Cows and kids | Junior members hone judging, grooming and showmanship skills at annual show
Three of the leaders at this year’s Canadian Junior Limousin Association conference in Saskatoon took different strategies into the show ring.
“Make sure my animal is well behaved, watered, filled up nice,” said Brandon Hollingsworth of Orono, Ont., a senior member.
Added Cassidy Matthews, an intermediate member from Olds, Alta.: “Just make sure I’m clean, brush my hair.”
Jayden Payne, a senior member from Lloydminster, Sask., probably took the most laid back approach.
“I have a lucky show stick, but that’s about it.”
All three members have each been showing cattle for more than a dec-ade. Matthews and Hollingsworth have been involved in the association for a few years, while Payne has been a member for close to 14 years.
They all said their favorite part of the show is the people.
“Just seeing everyone,” said Hollingsworth.
“Like being from Ontario, you don’t see the western families as much, so coming out is great. It’s like a big reunion with all the cattle people. It’s always nice to see everyone again.”
The three members also said they enjoy helping the younger members.
Payne, Matthews and Hollingsworth competed in photography, team judging, print and oral marketing, team grooming, industry quiz, showmanship and the conformation class.
Payne was on the team that finished first in team grooming, second in senior team judging, third in senior showmanship overall, second in print marketing and first in industry quiz.
Payne also won reserved supreme champion and the purebred division reserve champion with the cow-calf pair Greenwood Young & Restless.
Matthews and Hollingsworth were together on the team that finished third in grooming.
Matthews placed third in intermediate showmanship overall and first in print marketing. Matthews was also the 4-H division champion with Pinnacles Alls Excited.
Hollingsworth placed fourth in his class in senior showmanship and first in oral marketing. He also placed second in the heifer calf open division with B Bar Urban Girl 2B.
The Saskatoon show wasn’t the end of the season for these members.
Payne will be taking part in Stockade Roundup, Farm Fair and Agribition, Matthews has Bashaw All Breeds, Canadian Western Agribition in Regina and Farm Fair in Edmonton lined up and Hollingsworth plans to attend eight fairs as well as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
The conference, which was held July 24-26, was attended by people from Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Show chair Lee Carpenter said there was a good turnout with almost 60 cattle at the show.
Thirty-five young people participated.