A summer series of livestock judging camps designed to boost skills among 4-H’ers – and increase opportunities for college scholarships – culminated at the state fair when the top scorers in three divisions were recognized.
University of Wyoming livestock judging team coach Caleb Boardman presented 307 Livestock Judging Series certificates to five senior, five intermediate and three junior participants.
4-H’ers could compete in twelve 307 Livestock Judging days and camps. They had to attend at least three and then compete at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo, noted Boardman.
“We are trying to give students interested in judging more opportunities to compete,” Boardman said. “The more experience you get, the better you will be.”
All-State Award recipients in their divisions and their counties are:
Juniors (ages 8-10) – Riley Lake, Albany; Emmy Hornecker, Natrona; Paiyzli Baker, Sublette.
Intermediate (ages 11-13) – Kymber Stinson, Albany; McKinly Hepp, Johnson; Emma Gonzalez, Laramie; Garrett Burkett, Brekken Hornecker, Natrona.
Seniors (ages 14-18) – Kemsley Gallegos, Alexis Lake, Saige Ward, Albany; Emma Mercer, Big Horn; Logan Mehling, Park.
There are sports camps in summer, why not livestock judging camps, asked Boardman, who noted the camps have aided student recruitment to UW.
“I don’t want to take anything away from sports, but the majority of students from Wyoming, if they get scholarships, will be academic or agricultural scholarships,” he said. “If you look at the ag industry, UW Extension and the college of agriculture, all of these students are working toward gaining a scholarship and being on a collegiate competition team.”