Pondera County 4-Hers have super showing at Marias Fair

Article submitted by Adele Stenson, Pondera County Extension Office
Pondera County 4-Hers have super showing at Marias Fair
GRAND FLEECE — William McDougall with his Grand Fleece Trophy and the Top Exhibit County Display award won by Pondera County 4-H Exhibitors. Photo by Dan Picard
   The Marias Fair kicked off with cool temperatures and a few rain showers, but that didn’t dampen spirits of 4-Hers or fair goers, as they participated in a week of fun, learning experiences, and competition.
   Many 4-H families moved into the fairgrounds on Tuesday night to get animals settled and prepare for interviews and shows on Wednesday. 
   The action continued all week until Sunday, when the shows were all over, and the two big events remaining were the annual water fight in the morning and the awards ceremony in the afternoon.
   Pondera 4-Hers made a good showing throughout the week. Whether they earned a top award or not, each one had the opportunity to demonstrate concepts they learned throughout the year, make new friends, and gain confidence in their ability to interview and to perform before an audience and judge.
   For most events, participants are divided by their age at the beginning of the 4-H year on Oct. 1, 2008. Pre-juniors are 8-10 years old, juniors are 11-13, and seniors are 14 and up. Some horse show events are divided by age level and others by experience level, as you will notice in the results below.
   Shooting tournaments divide participants into different four age categories for all disciplines, except air pistol. The results for archery, shotgun, and the air guns are for tournaments held prior to the fair. Participants compete at the tournaments, and must interview at the fair in order to be eligible for their awards.
   Project interviews are an important component of the fair.
   For each project a youth takes to the fair, he or she must complete a project interview where they discuss with a judge what they learned through the course of the year in that project.
   Youth are judged on their appearance, presence, communication skills and their project knowledge. They are eligible for best of class interview awards in their age division, regardless of how their final product actually turned out.
   Sometimes a person learns the most from their failures, and the youth that can express that to the judge can be rewarded in the interview process. Their exhibits are judged separately based on a standard criteria for each type of item.
   You will notice in the following results that members may participate in a wide variety of project areas. The shows represent most of the traditional areas, but a walk through the 4-H exhibit building would reveal that the options for projects are limited only by the members’ imagination.
   Top award winners from Pondera County are as follows:
   All Cloverbuds, pre-4-Hers age 6-8, were recognized at the Award Ceremony with medals. They participate in several events at the fair, but do not actually compete for awards, so last year Melissa Habets devised the medal as a way to recognize them for their contributions at the fair.
   Pondera Cloverbuds at the fair were Danny Habets, Blake Larson, Richard Ratzburg, and Teanna Layne.
   Blaine Berg earned third place in the primitive archery division of the Marias Fair Archery Tournament.
   Brad Holden earned second in senior beef showmanship, and was a member of the second place senior livestock judging team.
   Brett Peters was a member of the second place junior livestock judging team, and on the team of winners who made cedar benches for the fairgrounds and earned the best of class overall 4-H educational exhibit.
   In the shooting tournaments, Cameron Rodriguez earned a top overall trophy in precision air rifle and first place in the 15 and up age division of Shotgun. In project interviews, he won best of class interview in the 4-H outdoors senior age division.
   Clark Judisch earned second place in the 11-12 year-old-age division of primitive archery.
   Clint Judisch earned reserve champion for his doe rabbit.
   Darin Meacham earned third place in rabbit, first place in pre-junior rabbit showmanship, and second place in pre-junior horse showmanship.
   David Ratzburg earned best of class interview in the beef project, senior age division.
   Deidre Meacham earned grand champion Level 2 in bareback equitation, best of class poultry interview in the junior division, grand champion in the poultry show, second place rabbit in the rabbit show, and third place in junior rabbit showmanship.
   D.J. Meacham earned first in senior poultry showmanship, and second in senior rabbit showmanship.
   Erin Swanson won the best of class foods exhibit in the senior division.
   Gabriele Drishinski won reserve champion Level 2 English horsemanship, grand champion Level 2 western horsemanship, and grand champion level 2 western pleasure in the horse show.
   Garrett Fritz earned best of class awards for his interview and his exhibit in pre-junior industrial arts.
   Hailey Yeager earned first place in high point sewing and textiles for Pondera County, and high point overall sewing and textiles, which means she earned the most ribbon points with the most sewing exhibits in the Exhibit Building.
   Jade Rodriguez won reserve champion in Levels 3-4 bareback equitation, grand champion Level 4 English horsemanship, third in Levels 3-4 English pleasure, grand champion miniature horse obstacle course, first in miniature horse showmanship age 14 and over, grand champion in level 4 western horsemanship, reserve champion in senior division trail, grand champion in Levels 3-4 western pleasure, and third in senior division western showmanship in the horse show. She also earned best of class exhibit and interview awards in the senior division cat project, and best of show horse educational exhibit. Grand champion senior division cat showmanship and the overall cat award also went home with Jade. She topped in all off with a tie for top herdsmanship award, earned by keeping her horse’s area neat and her animal well cared for throughout the week.
   Jayleen Harris earned best of class interview awards in the senior division of swine, sheep, and natural science. She also won grand champion fed lamb, first in senior goat showmanship, grand champion overall goat showmanship, grand champion meat goat, first in senior sheep showmanship, grand champion overall sheep showmanship, third in senior swine showmanship, and reserve champion round robin showmanship.
   She topped off her showmanship awards with a first place trophy in the sub-novice A dog obedience division of the dog show. She was also a member of the second place senior livestock judging team.
   Jenna Rodriguez won junior division best of class interview in sheep. In the horse show, she earned grand champion in Level 2 English pleasure, grand champion junior trail division, reserve champion in Level 3 western horsemanship, first in junior western showmanship, and grand in overall western showmanship. She also received top horse herdsmanship, in a tie with her sister, Jade. In junior sheep showmanship, she earned first place, and she won third place in the sub-novice B division of the dog show.
   Jessica Stenson earned best of class exhibit and interview awards for her Tough Enough to Wear Pink self-determined project in the junior age division. She also won grand champion junior dog showmanship and grand champion overall dog showmanship.
   Jordan Stoltz earned second place in pre-junior individual livestock judging, and was a member of the first place pre-junior livestock judging team. She won third place in the pre-junior swine showmanship division, and she earned second place for high point clothing and textiles for Pondera County.
   Justin Fritz earned best of class interview and exhibit awards in the junior division of industrial arts, plus best of class interview in junior beef. He earned second place in the junior division of beef showmanship, grand champion for his pen of three market steers, and top red angus steer. He was third in the junior division of individual livestock judging and a member of the second place junior livestock judging team.
   Justin Ratzburg earned grand champion honors in Level 3 western horsemanship.
   Justin Salois won third place for the 13-14 year age division in the sporter air rifle tournament. He was also a member of the second place junior livestock judging team. He was part of the best of class overall 4-H educational exhibit team too.
   Cassidy Shebelle won best of class interview in junior foods and nutrition project. She also won first in junior rabbit showmanship and reserve champion overall rabbit showmanship. She was also first place in the high point foods and nutrition project area for Pondera County.
   Kaylee Taule won first place in the 13-14 year old division of primitive archery and top swine herdsmanship.
   Kenneth Habets earned pre-junior best of class exhibit in the dog project, high point dog exhibitor for Pondera County, and the grand overall dog project award. He also won first place in the speech and demonstration competition for the Friday pre-junior division. In the pre-junior division, he also earned grand champion for his fed hog, and first in swine showmanship. In the dog show, Habets won grand in pre-junior showmanship.
   Krystal McDougall earned both grand and reserve champion awards for her breeding sheep and for her dairy goats. This means she had the top two animals in each of those divisions. She won second in senior goat showmanship and reserve champion overall in goat showmanship. In senior sheep showmanship she earned third place. She also earned top demonstration on Friday in the senior age division.
   Kyleigh Salois won first place in pre-junior individual livestock judging, and was a member of the first place pre-junior livestock judging team.
   Lauren Molnar won reserve champion Level 2 of bareback equitation, grand champion in Level 2 English horsemanship, reserve in Level 2 English pleasure, first place overall in the miniature horse obstacle course, first place in miniature horse showmanship age 13 and under, and reserve champion in Level 2 western horsemanship. In the rabbit show, she earned grand champion awards for her buck and her doe, as well as a grand champion award overall. In the poultry show, she won first place in junior showmanship and grand champion in overall showmanship. To top it off, she won second place in junior sheep showmanship.
   Logan Garman won first place in the 11-12 year old division for primitive archery, and Top Shooter overall in primitive archery at the Marias Fair Tournament.
   Malia Curry earned a best of class exhibit in the pre-junior foods and nutrition division. She also tied with Erin Swanson for Pondera County third place high point exhibitor in foods and nutrition.
   Mariah Sheble earned senior best of class exhibit and best of class interview in mechanical science, and best of show overall exhibit in mechanical science. She also earned senior best of class interview in rabbit, after winning first place in senior rabbit showmanship and grand champion overall in rabbit showmanship.
   Mariah Stoltz tied for second place Pondera County high point foods and nutrition exhibitor, and was a member of the first place pre-junior livestock judging team.
   Mikayla Connelly earned a number of awards in the horse show, including grand champion Level 1 English horsemanship, grand champion Level 1 English pleasure, first place pre-junior in-hand trail, reserve champion pre-junior poles, third place in Level 2 western pleasure, and grand champion in pre-junior western showmanship.
   Parker Larson won third place in the 9-10 year old division of bare bow archery in the tournament.
   Skylar Stenson earned second place in air pistol age 11-14, and third place in sporter air rifle ages 11-12 at the tournament held earlier this year. In sewing, she earned pre-junior best of class exhibit and overall best of show exhibit, first place in Fashion Revue junior division, and Pondera County third place high point sewing and textiles exhibitor. She also earned best of class horse interview and top horse project presentation in the junior age division. In the horse show, she won second place in junior in-hand trail and third place in junior western showmanship.
   In industrial arts, Steven Peters won senior best of class exhibit and best of class interview, plus overall best of show exhibit. He was also part of the group who won the best of class award for their 4-H educational exhibit, and he was a member of the second place senior livestock judging team.
   Taylour Russell earned best of class interview in the junior age division for her dog interview and best of class exhibit in horse. In the horse show, she took third place in Level 2 bareback equitation, grand champion in junior poles, and grand champion in junior barrels.
   Will Early won first place in bare bow archery, age 9-10 division, at the archery tournament held earlier this year.
   William McDougall won a reserve champion fleece award and a grand champion fleece award.
   Even before the fair was over,   4-Hers were heard to contemplate what projects they want to take next year.
   Over the next month, they’ll be completing record books, so they can sign up for another great 4-H year in October.
   4-H is open to all youth, age 8 – 18 (as of Oct. 1, 2009). Cloverbuds are age 6-8, and gives younger children a taste of what 4-H is about.
   The 4-H program aims to teach new skills, leadership, citizenship, and critical thinking through various project opportunities and youth/adult partnerships. Anyone interested in joining 4-H, should stop by the Pondera County Extension Office, located in the Pondera County Courthouse or call 271-4054.
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