Girl battles beast in cattle show event CARROLL COUNTY 4-H/FFA FAIR

August 05, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

A contest among young cattle-showers became a battle between girl and beast yesterday at the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair in Westminster.

Jill Harrison was pushed around the ring by a black Angus steer several times her size during the junior class competition for 9- and 10-year-olds. But next year, Jill will be able to manage the steer, judge Erskine Cash predicted.

"This little lady is going to whip you all next year," Mr. Cash said as he awarded Jill fourth place. "That steer has a big weight advantage, but she's determined. She'll be back next year."

Matt Histan took first and champion in the junior class, Benjamin Coffin took second and reserve champion, and Aaron Horner took third.

The event was one of several featured during the annual farm fair at the Agriculture Center, which runs through 8:30 Saturday night.

Today, visitors can watch the English horse and pony show at 8:30 a.m. and the livestock auction, which benefits individual 4-Hers and various charities, at 6 p.m.

Tomorrow, visitors can attend the small animal dress-up at 3 p.m., take a chance in cow-chip bingo at 4:30 p.m. and view an "anything goes" contest at 5:30 p.m. before the awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m.

"It's all right," Katie Henley repeated to her steer, trying to calm him down during the novice class for 8- to 12-year-olds. "Shhhh."

Katie -- who usually shows sheep -- kept working with the big animal, moving his feet into place and hauling on his harness when he wouldn't move.

Another girl, Micki Luethje, took the prize in this contest, capturing first among 8- to 12-year-old novices and grand champion in the novice class overall.

"She [Katie] has a little more to control than the others," said Mr. Cash in judging this five-person class. "She knows what she wants to do. Today, that animal might not be as responsive as he is on other days."

As for Micki, she did a better job of fitting, or grooming, her animal, Mr. Cash said.

"I know showmanship is in good hands when I see young people like this," he said.

Grand champion among all classes was Brett Fogle, who also won champion in the senior class for 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds.

"This young man has not made a mistake since he first stepped into the ring," said Mr. Cash. "He is very comfortable, confident, and the animal is responsive. He looks like he could show animals all day."

L Mr. Cash said the grand champion choice was not an easy one.

In fact, the judge said, he would have liked to award two reserve champions if possible: one to Mike Harrison, who was awarded intermediate champion, and one to Cara Harrison, who had garnered senior reserve champion.

Mike scored slightly higher than his sister to earn the reserve grand champion ribbon.

"Any one of these three could go to work for any major cattle operation, show cattle and be successful," Mr. Cash said.

The champion of champions, a class that pits this year's grand champion against those from the past two years, is Monica Feeser. The grand champion from 1992, she was not only able to show her animal, but could calm Brett's heifer, which had been jumpy.

"That animal didn't move once while she was there with it," Mr. Cash said. "That had a big influence on my thinking."

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