Dairy Show Gives Families Reason to Celebrate

8/24/2013 7:00 AM
By Heidi Renner Virginia Correspondent

BERRYVILLE, Va. — It was a proud day for Floyd Childs at the Clarke County Fair. His three granddaughters all participated in the dairy show: Micheala Owens in the youngest division, Regan Owens in junior showmanship, and Taylor Owens in senior showmanship. The older two girls both won grand champion ribbons.

The dairy showmanship awards were handed out Aug. 15. A wide range of competitors filled the show barn at the fair.

The Cloverbuds were the youngest 4-H group to show. With help from friends, siblings and parents, the group brought their calves out to be judged. One of them was 4-year-old Jacob Stiles, who was showing his animal, Minnie. Jacob is the sixth generation of his family to take part in the dairy show. Jacob’s mother, Kim, said she hopes this year is the start of many years of showing. She said that as soon as Jacob was old enough he was asked if he was ready to start.

Novice dairy showmanship brought the first winners of the day. After three sections, the top three finishers were Reagan Jackson, Meredith Place and Savannah Jarvis.

Junior dairy showmanship was next. Regan Owens and her calf, Dakota, won grand champion. Mikayla St. Clair and her calf, Agnes, won reserve grand champion.

The intermediate dairy showmanship grand champion ribbon went to Halley Burke and her calf, Charlie. Reserve grand champion went to Camryn Shendow and her calf, Harlo.

The next win for the Owens family came in the senior dairy showmanship. Taylor Owens won grand champion with Delilah. Helena St. Clair won reserve grand champion with TNT Kerr.

“TNT Kerr is a big yearling calf with sound structure. She is a powerful Jersey,” Helena said.

Childs said his granddaughters live near the farm where the cows are kept and started in 4-H, which makes them naturals for working with cows.

“They live with the calves,” he said.

Most of the entrants to the dairy show used animals from the Hardesty family’s farm, Harvue. 4-H members come to the farm to help care for the cows and show them at the fair.

“I like the opportunity to work with an animal even if I don’t own it,” Taylor said. About having her sisters involved, she said, “It’s really fun. We bond a lot more,” adding that she’s also able to teach them things.

Taylor said fair week is the best week of the summer. Helena agreed, saying it shows “hard work pays off.”

Here are the results from the Clarke County Fair Dairy Show:

Novice Dairy Showmanship, Class 1

1.Savannah Jarvis 2. Georgie Roberts 3. Jordan Kelly 4. Kaitlyn Spitler 5. Nicholas Ricker 6. Matthew Sipe 7. TJ Lowery

Novice Dairy Showmanship, Class 2

1. Meredith Place 2. Evelyn Wilkie 3. Maeve Davis 4. Logan Northcraft 5. Jennifer Betz 6. Elizabeth Betz

Novice Dairy Showmanship, Class 3

1. Regan Jackson 2. Kathleen Pine 3. Harrison Fair 4. Maya Maracso 5. Brooke Northcraft

Novice Class Champions

1. Regan Jackson 2. Meredith Place 3. Savannah Jarvis

Junior Dairy Showmanship

Grand Champion

Regan Owens

Reserve Grand Champion

Mikayla St. Clair

Third place, Riley Marasco

Fourth place, Maeve Lyman

Fifth place, Faith Compton

Sixth place, Cami Sowers

Seventh place, Cody Sowers

Eigth place, Brendan Moyer

Ninth place, Rosie Balser

Intermediate Dairy Showmanship

Grand Champion

Hailey Burke

Reserve Grand Champion

Camryn Shendow

Third place, Natalie Lyman

Fourth place, Madison Bursey

Fifth place, Megan Bursey

Sixth place, Lexi Marasco

Seventh place, Gracie Dillon

Senior Dairy Showmanship

Grand Champion

Taylor Owens

Reserve Grand Champion

Helena St. Clair

Third place,Taylor Stiles

Fourth place, Joey Alger

Fifth place, Jacob Koon

Sixth place, Hannah Fair

Seventh place, Meredith Kruza

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