OCA BEST Program celebrates 20th year and a successful season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2018-2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program came to an end on May 4 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. This season celebrated the 20th year of the BEST Program.“This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the BEST program,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Throughout the years, the committee’s focus has been to keep a progressive, family engaged program while utilizing cattle as a tool to help educate and raise the next generation of leaders. The BEST program boasts numerous successful professionals that have walked through the ring at BEST shows.”Several representatives from program sponsors were on hand to help present awards, totaling more than $60,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards. The BEST Sponsoring Partners for 2018-2019 were Ag-Pro — John Deere, Bob Evans Farms, M.H. EBY, Frazier Farms, Farm Credit Mid–America, Garwood Cattle Co. LLC, Kalmbach Feeds — Formula of Champions and Weaver Leather Livestock.“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” Sindel said. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that wove their way across the state. Over 431 youth participants showed 618 head of market animals and heifers throughout the course of the 2018-2019 program. BEST committeeThe OCA BEST program functions with the strong backing of the BEST Committee. Serving on the BEST Committee are Chairman – Todd Pugh, Stark County; Vice-Chairman – Mark Hara, Franklin County; Drew Baus, Wood County; Brandon Corry, Greene County; Alice Frazier, Jackson County; Chase Gostomsky, Darke County; Kim Herman, Allen County; Roger Hunker, Huron County; Matt Kleski, Franklin County; Sally Puzacke, Tuscarawas County; Mindy Sanders, Highland County; and Bill Tom, Ohio State Fair Beef Director. During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2019–2020 season were announced. They are Ellie Kidwell, Knox County and Owen Brinker, Wood County. Continuing for their second term is Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County, Madison King, Logan County and Haley Frazier, Jackson County. Sarah Harner, Greene County and Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot County have fulfilled their commitment as BEST Junior representatives. Youth Scholarships BEST participants’ efforts in academics and extracurricular activities are also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program. This year’s three $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Ellie Kidwell, Knox County; McKenzie Riley, Fayette County; and Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County. M.H. EBY Trailer WinnerParticipants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for the free use of an 8’ x 24’ EBY Trailer, complete with BEST logo detailing for the 2019-2020 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 4,200 entries. The lucky winner was Karly Goetz of Ottawa County. Community service fundraising winnersBEST participants worked this season to raise money for two charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year, a total of $14,175 was raised by BEST participants for Make-A-Wish. In its seven years of contribution, the BEST program has raised over $94,175 for the Make-A-Wish. 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. Waits raised a total of $2,250. Participants raising $50 or more were also entered to win a $500 gift certificate, and Hailey Cornett of Highland County, was selected as the drawing winner. Tait Dusseau, Ottawa 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 Charities. Dusseau collected 37 pounds of pop tabs. In total, BEST participants collected 50 pounds of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Character traits winnersThe Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) and Weaver Leather Livestock teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Weaver Leather Livestock sponsored the 2019 BEST Character awards, highlighting passion, integrity, determination, motivation and influence. Any OCA member, BEST participant or their parents could nominate other cattlemen, breeders or exhibitors for any of the Character Traits. Hudson Drake, Ross County was recognized for his passion; Madison King, Logan County, was recognized for her extreme integrity; Olivia Wood, Meigs County was recognized for her outstanding determination; Victoria Waits, Fayette County was recognized for her motivation; and lastly, Kathy Lehman was recognized for her exceptional influence. Gift certificate winnersJacob Wiechart, Putnam County, won the drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of his next show animal or show supplies from an OCA member, BEST sponsoring partner or OCA Allied Industry Council member. Winning a show pass, valued at more than $850, was Trevin Redd of Wyandot County. A gift card valued at $100 was won by Tyler Leggo-Bobo of Clark County. Novice chute drawingNovice participant, Hunter Krivesti of Athens County, won a new chute in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock. Novice participants were given an entry for every animal they showed at each show throughout the season, totaling more than 1,465 names in the drawing. 15-show AttendeesIt 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. Forty BEST participants won a free single-show entry pass for the 2019-2020 season.Photography contestThis 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 – Russell Fox, Seneca County 2nd Place Beginner – Carson Barton, Clinton County 3rd Place Beginner – Carson Barton, Clinton CountyJunior Division 1st Place Junior – Josie Kidwell, Knox County 2nd Place Junior – Morgan Love, Fairfield County 3rd Place Junior – Sydney Sanders, Highland CountyIntermediate Division 1st Place Intermediate – Brock Retcher, Defiance County 2nd Place Intermediate – Isaac Wiley, Morrow County 3rd Place Intermediate – Erin Pope, Gallia CountySenior Division 1st Place Senior – Madison King, Logan County 2nd Place Senior – Ian Gehret, Darke County 3rd Place Senior – Haley Frazier, Jackson CountyAdult Division1st Place Adult ­­­­– Heather Wiley, Morrow County2nd Place Adult – Susie Perry, Ottawa County3rd Place Adult – Kelly Kinicki, Ashtabula CountyEditor’s Choice Editor’s Choice – 1st Place Senior – Madison King, Logan County Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention – 1st Place Intermediate – Brock Retcher, Defiance County Heifer and market animal champions:Angus Champion Angus Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland County Reserve Champion Angus Heifer – Harrison Blay, Portage CountyChampion Angus Steer – Isaac Miley, Noble County Reserve Champion Angus Steer – Carly Sanders, Highland CountyChianina Champion Chianina Heifer – Beau Johnson, Gallia County Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer – Fulton Kennedy, Adams CountyChampion Chianina Steer – Mason Kinney, Huron County Reserve Champion Chianina Steer – Zachery Retcher, Defiance County Third Overall Chianina Steer – Carter McCauley, Guernsey County Fourth Overall Chianina Steer – Tait Dusseau, Ottawa County Fifth Overall Chianina Steer – Calvin Trigg, Fairfield CountyHereford Champion Hereford Heifer – Maddox Cupp, Fairfield County Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyChampion Hereford Steer – Madison Frey, Wyandot County Reserve Champion Hereford Steer – Levi Yelton, Champaign CountyMaine-Anjou Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Mason Love, Fairfield County Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Owen Fennig, Mercer CountyChampion MaineTainer Heifer – Emily Jones, Butler County Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Delaney Chester, Warren County Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland County Fourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Marcus VanVorhis, Wood County (TIE) Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Reed Schumacher, Putnam County (TIE) Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Mekenzie Jolliff, Hardin CountyChampion Maine-Anjou Steer – Victoria Waits, Fayette County (TIE) Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Mallory Peter, Defiance County (TIE) Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Allison Lust, Crawford County Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Delaney Chester, Warren County Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Bailey Dusseau, Ottawa County Fifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Cheyenne Baker, Preble CountyShorthorn Champion Shorthorn Heifer – McKala Grauel, Morrow County (TIE) Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Skyler Ward, Preble County (TIE) Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Emma McLaughlin, Monroe County Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Alyssa Carter, Warren County Fourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Amanda Annett, Knox County Fifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Karly Goetz, Ottawa CountyChampion Shorthorn Steer – Garrett Agle, Clark County Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer – Logan Schroeder, Defiance CountyChampion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Haley Frazier, Jackson County Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyChampion ShorthornPlus Steer – Alex Linder, Huron County Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Hannah Lang, Wood CountySimmental Champion Simmental Heifer – Hudson Drake, Ross County Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – McKala Grauel, Morrow CountyChampion % Simmental Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland County Reserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer – Kolten Greenhorn, Greene County(TIE) Champion Simmental Steer – Karlie Palmer, Clark County (TIE) Champion Simmental Steer – Macie Riley, Fayette County Reserve Champion Simmental Steer – Montgomery Alexander, Wood CountyAOB Champion High % AOB Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland County Reserve Champion High % AOB Heifer – Amanda Annett, Knox CountyChampion Low % AOB Heifer – Colten Luyster, Belmont County Reserve Champion Low % AOB Heifer – Jordan Johnson, Gallia CountyChampion AOB Steer – Harrison Blay, Portage County Reserve Champion AOB Steer – Maggie Mathews, Clinton CountyMiniature Champion Miniature Heifer – Isaac Wiley, Morrow County Reserve Champion Miniature Heifer – Walker Wiley, Morrow CountyChampion Miniature Steer – Jocelyn Belleville, Wood County Reserve Champion Miniature Steer – Seamus Bly, Lake CountyMarket Heifer Champion Market Heifer – Natalie Wagner, Brown County Reserve Champion Market Heifer – Collin Fedderke, Henry County Third Overall Market Heifer – Paige Gehret, Darke County Fourth Overall Market Heifer – Riley Schumacher, Putnam County Fifth Overall Market Heifer – Zachery Retcher, Defiance CountyCrossbred Champion Crossbred Heifer – Beau Johnson, Gallia County Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer – Michelle Shafer, Perry County Third Overall Crossbred Heifer – Audrianna Albert, Richland County Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Luke Fulton, Miami County Fifth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Karlie Kennedy, Adams CountyChampion Crossbred Steer – Micayla McClure, Hamilton County Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer – Grant Belleville, Wood County Third Overall Crossbred Steer – Kayler Frey, Lorain County Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer – Fox Morgan, Perry County Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer – Caiden Daugherty, Morrow County Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer – Colten Luyster, Belmont County Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Ladson Mathews, Hardin County Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer – Emma Mathews, Clinton County Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer – Ross McNary, Madison County Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Hayden Smith, Holmes County Eleventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Calvin Trigg, Fairfield County (TIE) Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Karlie Palmer, Clark County (TIE) Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Annette Augustine, Ashland County (TIE) Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Owen Brinker, Wood County Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Hayden Belleville, Wood County Fourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Aubrey Csapo, Wayne County Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Carly Csapo, Wayne CountyBEST Novice ChampionsHeifers Champion Novice Heifer – McKala Grauel, Morrow County – Shorthorn Reserve Champion Novice Heifer – Emily Jones, Butler County – MaineTainer Third Overall Novice Heifer – Michelle Shafer, Perry County –Crossbred Fourth Overall Novice Heifer – Kolten Greenhorn, Green County – % Simmental Fifth Overall Novice Heifer – Audrianna Albert, Richland County – Crossbred Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Cody Kanicki, Ashtabula County – % Simmental Seventh Overall Novice Heifer – Brynn Shearer, Wayne County – % Simmental Eighth Overall Novice Heifer – Reed Schumacher, Putnam County – MaineTainer (TIE) Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Delaney Moore, Fairfield County – Crossbred(TIE) Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – McKala Grauel, Morrow County – Purebred Simmental(TIE) Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Cade Carlin, Williams County – High % AOB Tenth Overall Novice Heifer – Sydney Kleman, Putnam County – ShorthornPlus Market AnimalsChampion Novice Steer – Madison Frey, Wyandot County – HerefordReserve Champion Novice Steer – Macie Riley, Fayette County – Simmental Third Overall Novice Steer – Levi Yelton, Champaign County – HerefordFourth Overall Novice Steer – Fox Morgan, Perry County – Crossbred Fifth Overall Novice Steer – Allison Lust, Crawford County – Maine-Anjou Sixth Overall Novice Steer – Caiden Daugherty, Morrow County – Crossbred Seventh Overall Novice Steer – Riley Schumacher, Putnam County – Market Heifer (TIE) Eighth Overall Novice Steer – Jocelyn Belleville, Wood County – Miniature(TIE) Eighth Overall Novice Steer – Ladson Mathews, Hardin County – Crossbred Ninth Overall Novice Steer – Ross McNary, Madison County – Crossbred Tenth Overall Novice Steer – Seamus Bly, Lake County – MiniatureBEST Bred & Owned ChampionsHeifers Champion Bred & Owned Heifer – Jordan Johnson, Gallia County – Low % AOB Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer– Amanda Annett, Knox County – Shorthorn Third Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Mekenzie Jolliff, Hardin County – MaineTainer Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Cole Carlin, Williams County – MaineTainer Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer– Fulton Kennedy, Adams County –  ShorthornSteers Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Delaney Chester, Warren County – Maine-Anjou Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Montgomery Alexander, Wood County – Simmental (TIE) Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Calvin Trigg, Fairfield County – Chianina (TIE) Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Luke Kiefer, Butler County – Simmental Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Amanda Annett, Knox County – Shorthorn Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Karli Goetz, Morrow County – ChianinaBEST Showmanship WinnersBeginner Champion Beginner Showman – Kolten Greenhorn, Greene County Reserve Beginner Showman – Delaney Dudte, Wayne County Third Overall Beginner Showman – Andrew Johnson, Preble County Fourth Overall Beginner Showman – Kendall Davies, Wood County Fifth Overall Beginner Showman – Brynn Shearer, Wayne County Sixth Overall Beginner Showman – Caiden Daugherty, Morrow County Seventh Overall Beginner Showman – Morgan Neill, Huron County Eighth Overall Beginner Showman – Masen Jolliff, Hardin County Ninth Overall Beginner Showman – Tyler Neill, Huron County Tenth Overall Beginner Showman – Cade Carlin, Williams CountyJunior Champion Junior Showman – Hudson Drake, Ross County Reserve Champion Junior Showman – Karlie Kennedy, Adams County Third Overall Junior Showman – Delaney Chester, Warren County Fourth Overall Junior Showman – Madison Paden, Guernsey County Fifth Overall Junior Showman – Logan Schroeder, Defiance County Sixth Overall Junior Showman – Sydney Sanders, Highland County Seventh Overall Junior Showman – Carly Sanders, Highland County Eighth Overall Junior Showman – Karly Goetz, Ottawa County Ninth Overall Junior Showman – Hayden Smith, Holmes County Tenth Overall Junior Showman – Wyatt Binckley, Licking CountyNovice Champion Novice Showman – Sydney Kleman, Putnam County Reserve Novice Showman – Allison Lust, Crawford County Third Overall Novice Showman – Rachel O’Reilly, Geauga County Fourth Overall Novice Showman – Halee Robinson, Athens County Fifth Overall Novice Showman – Taylor Blanton, Clark County Sixth Overall Novice Showman – Logan Hackworth, Wayne County Seventh Overall Novice Showman – Jordan Marcum, Athens County Eighth Overall Novice Showman – Libby Grossniklaus, Wayne County Ninth Overall Novice Showman – Courtney Hamilton, Clark County Tenth Overall Novice Showman – Nathan Videkovich, Pickaway CountyIntermediate Champion Intermediate Showman – Alex Linder, Huron County Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman – Skyler Ward, Preble County Third Overall Intermediate Showman – Beau Johnson, Gallia County Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman – Victoria Waits, Fayette County Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman – Drew Browning, Muskingham County Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman – Alyssa Carter, Warren County Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman – Caden McLaughlin, Monroe County Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman – Harrison Blay, Portage County Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman – Mallory Peter, Defiance County Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman – Erin Pope, Gallia CountySenior Champion Senior Showman – Hayley Frazier, Jackson County Reserve Champion Senior Showman – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford County Third Overall Senior Showman – Emily Jones, Butler County Fourth Overall Senior Showman – Kyle Piscione, Medina County Fifth Overall Senior Showman – Kayler Frey, Lorain County Sixth Overall Senior Showman – Zachery Retcher, Defiance County Seventh Overall Senior Showman – Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County Eighth Overall Senior Showman – Jordan Johnson, Gallia County Ninth Overall Senior Showman – Darcy Howser, Brown County Tenth Overall Senior Showman – Madison King, Logan Countylast_img

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