Du Quoin, Illinois - Salers enthusiasts and junior exhibitors gathered in Du Quoin, Ill., from July 11-14, 2012 for the 28th annual Junior National Show. Junior members participated in a wide variety of contest and events throughout the Junior National with a great week ending on the 14th with the evaluation of the cattle by Duane and Julie Stephens from West Salem, Ill.
Justin and Hannah Spittler judged the ever competitive Team Fitting contest on the 12th and awarded the championship honors to Landon Liebhart, Maryville, Mo., Riley Spire, Maryville, Mo., Amelia Liebhart, New Boston, Mo., Casey Huffmaster, Williford, Ark., and Tygr Taylor, Lewisburg, Tenn. Friday morning Salers junior exhibitors competed in the No Fit Showmanship contest. Alex Popplewell, Russell Springs, Ky., took home champion Senior Showman honors, Madyson Maze, Goreville, Ill., won the Intermediate division and Junior champion was Morgan Street, Cave City, Ark. Justin and Hannah Spittler judged the No Fit Showmanship competition and did a very nice job working with the junior members.
Later that afternoon the 2012/2013 Queen and Princess were selected. The new Queen of the American Salers Junior Association is Sarah Bush, Blairstown, Mo., and the 2012/2013 Princess is Lindsey Huffmaster, Williford, Ark.
Following the selection of the Grand Champion Heifer, Kevin and Lisa Babs, Salem, Ill., came together to evaluate the junior exhibitors in the Showmanship Showdown competition. This competition judges the exhibitor on not only their ability to exhibit their animal, but to fit and present their animal as well. This year’s winner was Casey Huffmaster, Williford, Ark., and reserve went to Nick Zastrow, Long Prairie, Minn.
Summary of Show Winners
Grand Champion Heifer
Sarah Bush, Blairstown, MO. - 3D Ms Allura, born February 18, 2011, Sire: GGT Pld Blk Heavy Hitter. Earlier named Grand Champion Junior Heifer.
Reserve Grand Champion Heifer
Amanda Jo Liebhart, New Boston, MO. - DJF Miss 03X, born September 5, 2010, Sire: DJF Rolen. Earlier named Grand Champion Senior Heifer.
Division Heifer Winners
Grand Champion Heifer Calf
Ashley Nicole Salyers, Billings, MO. - JCGC Yulee 137Y, born October 15, 2011, Sire: DJF Whiskey River 9006W.
Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Calf
Lindsey Huffmaster, Williford, AR. - SCC Lulu 91Y, born November 1, 2011, Sire: JCGC Wide Load 1948W.
Grand Champion Intermediate Heifer
Jacob Irwin, Ola, AR. - ZBR Jolie Girl 081Y, born March 16, 2011, Sire: PW Blk Winston 13W.
Reserve Grand Champion Intermediate Heifer
Jenna K Stewart, Guthrie, OK. - ZBR Unique News 075Y, born March 15, 2011, Sire: PW Blk Winston 13W.
Reserve Grand Champion Junior Heifer
Morgan Leeann Street, Cave City, AR. - THATS Whitley 98Y, born February 1, 2011, Sire: JCGC Unmatched 820U.
Reserve Grand Champion Senior Heifer
Lane Bray, Sidney, AR. - LARU Pld Krisi 127X, born August 26, 2010, Sire: H & S Torque.
Grand Champion Bred and Owned Salers Heifer
Haley Harris, Mt Juliet, TN. - HHS Miss Whiskey 152Y, born December 2, 2011, Sire: DJF Whiskey River 9006W.
Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Salers Heifer
Jessica Lauren Dixon, Pawhuska, OK. - JESS Dream Girl Y100, born March 17, 2011, Sire: TSB Mo Jo 35U.
Grand Champion Optimizer Heifer
Kristen Leigh Brewer, Goreville, IL. - ETC Ms Dream 137Y, born February 14, 2011, Sire: BRM Explorer.
Reserve Grand Champion Optimizer Heifer
Jamie Maze, Goreville, IL. - MAZ Yazoo 188Y, born April 6, 2011, Sire: H & S Tonka.
Grand Champion Bred & Owned Optimizer Heifer
Miranda L Zumbehl, New Bloomfield, MO. - MZ Pld Layla 13Y, born May 11, 2011, Sire: Mercedes Benz.
Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Optimizer Heifer
Lane Bray, Sidney, AR. - BRAL Star Fawn 02Z, born March 3, 2011, Sire: BRAL Six Pack 01W.
Grand Champion Optimizer Cow/Calf Pair
Kirsten Brewer, Goreville, IL - MAZ Blackburst 15X, born May 4, 2010, Sire: H & S Tonka
Bull Calf: KLB Zip 15Z, born April 4, 2012, Sire: MAZ Woodrow
Grand Champion Salers Cow/Calf Pair
Madyson Maze, Goreville, IL - ZBR Blk Moonstone 016X, born February 26, 2010, Sire: SW Thunder 9T
Bull Calf: MAZ Zumba 16Z, born June 16, 2012, Sire: H & S Tonka
Reserve Champion Salers Cow/Calf Pair
Meagan Maze, Goreville, IL - H & S Ursula, born March 21, 2008, Sire: H & S MAC
Bull Calf: MAZ Zeus, born April 6, 2010, Sire: MAZ Woodrow 40U
Supreme Champion Steer
Miranda Zumbehl, New Bloomfield, MO - MZ Pld Yellowstone 72Y, born March 12, 2011, weight: 1210, Sire: THZ Blk Pld Winchester 3W. Earlier named Champion Market Steer.
Reserve Supreme Champion Steer
Miranda Zumbehl, New Bloomfield, MO - MZ Pld Yuma 23Y, born October 18, 2011, weight: 760, Sire: THZ Blk Pld Winchester 3W. Earlier named Champion Prospect Steer.
Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer
Faith Barringer, Buncombe, IL - Texas Ranger 117Y, born March 20, 2011, weight: 1415, Sire: KKCC Quicksilver 660S
Reserve Grand Champion Prospect Steer
Eden Moore, Mead, NE - Yeti, born October 12, 2011, weight: 806, Sire: M & M Maximillion 208
At the end of the cattle show the two top showmen were awarded the most highlighted awards for the whole show. Those who wanted to participate in this contest had to pre-enter, fit and show their own animals. Participants were judged throughout the cattle show on their fitting and showing skills.
Grand Champion Showmanship Showdown
Casey Huffmaster, Williford, AR
Reserve Grand Champion Showmanship Showdown
Nick Zastrow, Long Prairie, MN
Grand Champion No-Fit Senior Showman
Alex Popplewell, Russell Springs, KY
Reserve Champion No-Fit Senior Showman
Jamie Maze, Goreville, IL
Grand Champion No-Fit Intermediate Showman
Madyson Maze, Goreville, IL
Reserve Champion No-Fit Intermediate Showman
Haley Harris, Mt Juliet, TN
Grand Champion No-Fit Junior Showman
Morgan Street, Cave City, AR
Reserve Champion No-Fit Junior Showman
Eian Wolf, Buhl, ID
The Queen and Princess contests were popular contests for the young ladies. The ASJA Queen and Princess represent the American Salers Association throughout the year by attending National Salers Shows.
ASA Queen and Princess
Queen – Sarah Bush, Blairstown, MO
Princess – Lindsey Huffmaster, Williford, AR
ASA Little Princess
Little Princess – Deanna Ortiz, Jonesborough, TN
At the conclusion of the show Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder awards were presented. The ASJA Premier Exhibitor Award is named the Brenton Salyers Premier Exhibitor award.
Brenton Salyers Premier Exhibitor Award
Miranda Zumbehl, New Bloomfield, MO.
The ASJA Board presented an Honorary Member award to a member who has shown exceptional support over the years for the activities of the junior association. This year the award was presented to Lonnie Moore, 4M Salers, Mead NE
Each year for the past 28 years the ASJA has held Junior National Show events where ASJA members compete with members from across the United States. The highlight of the Junior National is the National Heifer, Steer, Bull Calf and Cow/Calf Show. The week is also full of educational workshops and events unique to each junior show location.
Spirit Stick Winner and Herdsman
Spirit Stick - Jessica Dixon
Herdsman - Lane Bray, Sidney, AR
The ASJA is the junior association of the American Salers Association. Its mission is to enhance the Salers breed, involve and educate junior Salers enthusiasts and to develop future leaders for the Beef Cattle Industry.