Diane Prather: Moffat County 4-H and FFA fares well at National Western Stock Show

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Diane Prather

The 2011 National Western Stock Show in Denver has come and gone, and Moffat County 4-H and FFA members brought home not only a lot of awards, but numerous memories, too.

Craig resident Phyllis DeLong summed it up.

“No matter whether it’s pigs or goats or lambs or whatever, kids that go to big shows are good at what they do,” she said.

Kids (and adults, too) show up at the Stock Show from all over the country so the livestock classes are very large.

For example, Craig resident Jackie Goodnow said approximately 150 market goats were shown at this year’s Stock Show. Other livestock numbers were similarly high, so placing during competition is a “really big deal.”

“So many kids that show up with good animals don’t place,” DeLong said.

In addition, only a select number of market animals are allowed to sell (by placings) during the National Western Junior Livestock Sale.

This year, Moffat County 4-H and FFA exhibitors not only placed during competitions, but two of them came home champions, and one got to sell at the Junior Livestock Sale.

Starting with market goats, the 2011 National Western Stock Show results are as follows:

• Market goats, junior showmanship — Andrea Maneotis, of Craig, champion.

• Market goats, senior showmanship — Karissa Maneotis, of Craig, fourth place.

• Market goats, lightweight No. 1 — Andrea Maneotis, of Craig, second place.

• Market goats, lightweight No. 1 — Alexi Goodnow, of Craig, third place.

• Market goats, lightweight No. 2 — Makayla Goodnow, of Craig, first place.

• Market goats, medium weight No. 4 — Alexi Goodnow, of Craig, sixth place.

• Market goats, medium weight No. 4 — Karissa Maneotis, of Craig, seventh place.

• Market goats, medium weight No. 5 — Andrea Maneotis, of Craig, second place.

• Market goats, medium weight No. 7 — Makayla Goodnow, of Craig, third place.

• Market goats, medium weight No. 7 — Karissa Maneotis, of Craig, 10th place.

• Market goats, medium weight No. 8 — Alexi Goodnow, of Craig, second place.

• Market goats, heavyweight No. 9 — Makayla Goodnow, of Craig, third place.

• Market goats, lightweight division — Makayla Goodnow, of Craig, champion.

• Market goats, junior livestock auction — Makayla Goodnow, of Craig, third high-selling goat.

• Market lambs, intermediate showmanship — Darren McLaughlin, of Craig, fourth place.

• Market lambs, blackface No. 4 — Jerica DeLong, of Craig, sixth place.

• Market swine, ChesterWhite — Andrea Maneotis, of Craig, 11th place.

• Market swine, spotted — Andrea Maneotis, of Craig, sixth place.

• Market swine, crossbred — Nathan Chapman, of Craig, sixth place.

• Prospect steers, No. 4 — Lacie Coupe, of Craig, ninth place.

• Prospect steers, No. 12 — Lacie Coupe, of Craig, fifth place.

• Prospect steers, No. 12 — Call Camblin, of Maybell, 11th place.

• Prospect steers, No. 13 — Chelsee Camblin, of Maybell, 13th place.

• Prospect heifers, No. 100D — Mackenzie Camblin, of Maybell, eighth place.

The Stock Show placings were even sweeter for some of the Moffat County exhibitors who raised their own animals or chose them from family herds.

For example, Nathan Chapman raised his own crossbred market swine. Jerica DeLong’s lamb came from her family ranch herd.

These are just two examples — raising their own animals is true of other exhibitors, too.

“The whole family takes pride in knowing that the lambs Jerica shows and does well with are lambs that we bred and raised,” Phyllis DeLong said.

The National Western is a family affair, one that families look forward to each January.

Makayla Goodnow reflected on the show.

“Stock Show is something our family looks forward to every year,” she said. “We get to see our show friends that we’ve met over the years. The competition at Stock Show is always tough, but it makes it more fun. It makes you feel really good when you do well. We have fun either way, but it’s an added bonus to do well.”

Phyllis DeLong explained.

“The showing is our sport, no different from kids who wrestle or play basketball,” she said. “During year-long competitions we make friends, so during the National Western, we look forward to meeting up with our friends.

“It takes a whole family to get everything ready to get to Stock Show. It takes real commitment.”

Hats off to all Moffat County 4-H and FFA exhibitors.

Copyright Diane Prather, 2011.

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