Maryland Junior Angus Association members visit Kentucky
By CARYL VELISEK
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Maryland Junior Angus Association members traveled with their families to the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, to join more than 700 Angus juniors from all over the country for the 46th National Junior Angus Show held July 16-21.
There were 1,080 head of cattle entered, including 637 owned heifers, 258 bred- and-owned heifers, 50 cow-calf pairs, 66 bulls and 69 steers. There were also 53 entries in the showmanship contest.
Mark Johnson of Orlando, Okla., judged the owned heifers; Jeff Gooden of Iberia, Mo., judged the bred-and-owned heifers, the cow-calf pairs, and bulls; Steve Reimer of Chamberlain, S.D., judged the steers; Jason Duggin of Martin, Tenn., assisted in judging the owned heifers; and Rob Starkey of Greenfield, Ind., assisted in judging the bred-and-owned heifers and cow-calf pairs.
The Grand Champion owned female was SCC Royal Blackbird GAF 112, a January 2011 daughter of Dameron First Class exhibited by Cole Greiman of Garmer, Iowa. Reserve was EXAR Forever Lady 1414 exhibited by Sydney Schnoor of Chowchilla, Cal.
Grand Champion bred-and-owned female was W B PVF Lucy 1052, a Feb. 2011 daughter of PVF Windfall SCC 9005, shown by Cameron Ward of Plattsburg, Mo.
Reserve was Cherry Knoll Richta 1159 exhibited by Bryce Fitzgerald of West Grove, Pa.
MJP Purfeerst Lut 104, was the Grand Champion-bred and-owned bull exhibited by Matt Purfeerst of Faribault, Minn., and the reserve was Vaigrt’s Classy Lad 563, owned by Michael Vaigrt, of Newhall, Iowa.
Kolby Shepard of Perkins, Okla., had the Grand Champion-owned cow-calf pair, and Cory Watt of Iva, S.C. had the reserve.
Blake Boyd of Mayslick, Ky., had Grand Champion-bred and -owned cow-calf pair, and Bryce Fitzgerald had the reserve.
Garrett Gardner of Cherry Tree, Pa., had the grand champion steer, a son of Champion Hill Fullback 380, and Ryan Nolt of New Holland, Pa., had the reserve grand champion steer and the grand champion bred-and-owned steer.
Other juniors from the Mid-Atlantic with champions and firsts, follow.
• First place steer, Taylor Clarke, Rocky Ridge, Md.
• First place bred-and-owned cow-calf pairs, Catie Hope, Berryville, Va.; and
• Reserve junior champion bred-and-owned bull, Cherry Knoll Lutton 1133, Broderic Fitzgerald, West Grove, Pa.
• First place, Cherry Knoll Elsa 1184, Shelby Stabler, Gaithersburg, Md.
• First place, DA Lucy A201, James Moxley, IV, West Friendship, Md.
• First place, CPF Blackbird 317, Shane Heiser, Hagerstown, Md.; and
• First place, Cherry Knoll Pippa, Broderic Fitzgerald.
• Reserve Calf Champion division 1, Silveiras Dream 1526, James Moxley, IV.
• First place, Windy Ridge Shadow 11, Lauren Shur, Sabillasville, Md.
• First place, Gambles Lady 4031, James Moxley, IV.
• First place, PS Playmate 859, Marshall McKean, Mercer, Pa.; and
• First place, Dameron Lucy 102, James Full, Mt. Airy, Md.
There were 10 finalists in the showmanship contest and among them were Kelsey Stabler, of Gaithersurb, Md., who finished fifth in the top five; and Jessica Clarke of Rocky Ridge, Md.
Maryland juniors placed first in the State Herdsmanship in the category of 40 - 60 head.
Bryce Fitzgerald of West Grove, Pa., won the Boys Silver Pitcher Award, and also was Premier Breeder and Premier Junior Breeder.