Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program concludes 18th year

The 2016-2017 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 6 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”

Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Evans Cattle Company, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.

This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved across the state with over 440 youth participants showing 649 head of market animals and heifers.

 

Banquet sponsors

State breed associations sponsoring belt buckle cases for the winners in each of the respective breeds: Buckeye Hereford Association, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association and Ohio Simmental Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the remaining breeds’ winners.

 

BEST committee

The OCA BEST program functions with the strong backing of the BEST Committee. Serving on the BEST Committee are, Chairman, Todd Pugh; Vice-Chairman, Mark Hara; Brandon Corry; Alice Frazier; Breanne Gabriel; Roger Hunker; Roy Norman; Sally Puzacke; Bob Siegel and Bill Tom, Ohio State Fair Beef Director. Additionally, the show representatives are Drew Baus, representing the AGR Holiday Classic and Chase Gostomsky representing the War at Warren County. During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2017-2018 season were announced. They are Kelsey Shope, Scioto County; Sarah Harner, Greene County and Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot County. Continuing for their second term is, Karigan Blue, Henry County and Haley Frazier, Jackson County.

 

Youth scholarships

BEST participants’ efforts in academics and extracurricular activities are also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program, awarding three $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship winners were Bricen Hess, Highland County; Lindsey Pugh; Stark County and Kelsey Shope, Scioto County.

 

Novice scholarships

New BEST participants were eligible to apply for a Novice sponsorship prior to the start of the BEST show season. To be eligible, youth ages 8-21 had to qualify for the Novice division by being first or second year BEST program participants. Novice eligible participants submitted an essay that was reviewed by a panel of judges that ranked the scholarship applications. The selected participants received a scholarship worth $105 to cover the cost of their family’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association membership for $60 as well as one head BEST nomination fee valued at $45. Youth chosen were able to redeem their scholarship at the first BEST show they attended. The Novice scholarship program is sponsored by Weaver Leather Livestock and the recipients of the scholarship include: John Popick, Stark County; Taylor Barton, Clinton County; Brandon and Peyton Hogg, Knox County, Karly Goetz, Ottawa County; Kassandra Kirsch, Sandusky County; Evan Pope, Gallia County; Rebekah Pertuset, Scioto County; Barbi Boyd, Tuscarawas County; Sara Ice, Wayne County; Brandon Barr, Greene County; Kelsey Shope, Scioto County; Marshall and Mason Miller, Tuscarawas County; Brooklyn Neiheisel, Tuscarawas County; Austin Nicholl, Logan County; Grant Helsinger, Montgomery County; Raymond Beneker IV, Butler County; Jacob Weichart, Putnam County; Carly Fitz, Perry County; James Sander, Ottawa County; Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County; Dylan Mezie, Knox County; Jenna Bowman, Hancock County; Luke Kiefer, Butler County; Logan Schroeder, Defiance County; Lauren Schulte, Putnam County; Lilian Dennis, Fairfield County; Kayler Frey, Huron County; Aric Lust, Knox County; Collin Britton, Wood County; Dana Clinedinst, Morrow County; Gavin and Lauren Schlicter, Butler County.

 

M.H. Eby trailer winner

Participants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for the free use of an 8-foot by 26-foot Eby Trailer complete with BEST logo detailing for the 2017-2018 BEST season, donated by Eby Trailer. Participants were given an entry for every animal they showed at each show throughout the season equaling more than 4,500 entries. The lucky winner was Aubrey Csapo, Wayne County.

 

Community service fundraising winners

BEST participants worked this season to raise money for two charities, Make-A-Wish® Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. This year, a total of $10,669 was raised by BEST participants for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In its five years of contribution, the BEST program has raised over $70,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Allison Herr, Fulton County received a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree with Weaver Leather Livestock for collecting the most pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Victoria Waits, Fayette County, received a $500 gift certificate to be used on show supplies with Weaver Leather Livestock for being the top fundraiser in the Make-A-Wish® project. Alexis Perry, Ottawa County, was also a top fundraiser and received a $500 gift certificate

 

Gift certificate winners

Tucker Shepard, Henry County, won the drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of his next show animal from an OCA member. Winning a Show Pass, valued at more than $850 was Abbey Kellish, Coshocton County. A gas card valued at $100 was won by Nathan Miller, Erie County.

 

Novice grooming chute drawing

Novice participant Zachary Retcher, Defiance County, won a new grooming chute in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Livestock.

 

15-show attendees

It takes a lot of time and dedication for juniors and their parents to attend any of the BEST shows, but several individuals attended all 15 BEST shows across the state. Sixty-six BEST participants won a free single-show entry pass for the 2017-2018 season.

Photography contest

This year’s photography contest had top-notch entries encompassing four divisions: BEST Shows and Activities, Landscapes, People and Around the Farm. Three winners were awarded in each age division and an Editor’s Choice and Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention were selected from all submissions. The winners were as follows:

Beginner division

1st Place Beginner — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.

2nd Place Beginner — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.

3rd Place Beginner — Emma Yochum, Highland

Junior Division

1st Place Junior —  Mason Love, Fairfield Co.

2nd Place Junior — Mason Love, Fairfield Co.

3rd Place Junior — Evan Pope, Gallia Co.

Intermediate Division

1st Place Intermediate — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.

2nd Place Intermediate — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.

3rd Place Intermediate — Amanda Annett, Knox Co.

Senior Division

1st Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.

2nd Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.

3rd Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.

Editor’s Choice

Editor’s Choice — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.

Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.

 

Heifer and Market Animal Champions

Breed Division Champions

Angus

Champion Angus Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County

Reserve Champion Angus Heifer — Hadley LeVan, Champaign County

Third Overall Chianina Heifer — Marcus VanVorhis, Wood County

Fourth Overall Chianina Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County

Fifth Overall Chianina Heifer — Jacob LeBrun, Scioto County

 

Champion Angus Steer — Carly Sanders, Highland County

Reserve Champion Angus Steer — Maggie Pollard, Defiance County

 

Chianina

Champion Chianina Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland County

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer — Hailee Carter, Holmes County

 

Champion Chianina Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford County

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer — Lance Brinksneader, Darke County

Third Overall Chianina Steer — Quinton Waits, Fayette County

Fourth Overall Chianina Steer — Amelia Willis, Pike County

Fifth Overall Chianina Steer — Erin Pope, Gallia County

 

Hereford

Champion Hereford Heifer — Maddox Cupp, Fairfield County

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer — Kady Davis, Carroll County

Third Overall Hereford Heifer — Hudson Drake, Ross County

Fourth Overall Hereford Heifer — Kyle Piscione, Medina County

Fifth Overall Hereford Heifer — Morgan Gillespie, Butler County

Champion Hereford Steer — Hayden Smith, Holmes County

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer — Rosa Bowen, Wood County

 

Maine-Anjou

Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Jake Hill, Warren County

Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble County

Champion MaineTainer Heifer — Austin Garner, Butler County

Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer — Karlie Kennedy, Adams County

Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Gage Farrar, Jackson County

Fourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Caylee Sager, Fulton County

Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Marcus VanVorhis, Wood County

Champion Maine-Anjou Steer — Beau Johnson, Gallia County

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer — Kassidy Thompson, Miami County

Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Victoria Waits, Fayette County

Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Alexis Wilcox, Darke County

Fifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Hunter Smith, Wood County

 

Shorthorn

Champion Shorthorn Heifer — Abigail Thornton, Fairfield County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin County

Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Fulton Kennedy, Adams County

Fourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Emily Dahse, Gallia County

Fifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Brandon Barr, Greene County

Champion Shorthorn Steer — Carter McCauley, Guernsey County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer — Tanner Cordes, Montgomery County

Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Madison King, Logan County

Champion ShorthornPlus Steer — Kinzee Shafer, Preble County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer — Sydney Sanders, Highland County

Third Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Tyler Michael, Montgomery County

Fourth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Emily Paden, Guernsey County

Fifth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Emma Mathews, Clinton County

 

Simmental

Champion Simmental Heifer — Allison Herr, Fulton County

Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron County

Champion % Simmental Heifer — Owen Fennig, Mercer County

Reserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer — Matthew Koverman, Scioto County

Third Overall % Simmental Heifer — Dalton Kennedy, Adams County

Fourth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland County

Fifth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Abbygail Pitstick, Madison County

Champion Simmental Steer — Morgan Mazey, Wood County

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer — Madison Paden, Guernsey County

 

AOB

Champion High % AOB Heifer — Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot County

Reserve Champion High % AOB Heifer — Brandee Painter, Licking County

Champion Low % AOB Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County

Reserve Champion Low % AOB Heifer — Brooklynn Hamilton, Clinton County

Champion AOB Steer — Danielle Whitted, Portage County

Reserve Champion AOB Steer – Chase Snyder, Stark County

 

Miniature

Champion Miniature Heifer — Walker Wiley, Morrow County

Reserve Champion Miniature Heifer — JT Popick, Stark County

Champion Miniature Steer — Luke Strow, Wood County

Reserve Champion Miniature Steer — Henry Strow, Wood County

 

Market Heifer

Champion Market Heifer — Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne County

Reserve Champion Market Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway County

Third Overall Market Heifer — Wyatt Binckley, Licking County

Fourth Overall Market Heifer — Isaac Gehret, Darke County

Fifth Overall Market Heifer — Raymond Beneker, Butler County

 

Crossbred

Champion Crossbred Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland County

Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway County

Third Overall Crossbred Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron County

(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble County

(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Adison Niese, Richland County

Fifth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Madison King, Logan County

Champion Crossbred Steer — Alexandra Witt, Greene County

Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford County

Third Overall Crossbred Steer — Carson Shafer, Preble County

Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer — Cambell Gostomsky, Darke County

Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer — Caleb Horn, Fairfield County

Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer — Luke Brinksneader, Darke County

(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Paige Pence, Clark County

(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Jacob Levering, Morrow County

(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Kosta Xenikis, Madison County

Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer — Alli Pfister, Licking County

Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer — Drew Browning, Muskingum County

(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Jonna Goss, Hocking County

(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County

(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Cory Derr, Wyandot County

(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Lauren Schulte, Putnam County

Eleventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County

Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer — Noah Smith, Sandusky County

(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Amelia Willis, Pike County

(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Austin Sorgen, Van Wert County

Fourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Aubrey Csapo, Wayne County

(TIE) Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Skylar Plank, Clark County

(TIE) Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Brianna Ellish, Miami County

 

BEST Novice Champions

Heifers

Champion Novice Heifer — Owen Fennig, Mercer County – % Simmental

Reserve Champion Novice Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County — Angus

Third Overall Novice Heifer — JT Popick, Stark County – Miniature

Fourth Overall Novice Heifer — Caden McLaughlin, Monroe County – ShorthornPlus

Fifth Overall Novice Heifer — Caylee Sager, Fulton County – MaineTainer

Sixth Overall Novice Heifer — Tucker Shepard, Henry County – Chianina

Seventh Overall Novice Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County – Angus

Eighth Overall Novice Heifer — Lauren Schulte, Putnam County — Low % AOB

Ninth Overall Novice Heifer — Brandon Barr, Greene County – Shorthorn

Tenth Overall Novice Heifer — Delaney Schneder, Clinton County — MaineTainer

 

Market Animals

Champion Novice Steer — Carter McCauley, Guernsey County – Shorthorn

Reserve Champion Novice Steer — Hayden Smith, Holmes County – Hereford

Third Overall Novice Steer — Lance Brinksneader, Darke County – Chianina

Fourth Overall Novice Steer — Wyatt Binckley, Licking County — Market Heifer

Fifth Overall Novice Steer — Luke Strow, Wood County – Miniature

Sixth Overall Novice Steer — Ross Michael, Montgomery County – Hereford

Seventh Overall Novice Steer — Henry Strow, Wood County – Miniature

Eighth Overall Novice Steer — Shayla Sancic, Stark County — Hereford

Ninth Overall Novice Steer — Taylor Stephen, Morrow County – Simmental

Tenth Overall Novice Steer — Jacob Levering, Morrow County – Crossbred

 

BEST Bred & Owned Champions

Heifers

Champion Bred & Owned Heifer — Nate Herr, Fulton County – ShorthornPlus

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer— Fulton Kennedy, Adams County – Shorthorn

Third Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Alyson Simpson, Adams County – MaineTainer

Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County – MaineTainer

Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer— Colleen Minges, Butler County — Angus

 

Steers

Champion Bred & Owned Steer — Beau Johnson, Gallia County — Maine-Anjou

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer — Tyler Michael, Montgomery County – ShorthornPlus

Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Kyle Piscione, Medina County – ShorthornPlus

Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Hunter Smith, Wood County — Maine-Anjou

Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Paige Gehret, Darke County — Maine-Anjou

 

BEST Showmanship Winners

Beginner

(TIE) Champion Beginner Showman — Emma Yochum, Highland County

(TIE) Champion Beginner Showman — Carly Sanders, Highland County 
(TIE) Reserve Beginner Showman — Lance Brinksneader, Darke County

(TIE) Reserve Beginner Showman — Karlie Kennedy, Adams County

Third Overall Beginner Showman — Hayden Smith, Holmes County

Fourth Overall Beginner Showman — Owen Fennig, Mercer County

Fifth Overall Beginner Showman — Blake Herdman, Highland County

Sixth Overall Beginner Showman — Tait Dusseau, Ottawa County

Seventh Overall Beginner Showman — Wyatt Binckley, Licking County

Eighth Overall Beginner Showman — Caylee Sager, Fulton County

Ninth Overall Beginner Showman — Lauren Schulte, Putnam County

Tenth Overall Beginner Showman — Ellie Day, Athens County

 

Junior

Champion Junior Showman — Hudson Drake, Ross County

Reserve Champion Junior Showman — Sydney Sanders, Highland County

Third Overall Junior Showman — Beau Johnson, Gallia County

Fourth Overall Junior Showman — Allison Herr, Fulton County

Fifth Overall Junior Showman — Kosta Xenikis, Madison County

Sixth Overall Junior Showman — Gavin Puckett, Highland County

Seventh Overall Junior Showman — Bailey Dusseau, Ottawa County

(TIE) Eighth Overall Junior Showman — Paige Pence, Clark County

(TIE) Eighth Overall Junior Showman — Luke Brinksneader, Darke County

Ninth Overall Junior Showman — Hunter Harris, Adams County

Tenth Overall Junior Showman — Hayden Belleville, Wood County

 

Novice

Champion Novice Showman — Raymond Beneker, Butler County

Reserve Novice Showman — Delany Adams, Lorain County

Third Overall Novice Showman — Jacob Wiechart, Putnam County

Fourth Overall Novice Showman — Luke Kiefer, Butler County

Fifth Overall Novice Showman — Skyler Ward, Preble County

Sixth Overall Novice Showman — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County

Seventh Overall Novice Showman — Karly Goetz, Ottawa County

Eighth Overall Novice Showman — Shayla Sancic, Stark County

Ninth Overall Novice Showman — Delaney Schneder, Clinton County

Tenth Overall Novice Showman — Grant Helsinger, Montgomery County

 

Intermediate

Champion Intermediate Showman — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford County

Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman — Allison Davis, Carroll County

Third Overall Intermediate Showman — Kyle Piscione, Medina County

Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman — Erin Pope, Gallia County

Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman — Dalton Kennedy, Adams County

Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman — Fulton Kennedy, Adams County

Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman — Abigail Thornton, Fairfield County

Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman — Colleen Minges, Butler County

Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman — Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown County

Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman — Levi DeLong, Ross County

 

Senior

Champion Senior Showman — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin County

Reserve Champion Senior Showman — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway County

Third Overall Senior Showman — Haley Frazier, Jackson County

Fourth Overall Senior Showman — Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot County

Fifth Overall Senior Showman — Sarah Harner, Greene County

Sixth Overall Senior Showman — Austin Garner, Butler County

Seventh Overall Senior Showman — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County

Eighth Overall Senior Showman — Morgan Mazey, Wood County

Ninth Overall Senior Showman — Madison King, Logan County

Tenth Overall Senior Showman — Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne County

 

BEST is a youth program of the OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of shows. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placing at each show. The OCA BEST program promotes educating Ohio’s juniors about the beef industry’s issues and rewards the successful accomplishments and hard work of those junior beef producers.

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