The 2006 American Gelbvieh
Junior Association (AGJA) Prairie Classic is on the books as a great success
despite the hot temperatures. With temperatures hovering in the upper 90s, Brad
Skaar of Ames, Iowa evaluated the Market Steer Show, the Bred & Owned Gelbvieh
Bull Show and the first Balancer Female Show, while Quinton Smith of Lebanon,
Tenn., evaluated the Gelbvieh Female Show.
In the Gelbvieh Female Show, taking home the Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female honors
was Sarah Sannes of Crookston, Minn., with LJSA Pretty Woman 915J, a seven-year-old
daughter of TJB KRB Shiloh 170GET, and her Heavy Equipment bull calf at side.
Sannes first won Champion Cow-Calf honors.
Sliding into the Reserve Champion Female spot is JBOB 5498P and her owner Zach
Butler of Milton, Tenn. This September 22, 2004 daughter of JBOB Carolina Hero
4659M ET first earned Champion Senior Female honors.
Emily Griffiths of Kendallville, Ind., swept the Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Female
show. Winning Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Female was GGGE 3G Cowgirl Roxanne
543R. This February 23, 2005 daughter of SLC Freedom 178F ET also earned Champion
Bred & Owned Winter Yearling Gelbvieh Female.
Griffiths' other entry, GGGE 3G Cowgirl Red 594R, a June 9, 2005 daughter of
GGGE 3G Next Stage 319N, won Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Female honors after
winning the Champion Bred & Owned Intermediate Yearling award.
Taking home Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Bull honors was Michael Rea of Berthoud,
Colo., with RTRT Solution, a January 2006 son out of BTI Extra 2106K. Earning
the Reserve Bred & Owned Bull award was LJSA Tonic 630S, a February 2006 son
sired by JRI Polled Free Agent 125M3, shown by Sarah Sannes of Minnesota.
In the first-ever Balancer Female Show, Gatlin Schlake of Cortland, Neb., earned
Grand Champion Female honors with GKG Ms. Nebraska 520R. This January 12, 2005,
daughter of Baldridge Nebraska 901 first won the Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
Capturing the Reserve Champion Balancer female title was Wyatt Taylor of Kiowa,
Colo., with VER Lee Ann 508P, an October 2004 daughter of Partisover Precision
243. Taylor first earned Champion Senior Female honors.
Jessica Lindgren of Atlanta, Ill., exhibited the Grand Champion Bred & Owned
Balancer Female with JLNG Sugar Creek Debbie R7, a March 23, 2005 daughter of
WFF Forever Right 09L.
Megan Berkley of Alton, Kan., earned Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Balancer honors
with MEGB Meg's Super Baby 607S, a February 2006 calf.
In the steer show, Justin Taubenheim of Amherst, Neb., took the Grand Champion
Steer honors with his steer 1,370-pound steer, Brick. Earning Reserve Champion
Steer honors was Grace Hammer of Wallace, Kan., with her steer, Joe, tipping
the scales at 1,285 pounds. Kansas exhibited the Champion Group of Three Steers,
while Nebraska had the Reserve Champion Group of Three.