City, Mo. — After a day of anticipation and three rounds of stiff competition, Bradley Seiss, Thurmont, Md., earned champion senior showman honors July 11 against nearly 100 competitors at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Denver. Reserve champion was Sarah Stream, Chariton, Iowa.
After narrowing the field, the top 10 seniors not only had to prove themselves in the showring and under the fire of questions, but also at the fitting chute. Judges Cathy Miller Jones, Elmwood, Ill., Don Yoesel, Falls City, Neb., and Alan Miller, Gridley, Ill., say they feel confident in the future leadership of the Hereford industry based on the quality of the showmen at this year's JNHE.
The other finalists were: Colt Keffer, Crawfordsville, Ind., third; Drew Schmidt, Tanytown, Md., fourth; Robyn Werk, Herman, Minn., fifth; Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark., sixth; Jara Settles, Greenfield, Ind., seventh; Dylan Evans, Lebo, Kan., eighth; Randa Owen, Ft. Payne, Ala., ninth; and Laura Stollard, Bethany, Ill., 10th.
Intermediate, junior and peewee showmanship competitions were also on July 11. Jones, Yoesel and Miller judged the intermediate showmanship while Robbie Schacher, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Mattt Sims, Oklahoma City, judged the junior and peewee divisions.
Kirbie Day, Waxahachie, Texas, earned champion intermediate showman and Tamar Adcock, Assumption, Ill., was named reserve champion intermediate. Grand champion junior honors went to Alexis Eudy, Harrisburg, N.C., and reserve was Taryn Adcock, Assumption, Ill. The first championship of the day went to peewee showman Kaden Wilson, Creston, Iowa, and the reserve championship to Nick Eck, Putnam, Okla.
Noah Benedict, Mahomet, Ill., was the lucky winner of a loaded showbox, generously donated by Sullivan Supply. All showmanship competitors were eligible to win. One name was drawn from each showmanship heat and put into a raffle. Benedict was the final name drawn.