Asher students take most of top awards in goat competition.
Asher almost made a clean sweep in the goat competition at the Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show here at the Expo Center, winning all but one of the top awards.
Asher FFA and 4-H contestants captured the grand and reserve grand championship honors and two of the three showmanship awards.
The show continues this morning with the swine competition beginning at 9 a.m. Around 300 swine entries will be judged today.
Jada Wright, Asher 4-H, showed the grand champion doe. She also won the reserve grand champion wether award.
On her winning two awards, she said “It’s a really big honor because I work so hard with my animals and glad to see it pay off.”
She’s the 13-year-old daughter Freddy and Danni Wright. She is a seventh grader at Asher Junior High School. Her mother Danni competed in this show for 11 years and her father Freddy was in it for 13 years.
Jada said this is the first time for her to win the grand championship in this show, but she also won the grand champion doe award in the Central District Show earlier this year at the Expo Center.
With the grand champion honors, she automatically qualified for Friday night’s Premium auction.
She won the reserve grand champion doe honors last year at the Junior Livestock Show.
She said what she enjoys most here is “more people, more competition and the harder I have to work.”
This is the seventh year for her to show.
Jordan Luman, 16, and a sophomore at Asher High School, claimed the reserve grand champion doe award. Luman is a member of the Asher FFA. He is the son of Jared and Teresa Luman.
He also qualified for Friday night’s premium sale.
He’s been showing nine years, he said, and this is the first time to win the reserve grand championship in this show. He likes best about the show “being around the animals and the nice people and meeting new people.”
His dad showed cattle and swine in Garvin County during his high school years, he said.
He also has two sisters competing in the show. Breanna, 9, and Malerey, 18, will both be in today’s swine competition.
Capturing the grand champion wether honors was Tye Neeley, Asher FFA. He is a senior at Asher High School and has been showing since he was nine years old. He’s the son of Michael and Teresa Neeley.
With the grand champion honors, he’s automatically in Friday night’s premium sale.
He said during last year’s competition here he won the reserve grand champion doe honors.
Neeley said what he enjoys most is “the show is fun and visiting with his friends. He plans to attend Southeastern State University at Durant next fall and major in Environmental Health and Safety.
Claiming the senior showmanship award for the second consecutive year was Coleman Sanders, 17, of the Asher FFA. He’s a senior at Asher and the son of Robbie and Jan Sanders.
Sanders said he was at Wanette a year ago competing in this show and transferred to Asher for his senior year.
He’s been showing for about eight years he said. He enjoys “being able to show and fun here,” he said. He also qualified for the sale Friday night.
Winning Intermediate showmanship honors was Gavin Perkins, 15, of the McLoud 4-H. Perkins is the son of Shon and Nan Perkins.
He’s a sophomore at McLoud High School. He said he’s been showing since he was nine. He also qualified for the sale.
Perkins said he’s won the junior showmanship award in a previous year here. About the show, he said “my favorite part is all the nice kids and everyone is helpful.”
Junior showmanship honors were won by Kaydence Sanders, 9, of the Asher 4-H. Her parents are Michelle and B.J. Sanders.
This is her first year to show. She’s a third grader at Asher. She said “I didn’t think I would win.”
Young Kaydence also made Friday night’s Premium sale.
Sponsoring the top awards in the goat show were:
Grand champion doe— Vision Bank.
Reserve grand champion doe— ONG.
Grand champion wether— Hull and Totten, P.C.
Reserve grand champion wether— Chisholm Trail Farm Credit.
Senior showmanship— T&R Design
Intermediate showmanship— Gilbert Insurance Agency
Junior showmanship— St. Anthony’s Hospital.
This is the remaining schedule for the week:
Today: 9 a.m. swine show.
Friday 5:30 p.m. PCJLS Appreciation reception
6:30 p.m. Awards/Scholarship presentation
7 p.m. Premium auction.