BEST Program wraps up for 2012

BEST is a youth program of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (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.

The 2011-2012 OCA BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on June 2 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

“The banquet is a time to celebrate with family, friends and BEST supporters the many achievements of our BEST participants,” said Stephanie Sindel, BEST coordinator. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work that goes above and beyond the show ring.”

Several representatives from program sponsors Bob Evans Farms, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Green Oak Farms, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Burroughs Frazier Farms were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $32,000 in belt buckles, furniture, jackets, show materials and other awards.

This year’s BEST program featured 16 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state. More than 415 head of market animals and heifers were shown and 315 youth participated.

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 Jessica Harsh, Radnor; Brittany Conkey, Hicksville; and Sierra Jepsen, Amanda.


M.H. Eby Trailer Winner

Participants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for the free use of an 8’ x 26’ Eby Trailer complete with BEST logo detailing for the 2012-2013 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 3,000 entries.  The lucky winner was Jonathan Barrett of Coolville, Ohio.


ATV Drawing

The BEST program was excited to be working with Edlon Miller of National Livestock Exhibitor who donated a 2012 Honda TRX 500 FM to support the organization. The raffle tickets were sold for the duration of the show season will all proceeds going to the BEST program and the winner was drawn at the banquet. Taylor Morbitzer, Grove City was the lucky winner. She is the daughter of Andy and Jennifer Morbitzer.


Gift Certificate Winners

Courtney Welch, Fleming, Ohio, won the drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of her next show animal from an OCA member. Winning a Show Passes valued at more than $750 were Erica Scott, Ravenna, Ohio; Kaci Felumlee, Newark, Ohio; and Devin Coon, Oak Hill, Ohio.


iPod Winners

BEST Participants participated in a community service project collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. In all, BEST youth gathered more than 500 pounds of tabs. The top three leading the drive and each receiving a new iPod Touch were Matthew Randolph, Richmond; Cole Foor, Pataskala; and Isaac Gehret, Yorkshire. Jefferson County was also recognized for their efforts as the winning county.


16 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 16 BEST shows across the state.  Thirty-two BEST participants were recognized for their efforts. The participants that attended all 16 shows include:

Trent Broermann, Camden; Ashley Buell, Pataskala; Jared Cluxton, Ripley; Brittany Conkey, Hicksville; Devin Coon, Oak Hill;  Lauren Corry, Xenia; Katelyn Cowdrey, Russellville; Clay Foor, Pataskala;  Cole Foor, Pataskala;  Haley Frazier, Jackson; Taylor Frazier, Jackson; Breanne Gabriel, Stoutsville; Austin Garner, Hamilton; Ben Harner, Xenia; Sarah Harner, Xenia; Karen Hiltbrand, Seven Mile; Dara Howser, Mt. Orab; Darcy Howser, Mt. Orab; Sarah Johnson, Williamsport; Blake Mercer, Jackson; Colleen Minges, Oxford; Wally Minges, Oxford; Taylor Morbitzer, Grove City; Ethan Neal, Georgetown; Kyle Piscione; Lindsey Pugh, Louisville; Kory Seckel, Caledonia; Carson Shafer, Eaton; Amber Shoemaker, Louisville; Justin Shonkwiler, London; Marissa Vearil, Lynchburg; and Steven Wheeler, Mineral City.


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. In the Beginner Division, first and second place went to Darcy Howser of  Mt. Orab, and third to Ethan Neal, Georgetown. The Junior Division first and third place winner and also winning Editor’s Choice was Brooke Egbert, Botkins; and second place was Desirae Logsdon, Amanda. Intermediate winners were Morgan Smith, Little Hocking, first and second place, and Editor’s Choice honorable mention; and Brittany Conkey, Hicksville, third place. In the senior division placing first was Dara Howser, Mt. Orab; second place to Lauren Corry, Xenia; and third place to Sarah Johnson, Williamsport. Steve Johnson, Williamsport, placed first in the adult division.


Heifer and Market Animal Champions



Grand Champion Angus Heifer – Lydia Dance, Highland Co.

Reserve Champion Angus Heifer – Devin Coon, Jackson Co.

Grand Champion Angus Steer – Michelle Bockelman, Henry Co.

Reserve Champion Angus Steer – Brock Zwick, Stark Co.



Grand Champion AOB Heifer – Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co.

Reserve Champion AOB Heifer – Matthew Randolph, Jefferson Co.

Grand Champion AOB Steer – Jonathan Barrett, Meigs Co.

Reserve Champion AOB Steer – Logan Trbovich, Carroll Co.



Grand Champion Chianina Heifer – Megan Hunt, Darke Co.

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer – Austin Garner, Butler Co.

Grand Champion Chianina Steer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co.

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer – Logan Shell, Fairfield Co.



Grand Champion Crossbred Heifer – Brittany Conkey, Defiance Co.

Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer – Samantha Boeck, Greene Co.

Grand Champion Crossbred Steer – Brooke Egbert, Auglaize Co.

Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co.

Third Overall Crossbred Steer – Sara Klehm, Stark Co.

Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer – Cole Wildermuth, Shelby Co.

Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer – Austin Trbovich, Carroll Co.

Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer – Sarah Harner, Greene Co.

Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Madison Clark, Miami Co.

Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer – Hali Lake, Greene Co.

Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer – Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co.

Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer –  Colleen Minges, Butler Co.



Grand Champion Hereford Heifer –Caitlin Decker, Washington Co.

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer –  Timothy Elam,

Grand Champion Hereford Steer – Christina Norman, Fulton Co.

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer – Jarett Smith, Sandusky Co.



Grand Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co.

Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Devin Coon, Jackson Co.

Grand Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Demi Powers, Fulton Co.

Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Lauren Corry, Greene Co.

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Clayton Wildermuth, Shelby Co.

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Breanne Gabriel, Pickaway Co.



Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Morgan Moore, Portage Co.

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Taylor Justice, Fairfield Co.

Grand Champion Shorthorn Steer – Justin Shonkwiler, Franklin Co.

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer – Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin Co.

Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Janel Gilbert, Darke Co.

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Garrett Lapp, Muskingum Co.

Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Sara Klehm, Stark Co.

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Kyle Piscione, Lorain Co.



Grand Champion Simmental Heifer – Brooke Bumgardner, Clark Co.

Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – Jordan Bachman, Fairfield Co.

Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer- Ashley Buell, Licking Co.

Reserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer- Amber Shoemaker, Stark Co.

Grand Champion Simmental Steer – Jessica Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer – Jennifer Siegel, Crawford Co.

Market Heifer

Grand Champion Market Heifer – Steven Wheeler, Tuscarawas Co.

Reserve Champion Market Heifer –        Austin Garner, Butler Co.


BEST Novice Champions


Champion Novice Heifer – Garrett Lapp, Muskingum Co., ShorthornPlus

Reserve Champion Novice Heifer – Ethan Neal, Brown Co., Crossbred

Third Overall Novice Heifer – Caitlin Decker, Washington Co., Hereford

Fourth Overall Novice Heifer – Madison Saylor, Butler Co., Shorthorn

Fifth Overall Novice Heifer – Cain Schneider, Brown Co., Crossbred

Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Wally Minges, Butler Co., Shorthorn

Seventh Overall Novice Heifer –  Wally Minges, Butler Co., MaineTainer

Eighth Overall Novice Heifer – Rachel Conny, Columbiana Co., ShorthornPlus

Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Marissa Vearil, Brown Co., Crossbred

Tenth Overall Novice Heifer – Emma Parry, Highland Co., ShorthornPlus


Market Animals

Champion Novice Steer – Christina Norman, Fulton Co., Hereford

Reserve Champion Novice Steer –  Kyle Piscione, Lorain Co., ShorthornPlus

Third Overall Novice Steer – Colleen Minges, Butler Co., Crossbred

Fourth Overall Novice Steer – Trent Broermann, Preble Co., Shorthorn

Fifth Overall Novice Steer – Kyle Piscione, Lorain Co., Crossbred

Sixth Overall Novice Steer – Ty Hawley, Ashland Co., Crossbred

Seventh Overall Novice Steer – Kirsten Ameling, Wood Co., Crossbred TIE

Seventh Overall Novice Steer – Katie Hiltbrand, Butler Co., Crossbred TIE

Eighth Overall Novice Steer – Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne Co., Crossbred

Ninth Overall Novice Steer – Taylor Broermann, Preble Co., Crossbred

Tenth Overall Novice Steer – Nick McConnell, Knox Co., Crossbred


BEST Bred & Owned Champions


Champion Bred & Owned Heifer – Allison Davis, Carroll Co., Chianina

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer– Haley Frazier, Jackson Co., ShorthornPlus

Third Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Taelor Cox, Champaign Co., ShorthornPlus

Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Justin Shonkwiler, Franklin Co., Shorthorn

Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer– Nicole Johnston, Fulton Co., ShorthornPlus



Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin Co., Shorthorn

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Michelle Bockelman, Henry Co., Angus

Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Austin Garner, Butler Co., ShorthornPlus

Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Jeffrey Murphy, Tuscarawas Co., Maine Anjou

Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer- Ian Gehret, Darke Co., Maine Anjou


BEST Showmanship Winners


Champion Beginner Novice Showman – Colleen Minges, Butler Co.

Reserve Champion Beginner Novice Showman – Chris Tooms, Muskingum Co.

Champion Junior Novice Showman – Kyle Piscione, Lorain Co.

Reserve Champion Junior Novice Showman – Trent Broermann, Preble Co.

Champion Intermediate Novice Showman – Madison Saylor, Butler Co.

Reserve Champion Intermediate Novice Showman – N/A

Champion Senior Novice Showman – Marissa Vearil, Brown Co.

Reserve Champion Senior Novice Showman – N/A



Champion Beginner Showman – Allsion Davis, Carroll Co.

Reserve Beginner Showman – Carson Shafer, Preble Co.

Third Overall Beginner Showman – Colleen Minges, Butler Co.

Fourth Overall Beginner Showman – Darcy Howser, Brown Co.

Fifth Overall Beginner Showman – Dalton Black, Adams Co.

Sixth Overall Beginner Showman – Larkyn Parry, Highland Co.

Seventh Overall Beginner Showman – Chris Tooms, Muskingum Co.

Eighth Overall Beginner Showman – Taylor Frazier, Jackson Co.

Ninth Overall Beginner Showman – Mallory Peter, Defiance Co.

Tenth Overall Beginner Showman – Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown Co.



Champion Junior Showman – Sarah Harner, Stark Co.

Reserve Champion Junior Showman – Clay Foor, Licking Co.

Third Overall Junior Showman – Kady Davis, Carroll Co.

Fourth Overall Junior Showman –  Hannah Topmiller, Warren Co.

Fifth Overall Junior Showman –  Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co.

Sixth Overall Junior Showman – Jacob Jones, Brown Co.

Seventh Overall Junior Showman –  Brooke Egbert, Auglaize Co.

Eighth Overall Junior Showman –  Kyle Piscione, Lorain Co.

Ninth Overall Junior Showman – Austin Garner, Butler Co.

Tenth Overall Junior Showman – Madison Jones, Brown Co.



Champion Intermediate Showman – Jessica Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.

Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman –  Brittany Conkey, Defiance Co.

Third Overall Intermediate Showman – Jared Cluxton, Brown Co.

Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman – Sarah Simpson, Brown Co.

Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman –  Jonathon Hannahs, Licking Co.

Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman – Devin Coon, Jackson Co.

Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman – Austin Schneder, Clinton Co.

Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman – Karen Hiltbrand, Butler Co.

Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman –  Logan Trbovich, Carroll Co.

Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman –  Colton Burkett, Ashland Co.



Champion Senior Showman – Amber Shoemaker, Stark Co.

Reserve Champion Senior Showman – Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co.

Third Overall Senior Showman  – Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co.

Fourth Overall Senior Showman  – Marissa Vearil, Brown Co.

Fifth Overall Senior Showman  – Dara Howser, Brown Co.

Sixth Overall Senior Showman – Justin Shonkwiler, Franklin Co.

Seventh Overall Senior Showman – Lauren Corry, Greene Co.

Eighth Overall Senior Showman – Steven Wheeler, Tuscarawas Co.

Ninth Overall Senior Showman –  Lauren Fehlan, Lorain Co.

Tenth Overall Senior Showman – Jonathon Barrett, Meigs Co.

Tenth Overall Senior Showman – Roger Sannes, Clermont Co.


Banquet sponsors

The BEST program also receives tremendous support for awards and the awards banquet. The 2011-2012 banquet and award sponsors were: Hamilton Insurance Agency, Harsh’s Farm Service, Highland Livestock Supply, Kent Feeds, Inc., Merchants National Bank, National Livestock Exhibitor – Eldon Miller, ShowRite Show Feeds by Hubbard Feeds, Stock Show U, Umbarger Show Feeds, and Weaver Leather.  These sponsors donated a wonderful set of door prizes and offered monetary support for awards.

State breed associations sponsoring belt buckle cases for the winners in each of the respective breeds: Buckeye Hereford Association, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Chianina Association, Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association and Ohio Shorthorn Breeders 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, Brandon Corry, Allen Gahler, Dwight Hamilton, Mark Hara, Kevin Miller, Patsy Miller, Roy Norman, Sally Puzacke and Anthony Topmiller. Show representatives on the committee were Martin Overholt, AGR Holiday Classic; Lauren Fehlan, Scarlet and Gray Midwest Showdown; and Jeff Winkle, Hot Shot Classic. During the BEST awards banquet, new junior representatives for the 2012-2011 season were announced, they are Sarah Johnson, Pickaway County; Jessica Harsh, Delaware County; and Amber Shoemaker, Stark County.


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