All three of the Ponoka 4H Beef clubs came together on the weekend to hand out their annual awards.
The West, Central and East Ponoka clubs showed off their members’ accomplishments at the Ponoka Royal Canadian Legion Auditorium on Sunday, June 11. The showcase also included the presentation of club and district awards, which included those for grooming, judging, showmanship, record book keeping, public speaking and perfect attendance.
The clubs also combined to donate $7,600 to the Ronald McDonald House of central and southern Alberta, the proceeds of the charity steer that was sold at the annual 4H show and sale earlier this spring.
Among the major award winners were: East Ponoka 4H Beef club – Julianna Harvey (senior grand and club champion heifer and cow/calf), Megan Bolton (senior reserve club champion steer, heifer plus club and district champion cow/calf), Dakotah Nichols (senior club champion steer), Hunter Nichols (intermediate district reserve champion steer);
Central Ponoka 4H Beef club – Jesse Stretch (senior club champion heifer and cow/calf, inter-club reserve champion judging), Hannah Stretch (senior reserve club champion cow/calf), Lisa Winter (senior club and inter-club champion steer, reserve champion carcass steer, inter-club grand champion showmanship and grooming, inter-club reserve champion judging), Quaid McKinney (junior reserve club champion steer, champion carcass steer, inter-club grand champion grooming, showmanship and judging);
West Ponoka 4H Beef club – Emily Hagemann (senior club and reserve champion cow/calf), Patrice Stalder (club champion steer, inter-club reserve champion showmanship, inter-club pen of three and highest rate of gain), Jace Jacklin (intermediate inter-club champion grooming and reserve champion judging), Colter Bresee (intermediate inter-club reserve champion showmanship and pen of three), Wyatt McAllister (junior reserve champion heifer, inter-club reserve champion judging and grooming), Emily Cline (junior club champion heifer, inter-club reserve champion heifer), Carter McDowell (junior reserve champion steer, inter-club pen of three).