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Saturday, October 3, 2015

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Canadians Sweep 2015 Youth Showmanship Contest

MADISON, WIS. – A total of 306 youth competed in the 2015 World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship Contest on Thursday, October 1. Youth showmen from 25 different states and 3 provinces competed for top showmanship honors in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions. Taking top honors in the Junior division was Savannah Crack from Richmond, QC; the Intermediate division was won by Madison Dyment from Burgessville, ON; and lastly Alana McKinven from Canton De Hatley, QC clenched the Senior division.

The top ten winners received neck ribbons and a cash prize. The first place winner of each division received a special award; the Junior division winner received the W. Terry Howard award, the Intermediate division winner received the Howard Voegeli award, and the Senior divison winner received the Keith King award. Each division winner also received a custom embroidered jacket, sponsored by FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.

Serving as judges this year were: Judge Brian Behnke from Albany, Wis., Junior division; Judge Kathy Beerwort of Canton De Hatley, QC, Intermediate division and Judge Brian Carscadden of Guelph, ON, Senior division.

Top ten youth winners of each division are as follows:

Juniors (Ages 9-12):

1. Savannah Crack, Richmond, QC

2. Brooke Krueger, De Pere, Wis.

3. Ashlyn Sarbacker, Edgerton, Wis.

4. Haley Beukema, New Richmond, Wis.

5. Kaydence Hodorff, Eden, Wis.

6. Molly Olstad, Stoughton, Wis.

7. McKenzie Calvert, Cuba City, Wis.

8. Ashton Haack, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

9. Jared Abraham, Plymouth, Wis.

10. Natalie Roe, Monticello, Wis.


Intermediate (Ages 13-16):

1. Madison Dyment, Burgessville, Ont.

2. Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, Wis.

3. Olivia Brandenburg, Fort Atkinson, Wis.

4. Patrick Youse, Ridgely, Md.

5. Cory Schmidt, Cosmos, Minn.

6. Kylie Nickels, Watertown, Wis.

7. Lindsey Sarbacker, Edgerton, Wis.

8. Summer Henschel, Chilton, Wis.

9. Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wis.

10. Sydney Kleingartner, Gackle, N.D.


Senior (Ages 17-20):

1. Alana McKinven, Canton De Hatley, QC

2. Emmanuel Brisson, Canton De Hatley, QC

3. Emma Farlinger, Morrisburg, Ont.

4. Christopher Deklein, Mossley, Ont.

5. Ava Doner, Courtice, Ont.

6. Tanner Topp, New Bremen, Ohio

7. Deanna Ringelberg, Troy, Ont.

8. Jocelyn Forster, Lynden, Ont.

9. Elizabeth Acle, Guys Mills, Pa.

10. Derek Van De Walle, St. Mary’s, Ont.

The generous support from sponsors makes the World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship Contest possible. This year’s sponsors included: E-Zee Milking Equipment, LLC, Masters Choice Hybrids, MVE Chart, Andis Company, Double S Liquid Feed Services, Inc., Wisconsin State Farmer, LIFELINE, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative, and Ayrshire Breeders Association.

WDE, recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry, attracts more than 70,000 attendees from more than 90 countries each year. Visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WDExpo or #WDE15) for more information.