Chancee Clark of Muldrow Takes 3rd Place in 2021 National Junior Angus Showmanship ContestWed, 28 Jul 2021 09:40:42 CDT
Members of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) all aspire to have the chance to compete for the Champion Showman title at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). Jace Stagemeyer of Nebraska had his dream come true as he was named the 2021 NJAS showmanship winner in Grand Island, Nebraska on July 17, 2021.
“I said to myself you’re either going big or going home, then they announced my name and all my nerves just went away,” Stagemeyer said. “Deep down inside I was thrilled. I knew I had the potential to do it, but it comes down to so many little nitty gritty things that are out of my control. I was super thrilled.”
Although many junior national shows have a showmanship contest, there are a few factors that come into play that potentially make this the most prestigious showmanship contest of them all. First, to have the opportunity to compete at the NJAS showmanship competition, juniors must be selected by their home state. The juniors that are selected have only one year of eligibility. At NJAS, juniors must compete in preliminary rounds with hopes of being selected as the top 15 showman and women.
The top 5 winners were selected by judges Cody Bock of Illinois; Britney Creamer of Colorado; Susan Henderson-Perry of California; and Bobby Strecker of Colorado. The top 5 winners are awarded each a coveted Silver Revere bowl sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary. As a part of being selected as the champion showman, the junior member is awarded the Dean Hurlbut Award in honor of the man who began the Angus showmanship competition in 1967.
These Angus enthusiasts won the top five showmanship at the 2021 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 15-17 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Jace Stagemeyer, Page, Neb., first place; Natalie Phillips, Masontown, W.Va., second place; Chancee Clark, Muldrow, Okla., third place; Hannah Tremaine, Oconomowoc, Wis., fourth place; Eva Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kan., fifth place; Britney Creamer, judge; Susan Perry, judge; and Cody Bock, judge. The top five showmen are named from the 15 finalists during the final round of competition. Each of the top five finishers received a cash prize from the Ham James Memorial Fund and a Silver Revere bowl from the American Angus Auxiliary. Photo by Pearl's Pics.
Showmanship exhibitors were evaluated on how they handle their animal, sportsmanship, plus their ability to follow instructions given by the judges. To enhance the contest further, exhibitors were given preselected heifers and switched animals with other exhibitors several times throughout the contest to prove their skills. The rest of the top 5 winners included: second place, Natalie Philips of West Virginia; third place, Chancee Clark of Oklahoma; fourth place, Hannah Tremaine of Wisconsin; and fifth place, Eva Hinrichsen of Kansas.
The National Junior Showmanship displays the best of the best in terms of livestock handling. The remaining top 15 contestant were: Brooklyn Curtin of Iowa, Kaitlyn Bell of Pennsylvania, Zachary McCall of Virginia, Whitney Walker of Arkansas, Maguire Rohr of Colorado, Erica Chapman of Iowa, Ashlyn Mool of Illinois, Alexandria Cozzitorto of Kansas, Skye Wimmer of Kansas and Claire Brown of Indiana.
— Written by Riley Reep, Angus Communications
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