BEST program concludes 15th year with annual banquet

The 2013-2014 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 10 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,” says Stephanie Sindel, BEST coordinator. “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, Farm Credit Mid-America, Green Oak Farms, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $42,000 in belt buckles, furniture, show materials and other awards.

This year’s BEST program featured 17 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state with 380 youth participants showing 537 head of market animals and heifers.

 

Banquet Sponsors

The BEST program also receives tremendous support for awards and the awards banquet. The 2013-2014 banquet and award sponsors were Franklin Equipment LLC, Hamilton Insurance Agency, Harsh’s Farm Service, Heritage Cooperative, Highland Livestock Supply, Kalmbach Feeds, ShowRite Show Feeds and Weaver Leather Livestock. 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, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association and Ohio Simmental Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association provided 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 Todd Pugh, Chairman; Mark Hara, Vice Chairman; Patricia Cluxton; Brandon Corry; Ashley Culp; Alice Frazier; Dwight Hamilton; Mark Hara; Roy Norman; Si Pirogowicz; Todd Salome; and Bill Tom, Ohio State Fair Beef Director. Show representatives on the committee were Sally Puzacke, Buckeye Classic; and Jeff Winkle, Hot Shot Classic. During the BEST awards banquet, new junior representatives for the 2014-2015 season were announced. They are Lauren Corry, Greene County; and Matthew Hiser, Greene County. Continuing for a second term is Devin Coon, Jackson County. Retiring junior representatives recognized were Amber Shoemaker, Stark County; and Jessica Lohr, Crawford 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 Logan Browne, Wood County; Tori Walker, Highland County; and Demi Snider, Hardin County.

New this year, sponsoring partner Bob Evans initiated a scholarship fund for BEST participants. Bob Evans restaurants at each BEST show locations during the even donated a percentage of sales as part of their community fundraiser program. Janel Gilbert, Darke County, was presented the first BEST/Bob Evans Scholarship in the amount of $250.

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 2014-2015 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 3,500 entries. The lucky winner was Luke McKee, Knox County.

Gift Certificate Winners

Caleb McKee, Knox 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 $750 was Hannah Barr, Ashland County. A gas card valued at $100 was won by Kaylee Wilcox, Darke County.

Community Service For the 2013-2014 season. BEST Participants donated time and funds toward two community service projects supporting local youth, Make-A-Wish® and Ronald McDonald House Charities®. In all, BEST youth raised $14,207 for Make-A-Wish. Hannah Weymouth, Clark County, was the top fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® and was awarded with a $500 shopping spree with Weaver Livestock. Participants raising $50 or more were also entered to win a $500 show supply gift certificate. Calvin Trigg, Franklin County, was selected as the drawing winner.

BEST members have collected pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities for the past three years and have donated more than one ton of pop tabs. This year 485 pounds were collected by participants with Ian Gehret of Darke County, collecting the most at more than 130 pounds. He was awarded with a $500 Weaver Livestock show supply shopping spree.

Novice Chute Drawing

Novice participant Marcus Hursey, Tuscarawas County, won a new showbox in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Livestock.

17 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 17 BEST shows across the state. Thirty-nine BEST participants won a single show pass for the 2014-2015 season and Hannah Weymouth, Clark County, was the winner of the full year show pass drawing.

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 placings 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 taking first and second was Drew Weymouth, Clark County. Winning first place in the the Junior Division and Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention was Garret Rust, Clark County; second place was Hannah Weymouth, Clark County; and third place was Kyle Piscione, Lorain County. Winning the Intermediate Division in first place was Danielle Whitted, Portage County. In the Senior Division taking first, second and third place along with Editor’s Choice was Brittany Conkey, Defiance County. In the Adult Division winning first and third place was Tammy Rust, Clark County; and second place was Steve Johnson, Pickaway County.

Heifer and Market Animal Champions

Breed Division Champions

Angus

Champion Angus Heifer – Lydia Dance, Highland County

Reserve Champion Angus Heifer – Lydia Dance, Highland County

Champion Angus Steer – Rylee Closser, Licking County

Reserve Champion Angus Steer – Sydney Sanders, Highland County

Chianina

Champion Chianina Heifer – Allison King, Seneca County

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer – Jessica Griffith, Brown County

Third Overall Chianina Heifer – Breanne Gabriel, Pickaway County

Fourth Overall Chianina Heifer – Jared Godown, Darke County

Fifth Overall Chianina Heifer – Trent Broermann, Preble County

Champion Chianina Steer – Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer – Noah Cox, Athens County

Hereford

Champion Hereford Heifer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark County

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer – Taelor Cox, Champaign County

Champion Hereford Steer – Maverick Pugh, Stark County

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer – Drew Weymouth, Clark County

Maine-Anjou

Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Austin Hunker, Huron County

Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland County

Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Janel Gilbert, Darke County

Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Cameron Alexander, Clinton County

Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Alayna McIntosh, Brown County

Fourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Hannah Topmiller, Warren County

Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Madison Jones, Brown County

Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Taylor Darner, Butler County

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Jed Anderson, Meigs County

Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Cam Decking, Hardin County

Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Brock Zwick, Stark County

Fifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Jordan Johnson, Gallia County

Shorthorn

Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Emily Dahse, Gallia County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Ben Harner, Greene County

Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Darcy Howser, Brown County

Fourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Trent Broermann, Preble County

Fifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Macy Burchett, Madison County

Champion Shorthorn Steer – Melissa Shafer, Perry County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer – Whitney Miller, Holmes County

Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Abbie Collins, Montgomery County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland County

Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Caitlin Gallagher, Lorain County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Reily Jacobs-Bell, Muskingum County

Simmental

Champion Simmental Heifer – Rachel Dickson, Licking County

Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – Kyndall Williams, Morrow County

Champion % Simmental Heifer – Amber Shoemaker, Stark County

Reserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer – Jonathan Barrett, Meigs County

Champion Simmental Steer – Kaitlyn Thompson, Miami County

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark County

AOB

Champion AOB Heifer – Allison Davis, Carroll County

Reserve Champion AOB Heifer – Curtis Harsh, Delaware County

Champion AOB Steer – Gerrett Davison, Madison County

Market Heifer

Champion Market Heifer – Molly Spohn, Jackson County

Reserve Champion Market Heifer – Jacob Jones, Brown County

Crossbred

Champion Crossbred Heifer – Rachel Conny, Columbiana County

Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer – Jordan Johnson, Gallia County

Third Overall Crossbred Heifer – Molly Spohn, Jackson County

Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Cameron Alexander, Clinton County

Fifth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Lauren Corry, Greene County

Sixth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Colton Burkett, Ashland County

Seventh Overall Crossbred Heifer – Jacob Jones, Brown County

Eighth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Madison Jones, Brown County

Ninth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Dalton Black, Adams County

Tenth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Cain Schneider, Brown County

Champion Crossbred Steer – Alexandra Witt, Greene County

Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer – Gerrett Davison, Madison County

Third Overall Crossbred Steer – Anne Thompson, Clinton County

Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford County

Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark County

(TIE) Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer – Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne County

(TIE) Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer – Ashley Peter, Defiance County

Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Noah Cox, Athens County

Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer – Calvin Trigg, Franklin County

Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer – Dalton Kennedy, Adams County

Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Mindy Barr, Pickaway County

Eleventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Jonna Goss, Hocking County

Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Adam Widman, Crawford County

(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Keeley Trigg, Franklin County

(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Natalie Wagner, Brown County

Fourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Danielle Whitted, Portage County

Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Savannah Hoke, Miami County

BEST Novice Champions

Heifers

Champion Novice Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland County – ShorthornPlus

Reserve Champion Novice Heifer – Austin Hunker, Huron County – High % Maine-Anjou

Third Overall Novice Heifer – Caitlin Schaub, Auglaize County – ShorthornPlus

Fourth Overall Novice Heifer – Kyndall Williams, Morrow County – Purebred Simmental

Fifth Overall Novice Heifer – Caitlin Schaub, Auglaize County – Angus

(TIE) Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Zack Carr, Athens County – MaineTainer

(TIE) Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Haley Quallen, Greene County – Crossbred

Seventh Overall Novice Heifer – Kosta Xenikis, Madison County – Crossbred

Eighth Overall Novice Heifer – Caleb Sager, Fulton County – MaineTainer

Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Hunter Watson, Noble County – Crossbred

Tenth Overall Novice Heifer – Mackenzie Meyer, Henry County – % Simmental

Market Animals

Champion Novice Steer – Whitney Miller, Holmes County – Shorthorn

Reserve Champion Novice Steer – Kaitlyn Thompson, Miami County – Simmental

Third Overall Novice Steer – Drew Weymouth, Clark County – Hereford

Fourth Overall Novice Steer – Caitlin Gallagher, Lorain County – ShorthornPlus

Fifth Overall Novice Steer – Anne Thompson, Clinton County – Crossbred

(TIE) Sixth Overall Novice Steer – Calvin Trigg, Franklin County – Crossbred

(TIE) Sixth Overall Novice Steer – Reily Jacobs-Bell, Muskingum County – ShorthornPlus

Seventh Overall Novice Steer – Mindy Barr, Pickaway County – Crossbred

Eighth Overall Novice Steer – Cam Deckling, Hardin County – Maine-Anjou

Ninth Overall Novice Steer – Keeley Trigg, Franklin County – Crossbred

Tenth Overall Novice Steer – Adam Thompson, Clinton County – Crossbred

BEST Bred & Owned Champions

Heifers

Champion Bred & Owned Heifer – Lydia Dance, Highland County – Angus

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer– Marlee Hess, Darke County – MaineTainer

Third Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Devan Eckert, Morgan County – MaineTainer

Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Morgan Smith – Morgan County – MaineTainer

Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer– Dalton Kennedy – Adams County – MaineTainer

Steers

Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Whitney Miller, Holmes County – Shorthorn

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway County – Simmental

(TIE) Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Alexis Wilcox, Darke County – Maine-Anjou

(TIE) Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Ian Gehret, Darke County – Maine-Anjou

Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Jacob Monnier, Shelby County – Maine-Anjou

Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Madison King, Logan County – ShorthornPlus

BEST Showmanship Winners

Novice

Champion Novice Showman – Austin Hunker, Huron County

Reserve Novice Showman – Olivia Wood, Fayette County

Third Overall Novice Showman – Haley Quallen, Greene County

Fourth Overall Novice Showman – Justin Hiltbrand, Butler County

Fifth Overall Novice Showman – Matthew Kelling, Lorain County

Sixth Overall Novice Showman – Regan Robinson, Butler County

(TIE) Seventh Overall Novice Showman – Fulton Kennedy, Adams County

(TIE) Seventh Overall Novice Showman – Caitlin Gallagher, Lorain County

Eighth Overall Novice Showman – Shelby Kinley, Wyandot County

Ninth Overall Novice Showman – Allie Warnimont, Putnam County

Tenth Overall Novice Showman – Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot County

Beginner

Champion Beginner Showman – Allison King, Seneca County

Reserve Beginner Showman – Chris Tooms, Muskingum County

Third Overall Beginner Showman – Alayna McIntosh, Brown County

Fourth Overall Beginner Showman – Megan Black. Adams County

Fifth Overall Beginner Showman – Aly Simpson, Adams County

Sixth Overall Beginner Showman – Drew Weymouth, Clark County

Seventh Overall Beginner Showman – Madison Paden, Guernsey County

Eighth Overall Beginner Showman – Kinzee Shafer, Preble County

Ninth Overall Beginner Showman – Kosta Xenikis, Madison County

Tenth Overall Beginner Showman – Kendal Widman, Crawford County

Junior

Champion Junior Showman – Allison Davis, Carroll County

Reserve Champion Junior Showman – Kyle Piscione, Lorain County

Third Overall Junior Showman – Madison Jones, Brown County

Fourth Overall Junior Showman – Rachel Dickson, Licking County

Fifth Overall Junior Showman – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford County

Sixth Overall Junior Showman – Dalton Kennedy, Adams County

Seventh Overall Junior Showman – Darcy Howser, Brown County

Eighth Overall Junior Showman – Macy Burchett, Madison County

Ninth Overall Junior Showman – Hannah Weymouth, Clark County

Tenth Overall Junior Showman – Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County

Intermediate

Champion Intermediate Showman – Lindsey Pugh, Stark County

Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman – Jacob Jones, Brown County

Third Overall Intermediate Showman – Trent Broermann, Preble County

Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman – Austin Garner, Butler County

Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman –Jessica Griffith, Brown County

Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman – Jordan Johnson, Gallia County

Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman – Natalie Wagner, Brown County

Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman – Mindy Barr, Pickaway County

Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman – Adam Widman, Crawford County

Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman – Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne County

Senior

Champion Senior Showman – Amber Shoemaker, Stark County

Reserve Champion Senior Showman – Cameron Alexander, Clinton County

Third Overall Senior Showman – Hallie Hiser, Greene County

Fourth Overall Senior Showman – Landon Richards, Wood County

Fifth Overall Senior Showman – Taylor Darner, Butler County

Sixth Overall Senior Showman –Colton Burkett, Ashland County

Seventh Overall Senior Showman – Austin Schneder, Clinton County

Eighth Overall Senior Showman – Jessica Millenbaugh, Crawford County

Ninth Overall Senior Showman – Breanne Gabriel, Pickaway County

Tenth Overall Senior Showman – Brittany Conkey, Defiance 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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