Junior Angus members
from 32 states competed for the title of “Champion Angus Showman” at
the 41st National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, July 6-7, held at the 2007
National Junior Angus Show in Tulsa, Okla. The 54 competitors qualified by
placing first or second at their respective state contests. The contest is
sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary and Andis® Clippers.
Allison Bond, Inola, Okla., won first place after being named to the top 15
juniors to compete in the final round. The esteemed Dean Hurlbut Award includes
a silver Revere bowl as well as a monetary award provided by the Hamilton James
Megan Fink, Randolph, Kansas, earned second place honors. Katie Lents, Eton,
Ga., claimed third place, and Kirbe Schnoor, Chowchilla, Calif., won fourth.
Samantha Harl, Hastings, Neb., rounded out the top five contestants, who each
received a monetary award as well as a silver Revere bowl provided by the Auxiliary.
Exhibitors show animals chosen by random selection, and their performance is
evaluated by a panel of top showmen. They are judged on skill, their ability
to follow instructions, use of equipment, courtesy, sportsmanship, and general
appearance. After four preliminary rounds, 15 finalists are chosen and receive
clippers provided by Andis.
Evaluating the contestants were judges Tammy Wallace, Stotts City, Mo.; Ryan
Cotton, Clarksville, Ga.; and Cody Sankey, Lansing, Mich.
Other finalists in the top 15 include Ashlyn Carter, Upland, Ind.; Walt Stinson,
Talbott, Tenn.; Jordan Davis, Foss, Okla.; Julie Thelen, Saline, Mich.; Ty
Goossen, Hillsboro, Kansas; Seth Sumrall, Monticello, Miss.; Katie Jensen,
North English, Iowa; Trey Davis, Doerun, Ga.; Jordan Hunter, Fair Grove, Mo.;
and Katrina Womack, Telephone, Texas.
Juniors who received honorable mention include Lauren Schroeder, Clarence,
Iowa; Garrett Johnston, Staunton, Va.; Haley Rieff, Bentonville, Ark.; Zach
Kinne, Eagleville, Mo.; Kara Wilson, Orleans, Ind.; Sarah Butler, Bliss, Idaho;
and Allison Burns, Troutdale, Ore.