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Kansas, Colo. kids succeed at NWSS Junior Market Beef competition

Story and photos Bridgett Weaver Reporter

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For complete results from Thursday’s Junior Market Beef competition at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, go to http://www.judgingresults.com/denver.html.

Family was the big topic of discussion among winners at the National Western Stock Show’s Junior Market Beef competition on Jan. 22.

The Grand Champion winner of the show, Shilo Schaake of Westmoreland, Kan., said he couldn’t do it without the help of his family.

“It takes the whole family to be able to do what we do, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them,” he said.

Schaake is a two-time winner of the Junior Market Beef Grand Champion title. His victory this year was secured with his 1,369-pound steer named Red Rocky.

“It was quite an experience to have the chance to win two years ago and again today,” he said.

Kersey, Colo.’s Austin Reitzenstein was also among the Grand Champions from each category who competed for the overall Grand Champion title.

While he didn’t catch the big win, Reitzenstein was happy to be part of the show.

“A lot of work goes into making it this far,” he said. “I usually work on the calves in the barn six to seven hours a day.”

Reitzenstein said he’s been in the show ring for most of his life, and his parents showed animals before him.

He brought two animals to National Western, and they both qualified for the champions’ auction.

Placing and making it to the auction are the big goal for the young men and women in the competition because their animals can go for thousands of dollars, and the higher they place, the more they’re worth.

The money he made will be put toward his college education, he said.

Reitzenstein said he likes showing, and it’s taught him a lot.

“(Showing) has helped me as a person, and just in everything,” he said.

He said he will be going to college to study something agriculture related. ❖

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