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Young organization hosts national Gelbvieh show

By Janet Kubat Willette

Date Modified: 07/19/2013 8:46 AM

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ROCHESTER — The American Gelbvieh Junior Association Northern Lights Classic drew 265 cattle and 150 youth to the Olmsted County fairgrounds June 30 through July 5.

The national show was hosted by Minnesota's Junior Gelbvieh Association, which was organized three years ago. The Minnesota junior association is comprised of 18 youth members, said Ann Riebel, of Lewiston. The youth and their parents organized the show, raised funds, sought sponsors, brought in toys for children to play with, fed youth and their families and made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be. Riebel singled out Lori Maude for her work as Maude moved back to the home farm in South Dakota but continued to be involved in planning the show in Minnesota.

Several barns on the fairgrounds were brimming with cattle on Friday, show day for the Northern Lights Classic. The classic started June 30 with educational events in the evening. On July 1, a sales talk and Skillathon Contest were conducted. Fitting and Quiz Bowl activities were July 2. A judging contest was held on July 3 and a showmanship contest on July 4.

Inside the barns, youth worked side-by-side with adults to prepare cattle for the show ring. Fathers instructed daughters on proper technique for combing cattle hair, while mothers made sure cattle were watered. Friends stopped to chat.

When it was time to walk to the show ring, parents walked alongside cattle, with youth at the halter.

Youth came from several states, including: Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.

It's mostly a breeding stock show, Riebel said, with most animals shown being heifers. Fewer than 10 steers were shown and about a dozen bulls. Cow and calf pairs were also shown.

The Grand Champion steer was shown by Tanner Taubenheim, of Amberst, Neb., and the reserve grand champion steer was shown by John R. Shearer, of Canton, Kans.

The Grand Champion bull was Garbanzo Bean shown by Sydney Bigger, of Media, Ill., and the Reserve Champion was Ameis shown by Cade Cameron, of Danville, Iowa.

The Grand Champion heifer was Prettywoman shown by Wyatt Taylor, of Kiowa, Colo., and the Grand Champion cow-calf pair was Rylee shown by Connor Durham, of Piedmont, S.C.

Next year's American Gelbvieh Junior Association show is June 29 to July 4 in Sioux Falls, S.D.