The stands at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex were packed as people came to watch and bid at the Ponoka District 4-H Beef Show and Sale on May 5.
The charity steer raised $8,900. Although the money raised was less than the previous show and sale Beth Weleschuk assistant leader in East Ponoka Beef Club and executive member of the Ponoka 4-H Beef committee was pleased with the turnout and the work that the members did to make the show a success.
“A lot of people came,” said Weleschuk “We really appreciate the community support and purchase of steers. There is a fair bit of expense going to raising these animals and it’s nice to see that covered.”
Weleschuk was pleased with the members of 4-H and enjoyed seeing them get together and help each other out throughout the day.
“I really noticed the cooperation between club members in keeping areas clean and helping each other with the animals,” she said.
Overall Weleschuk was pleased with the show and sale and looks forward to doing it again next year.
“We had a really great show,” said Weleschuk. “We had good judges and the kids did really well.”
The 4-H Beef Show and Sale also had a celebrity showmanship and awards for each category.
In the heifer category Carling Matejka placed first and Brittney Matejka took second in the West Ponoka 4-H Beef Club.
For East Ponoka 4-H Beef Club Marissa Weleschuk won first place and Fallon Jenkins placed second. Brittney Hehr was first for the Central Ponoka 4-H Beef Club.
Hehr also had the Grand Champion Heifer and Carling Matejka won the Reserve Champion Heifer.
The Cow/Calf category brought Daniel Leighton a first place standing and Carling Matejak took second for West Ponoka 4-H Beef Club and East Ponoka’s Marissa Weleschuk took both first and second.
Marissa Weleschuk also won the Grand Champion Cow/Calf and Leighton took home the Reserve Champion Cow/Calf.
The Steer category also brought out some deserving winners with Samantha Sperber capturing first for West Ponoka 4-H Beef Club and Carling Matejka placing second. For East Ponoka Jonah Harvey placed first with Fallon Jenkins coming in second. Central Ponoka’s Tamara Bonnett placed first in the category and Savannah Slater took second place.
The Grand Champion Steer was won by Tamara Bonnett and Samantha Sperber won the Reserve Champion Steer.
In the Senior Showmanship category Brittney Matejka placed first for West Ponoka and Samantha Sperber was second.
Marissa Weleschuk took first for East Ponoka and Amy Weleshuk placed second. Brittney Hehr placed first for Central Ponoka.
Grand Champion Senior Showmanship was awarded to Marissa Weleschuk and Reserve Champion Senior Showmanship was given to Brittney Matejka.
Intermediate Showmanship brought a first place title for Carling Matejka and second for Jessica Sperber for West Ponoka. Nola Curran placed first for East Ponoka and Jonah Harvey came in second.
Central Ponoka 4-H Beef Club’s Sheldon Stretch placed first and Tamara Bonnett took second place.
Grand Champion Intermediate Showmanship was given to Sheldon Stretch and Carling Matejka was awarded the Reserve Champion Intermediate Showmanship.
The Junior Showmanship category presented Owen Leighton with first place for West Ponoka with Kelsey Gartner coming in second.
Kaitlin Malterer won first and Fallon Jenkins acheived second place for East Ponoka and for Central Ponoka Kendyl Stretch took home first place with Savannah Slater in second place.
The Grand Champion Junior Showmanship was taken by Owen Leighton and Reserve Champion Junior Showmanship was awarded to Kaitlin Malterer.
Samantha Sperber won the Senior Grooming category for West Ponoka and Brittney Matejka placed second.
East Ponoka’s Marissa Weleschuk won first and Amy Weleschuk followed with second place.
Brittney Hehr placed first for Central Ponoka.
Grand Champion Senior Grooming was given to Samantha Sperber and Reserve Champion Senior Grooming was awarded to Brittney Matejka.
The Intermediate Grooming category gave Carling Matejka first place and Brayden Somerville second for West Ponoka.
Jonah Harvey won first place and Melissa Gartner won second for East Ponoka.
Central Ponoka’s Koltyn Rattray won first and Tamara Bonnett won second place.
Carling Matejka took home the Grand Champion Intermediate Grooming and Reserve Champion Intermediate Grooming was awarded to Koltyn Rattray.
For the Junior Grooming category Owen Leighton placed first for West Ponoka and Taylor Leany won second.
Keisha Utas won first place for East Ponoka and second place was awarded to Jacob Curran.
Central Ponoka’s Kendyl Stretch placed first and Kolby Rattray won second place.
Grand Champion Junior Grooming was presented to Owen Leighton and Reserve Champion Junior Grooming was given to Keisha Utas.
West Ponoka Pen of Five was awarded to Carling Matejka, Daniel Leighton, Brittney Matejka, Matthew Hageman and Samantha Sperber.
East Ponoka Pen of Five was given to Ryan Gartner, Jonah Harvey, Fallon Jenkins, Virginia Harvey and Amy Weleschuk.
Central Ponoka Pen of Five was awarded to Tamara Bonnett, Savannah Slater, Lolby Rattray, Brittney Hehr and Kendyl Stretch.
West Ponoka took home the Grand Champion Pen of Five and East Ponoka was awarded the Reserve Champion Pen of Five.
For the Judging Competition the Senior Grand Champion was Brandi-Lynn McClaflin and Senior Judging Reserve Champion was Marissa Weleschuk.
Intermediate Judging Grand Champion was Jessica Sperber and Intermediate Judging Reserve Champion was Carling Matejka.
Kaitlin Malterer was the Junior Judging Grand Champion and Savannah Slater was the Junior Judging Reserve Champion.
The Stall Decorating Award was presented to the East Ponoka 4-H Club.