September 25, 2015 - Members of the ’15-’16 Joaquin FFA Show Team started their show season last month, traveling to several jackpot livestock shows. They also traveled to Texarkana, Arkansas to compete in the Four States Fair Livestock Show.
Abi Hooper showed a steer, a Charolais, and two Beefmaster heifers. Her steer won Grand Champion at the Four States Fair and the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show and Reserve Grand Champion at the Detroit FFA Livestock Show. Her Beefmaster won Grand Champion of the American Division and Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer at the Colmesneil FFA Livestock Show and Reserve Grand Champion at the Waskom show. The Charolais won her breed at the Waskom show, and placed 2nd in class at the Four States Fair. Abi was selected Champion Jr. Steer Showman in Detroit, and she won both Steer and Heifer Showmanship Champion at the Colmesneil show. Last weekend, Abi’s Beefmaster won Grand Champion at the Carthage Clash Jackpot Show held by Panola Ag Boosters. Her steer won Supreme Champion.
Lauren Neal was selected as the Jr. Showmanship Champion at the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show held in Marshall, Texas. She exhibited two Limousin heifers, placing 1st and 2nd in their classes at both the Waskom FFA and Detroit FFA Shows. At the Four States Fair, both of Lauren’s Limousins came home with blue First Place ribbons for winning their classes. Lauren’s brother, Jake, showed a Limousin in Marshall, placing 3rd in his class.
Cralon Hughes caught a calf at the Houston Calf Scramble last March. He is showing a young Brangus heifer as a result of his successful catch. His young heifer placed 3rd and 4th in several competitive classes of Brangus cattle. Cralon was recognized as a top showman in the Senior Heifer Showmanship competition at the Colmesneil FFA Jackpot Show. At the Four States Fair, Cralon came home with a blue 1st in Class ribbon for his Brangus cow/calf pair. Also, at the Waskom show, Cralon exhibited a Braford calf and earned 1st Place.
Trey Harvey showed 2 Red Angus heifers in Detroit and 4 heifers at the Four States Fair. His Detroit calves placed 2nd and 3rd in a tough class of quality cattle. At Four States, two of his heifers who are close in age competed in the same class. They won 1st and 2nd Place. He also entered two other heifers who came home with blue ribbons. Trey’s heifers represented 3 classes in the Champion Drive of Red Angus, and his was selected Reserve Grand Champion.
Tucker and Allison Gamble are each showing Brangus heifers this year. At the Detroit FFA Jackpot Show, both Tucker and Allison’s heifers won 1st Place in each of their classes. Allison’s went on to win Reserve Grand Champion of the American Division. Tucker exhibited a Brangus at the Four States Fair. She won her class and received high praises from the judge.
The Joaquin FFA Show Team will travel to Tyler, Texas this week to compete with other FFA and 4-H members at the East Texas State Fair. The Junior Breeding Heifer Competition will be held Friday and Saturday, and the Junior Steer Show will be on Sunday.