UW coach announces top 4-H’ers in 307 Livestock Judging Series

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Junior All-State Team from left with Tyler Bauer, University of Wyoming intern; Emmy Hornecker, Natrona County; Riley Lake, Albany County; and Caleb Boardman, UW livestock judging teach coach. Not Pictured, Paiyzli Baker, Sublette County.

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.

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Intermediate All-State Team from left with Tyler Bauer, University of Wyoming intern; Kymber Stinson, Albany County; Emma Gonzalez, Laramie County; McKinly Hepp, Johnson County; Garrett Burkett, Natrona County; Haidyn Hornecker receiving award for her brother, Brekken, Natrona County; and UW livestock judging coach Caleb Boardman.

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.”

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UW Livestock Judging Team records best finish in 30+ years

Team members and coaches with award ribbons, plaques, banners trophies and one silver bowl
From left, Colby Hales, assistant coach; Connor Madsen, Wheatland; Kyle Cavey, Berthoud, Colorado; Kassi Renner, Lovell; Zane Mackey, Torrington; Amanda Hartman, Denton, Montana; Garrett Barton, Poway, California; Ty Shockley, Wheatland; Paige Aylward, Dickens, Nebraska; Tyler Bauer, Johnstown, Colorado; Lucas Stalcup, Ashland, Montana; Caleb Boardman, coach

The 2017 University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Team finished 8th at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November in Louisville, Kentucky. This marks the first top-10 finish at the National Championship in at least 30 years Coach Caleb Boardman said.

“We have records of scores dating back to 1993, and from visiting with past team members through the late 80s, we can say this is the best finish for the program at the International in a very long time,” said Boardman.

Nationally, 138 contestants represented 29 universities at the contest. In addition to earning 8th overall, the team finished 5th in performance cattle, 6th in swine, 8th in overall beef and 9th in reasons. The total scores posted, as well as those in cattle, hogs and reasons are the highest on record for UW.

The team was led by Zane Mackey and Garrett Barton, who both finished in the top 30 overall. Barton tied for 2nd in swine reasons and was 5th overall in swine.

Earlier in the fall, the team finished 8th at the National Barrow Show, AKSARBEN and the Flint Hills Classic contests and finished 9th overall at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, at the end of October.

“Although the team was hoping for higher finishes at both Kansas City and Louisville, by being top-10 at both contests, they became one of six universities that finished in the top 10 at every national contest this year. That is a great accomplishment, and we’re very proud of them,” said Boardman, who is assisted by graduate student coach Colby Hales.

Individually, Tyler Bauer led the team at the American Royal with a 6th-place finish out of 122 contestants. He was also 4th in cattle and 11th in both sheep and reasons. The team finished 9th in each of the beef, sheep and reasons categories and 10th in hogs out of 25 teams.

“This marks the end of a chapter for these students, and while this team has helped establish UW as a nationally competitive program, I’m more excited to see what they accomplish in their future endeavors,” said Boardman. “A long line of successful alumni have come through this program over the years, and my goal is that these students will continue that legacy of making an impact in whatever they do.”

Boardman extended thanks to the producers who allow the team to practice with their livestock, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Animal Science and private donors who support their travel throughout the year.

The UW judging programs include the livestock, horse and meats judging teams

Ty Shockley named to All-American team

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Ty Shockley

Ty Shockley, member of the University of Wyoming Livestock Judging team, was one of 11 college seniors named All-Americans at the 112th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, November 14.

The All-American program recognizes students who have made a commitment to livestock judging and have excelled in academics, university and industry activities and community service. Shockley, from Wheatland, Wyoming, judged competitively at both Casper College and UW.

Along with owning and managing his own cattle company, he has served as president and adviser for the Wyoming Junior Angus Association. On campus, he serves as a justice with the University of Wyoming Judicial Council and was named outstanding senior in the College of Business. Shockley is also the treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi, accounting tutor for Beta Alpha Psi and member of UW transfer student advisory committee.

Shockley served during summer 2017 as a White House intern for vice presidential operations. After graduating in May 2018 with bachelor of science degrees in accounting and agricultural business, he hopes to become a certified public accountant.

His further goal is to continue his education with a joint MBA/JD degree and pursue a career in politics in Washington, D.C.

The University of Wyoming was one of only five universities to have a team member named as an All-American. In 2016, BW Ochsner became the first named from UW.

For more information, contact livestock judging coach Caleb Boardman at caleb.boardman@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2159.

UW Livestock Judging Team records first top-five national finish in 25 years

Members of the University of Wyoming Livestock Judging team after the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest awards banquet. From left, coach Caleb Boardman; Zane Mackey, Torrington; Connor Madsen, Wheatland; Ty Shockley, Wheatland; Paige Alyward, Dickens, Nebraska; Garret Barton, Poway, California; Kassi Renner, Lovell; Amanda Hartman, Denton, Montana; Kyle Cavey, Berthoud, Colorado; Lucas Stalcup, Ashland, Montana; Tyler Bauer, Fort Collins, Colorado; assistant coach Colby Hales.

Two University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Team members this spring recorded the highest-ever UW scores at national meets, and the team posted its first top-five national finish in 25 years.

Coach Caleb Boardman said Tyler Bauer, Fort Collins, Colo., and Zane Mackey, Torrington, posted the two scores at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in March, and UW placed fourth at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Intercollegiate Livestock Show in February.

“The 2017 University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Team had a very successful spring season,” said Boardman. The team placed in the top 10 overall at each of the three national contests.The team had multiple practice contests, judging more than 100 classes before the Denver National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in January.

“All of the workouts and practice contests paid off after the team was awarded tenth overall at the NWSS,” he said.

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Park County 4-H team wins Arizona livestock judging contest

Members of the Park County 4-H Senior Livestock Judging team are, from left, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara, Bronson Smith, McKennah Buck.

Park County’s 4-H Livestock Judging Team won the senior division at the 33-team Arizona National Livestock Show Judging Contest, and three of its members placed in the top 10 individually out of 141 contestants.

McKennah Buck, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara and Bronson Smith competed in the contest New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, said Tycee Mohler, Park County 4-H educator. Mehling and O’Hara placed fifth and sixth, and Smith was ninth overall.

Park County hasn’t had a champion senior judging team since 2006 at either the state or national level, said Mohler, who coaches the team.