Strong showing for yearlings at annual 4-H Show & Sale

Ponoka’s centennial 4-H Show and Sale got off on the right hoof with a class of yearling heifers the 4-Hers could be proud of.

Kaitlin Malterer (right) and Jesse Stretch (left) show their steers in a weight-segregated market class.

Kaitlin Malterer (right) and Jesse Stretch (left) show their steers in a weight-segregated market class.

Ponoka’s centennial 4-H Show and Sale got off on the right hoof with a class of yearling heifers the 4-Hers could be proud of.

“This last champion class is a testament to the good stock here,” said judge Garner Deobald.

He feels the yearlings shown at the event had the capacity, build and traits to be competitive in any show. “I think they can be very proud of the cattle they have.”

The top yearlings had the feminine traits Deobald was looking for but also carried an appealing thickness and robustness.

“At this age you can have too much as well,” he explained. Deobald felt the grand champion and reserve champion heifers were model animals for their age.

Deobald knew, based on the first couple of yearling classes he judged, the rest of the stock shown would be of the same prime caliber, an opinion judge Brenda Schoepp validated.

“I’d just like to acknowledge the degree of finesse and showmanship,” she said.

The judges were not the only ones in attendance impressed with the quality of the animals at the show.

Dennis McCauley and his wife Barb purchased the grand champion steer from first time champion Simon Stalder.

“I’ve bought Simon’s steer three years in a row,” McCauley announced proudly, already thinking about eating what he referred to as first class meat.

“The beef is amazing,” his wife added.

Ponoka 4-H Show and Sale results:

Grand Champion Steer: Simon Stalder

Reserve Champion Steer Tyson Matejka

Grand Champion Heifer: Virginia Harvey

Reserve Champion Heifer: Lisa Winter

Grand Champion Cow/Calf: Virginia Harvey

Reserve Champion Cow/Calf: Simon Stalder

Senior Judging Grand Champion: Matt Klimec

Intermediate Judging Grand Champion: Patrice Stalder

Junior Judging Grand Champion: Kelli-Rai Sieben

Grand Champion Senior Showmanship: Tyson Matejka

Grand Champion Intermediate Showmanship: Emily Gartner

Grand Championship Junior Showmanship: Kelli-Rai Sieben

Grand Champion Senior Grooming: Lisa Winter

Grand Champion Intermediate Grooming: Emily Gartner

Grand Champion Junior Grooming: Kelli-Rai Sieben

Top Rate of Gain: Brandon Shaw

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