the senior division (ages 17–21) the grand champion was Breanna Anderson and reserve was Keltey Whelan.
Juniors prepare their sign before the show and the sign is judged over the entire weekend. Judges circulate through the barns and evaluate the farm signs that are displayed in the stalls. The participants are judged on their originality, creativity and display of their farm sign.
In the junior division (ages 9–12) the grand champion was Hillary Sauder and reserve champion was Coy Gibson.
The intermediate division (ages 13–16) champion was Wade Olynyk and reserve champion was Jarrett Hargrave.
Champion in the senior division (age 17–21) was awarded to Alexis DeCorby and reserve champion went to Kaitlynn Bolduc.
Public Speaking requires the Juniors to prepare and deliver a quality speech relating to agriculture, preferably the cattle sector. The participants are judged on their confidence while speaking, their knowledge on the topic and the clarity of their voices while presenting. This is one of the most nerve-wracking competitions at Showdown and all of the participants did an outstanding job.
In the Junior division (ages 9–12) champion was awarded to Baxter Blair and reserve was won by Coy Gibson.
In the intermediate division (ages 13–16) Chris Jermey was the champion and reserve went to Ty Catley.
Champion in the senior division (ages 17–21) was Matt Bates and reserve was Kaitlynn Bolduc.
Contestants were evaluated on their ability to work as a team to prepare an Angus dish. Participants were provided two steaks and a gas barbeque as well as utensils. Participants used their own spices and marinades as well as garnishes to present their Angus beef dish. Additional awards were presented for best dressed, most original and best taste.
Overall first place team was awarded to Team Ranchers Deluxe which was comprised of Kaitlynn Bolduc, Kateri and Riley Blair, Cayley Peltzer and Grant Bullock. The second-place team was called Team Sizzlers and had Maguire, Lauren and Baxter Blair, Cheyenne Catley, Laurie Morasch and Katie Wright on the team. In third place was the Robertson Clan that had Macy, Carson and Garrett Liebreich, Riley Ingram and Alexis DeCorby on the team.
The winners of the herdsman competition were JDP which is the Chalmers family from Ontario. The Juniors’ names are Michaela, Owen, Evan and Nolan.
Each stall area was judged throughout the week based on unity, tidiness and overall teamwork effort. Judges looked for cattle that were well presented and stalls that were clean and uniform.
Spirit of Youth Award
This year’s Spirit of Youth Award was presented to Gerrad Wenzel. Wenzel received this award based on his enthusiasm throughout the week’s event. His helpfulness towards others and willingness to be an active part of the CJAA make him an outstanding candidate.
(Photos courtesy of Grant Rolston Photography)
Junior conformation classes got underway on July 19th with judge Bill Biglieni from Douglas, MB. Biglieni is a local cattleman who analyzed the cattle that the Juniors had brought out to exhibit. Conformation is when the cattle are judged on their physical structure and bovine makeup.
All the winners for the conformation category at Showdown are listed below. The Juniors received their awards in the show ring immediately after they were selected.
In the open division the overall grand champion female was won by Calyley Peltzer showing Bandura Vista 136Y. Garrett Liebreich was the reserve champion with Merit Socialire 3060.
In the owned division, Laurie Morasch showing Red Lazy MC Firefly 36Z took the grand champion title and Baxter Blair with Red Blairs Pricilla 44Z took reserve champion.
The bred and owned division grand champion was exhibited by Becky Domolewski with Red CD Ziva 703B and reserve was won by Naomi Best with CHL Rosebud 2A.
The grand champion bull calf was shown by Laurie Morasch with her bull Red Lazy MC Benelli 102B. The reserve champion bull, Red Double B Bullseye 1B, was shown by Baxter Blair.
In the commercial division the grand champion female was won by Cade Rutten with Cherry Blossom. Brittany Hunt won reserve champion with her female, Kayos 51Z.
In the steer class the grand champion went to Baxter Blair with J.T. and reserve went to Coy Gibson with Angus.
The all Canadian class grand champion winner was also Baxter Blair with Red Blairs Pricilla 44Z and reserve also went to Baxter with Red Blairs Larlaba 42A.
The Canadian Junior Angus Association is a group of Angus enthusiasts under the age of 21. Showdown is an annual summer cattle show organized by the Canadian Junior Angus Association. It rotates to provinces throughout the country every July. This year there were 92 participants.