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Local youths fare well at 2010 National Western Stock Show

When this author asked Moffat County 4-H and FFA members to reflect on their experiences at the 2010 National Western Stock Show, she heard nothing but positive comments.

Not one negative word.

There's nothing that compares to competing in Denver's National Western Stock Show.

For one thing, exhibitors come from all over the United States, from Canada, and perhaps other places, too.

For another, the quality of livestock and showmanship is very high. And then, because the number of entries in a single event are large, placing in a Stock Show event is a real achievement, indeed.

Makayla Goodnow, a 4-H and FFA member from Craig, knows all about the incredible number of entries in an event. She entered Intermediate Lamb Showmanship and was one of 106 competitors. Makayla won 12th place in the event.

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" I don't know how many people from home really realize how hard it was for us to get there and how high the quality of livestock and showmen there are at Stock Show," Makayla said.

"I really liked the Stock Show," Makayla's sister, Alexi said. "I've been going awhile. There's a lot of competition, but we did well. It was really a good year for Stock Show and a lot of fun."

Makayla and Alexi had two market goats apiece in competition, and Makayla showed a market lamb.

Makayla placed fourth in the Light Weight Market Goat Class No. 100C and fifth in Heavy Weight Class No. 100I. Alexi placed second in Market Goat Medium Weight Class No. 100F and fifth in Heavy Weight Class No. 100G. Makayla's Blackface Market Lamb placed eighth in Class No. 300N.

Alexi placed fifth in Junior Market Goat Showmanship.

Makayla summed up her Stock Show experience.

"It shows hard work pays off," she said. "It's not all about winning. It's the experience, too. I'm in it for the experience and meeting new people."

Jerica DeLong, of Craig, agreed with Makayla.

"I like spending time with my friends from other counties," she said.

Jerica showed two lambs in the Blackface Market Lamb classes for which she received sixth and 15th places.

"I was proud that I placed 6th with a lamb that I raised," she said. "I had a lot of fun."

Also showing a lamb at the Stock Show was Darren McLaughlin. He placed 12th in Class No. 300K, Blackface Market Lambs. Darren is also from Craig.

Karissa Maneotis, of Craig, showed two market blackface lambs. She received 12th place in Class No. 300F and 10th place in Class 300H. But that's only part of the story about the Stock Show competition for Karissa and her sister, Andrea.

Andrea and Karissa brought championship ribbons with them when they returned to Moffat County.

Andrea was named Grand Champion Junior Market Goat Showman, and Karissa was Reserve Grand Champion Senior Market Goat Show­man.

In the market goat competition, Andrea received a fourth place in the Lightweight Class No. 100A and sixth place in Lightweight Class No. 100C. Karissa placed third in Market Goat Medium Weight Class No. 100F.

But, that's not all.

Karissa also showed a Berkshire market swine. She placed 11th in Class No. 100A.

Mandi Ellgen, also of Craig, a 4-H and FFA member and Moffat County High School junior, competed at the Stock Show with two market swine — a purebred Hampshire and a cross.

"It was a real good experience," Mandi said. "It was neat to see other people there from all over the United States and to be able to compete against some of them.

"It was fun to be there with other kids from Moffat County. So much to see, so much going on."

Nathan Chapman, of Craig, also entered Market Swine. His Duroc Market Swine placed eighth in Class No. 300F. Nathan's Chester White Market Swine was second in Class No. 200C.

And there are still more 2010 Stock Show results, including the Prospect Steer and Heifer Show, FFA Heifer Wrangle, and the Catch-it-Calf Show.

All of this and results of the Arizona National next week.

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