News Release

Saturday, October 5, 2019

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                   Jenna Langrehr, Communications Specialist,
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Dairy Youth Show Off Skills During 2019 WDE Youth Showmanship Contest 

MADISON, WIS. – Youth from around the globe participated in the 2019 World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship Contest on Thursday, October 3. More than 350 exhibitors competed in this year’s contest. Topping the Junior Division, winning the W. Terry Howard Award, sponsored by Images Custom Embroidery, and clippers from Andis Company was Morgan Howard of Burgessville, Ontario, Canada. Winner of the Intermediate Division, the Howard Voegeli Award, sponsored by Images Custom Embroidery, and Clippers from Andis Company was Olivia Finke of London, Ohio. Joey Opsal of Blue Mounds, Wis. won the Senior Division, receiving the Keith King Award, sponsored by Images Custom Embroidery, and a semen tank courtesy of MVE Chart.

Nate Oleniacz, Brian Coyne and Dan Bauer served as the official judges of the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Division, respectively.

Top 15 youth winners of each division are as follows:

Junior (Ages 9-12):

  1. Morgan Howard, Burgessville, Ontario, Canada
  2. Christopher Gunst, Pine River, Wis.
  3. Lillian Finke, London, Ohio
  4. Wyatt Dorshorst, Marshfield, Wis.
  5. Mason Ziemba, Durhamville, N.Y.
  6. Lauren Stutika, Milton, Wis.
  7. Grace Depew, Argyle, N.Y.
  8. Ellie Larson, Evansville, Wis.
  9. Peyton Voegeli, Arlington, Wis.
  10. Taylor Stone, Greenfield, Ind.
  11. Tristen Ostrom, De Pere, Wis.
  12. Russell Prins, Brighton, Ontario, Canada
  13.  Justin Giese, Edgar, Wis.
  14. Lily Marshman, Oxford, N.Y.
  15. Kaleb Pond, Bellefontaine, Ohio

Intermediate (Ages 13-16):

  1. Olivia Finke, London, Ohio
  2. Brynn Emery, Sullivan, Wis.
  3. Emma Paulson, Columbus, Wis.
  4. Rachel Visser, Hutchinson, Minn.
  5. Katelyn Renee Taylor, Allenwood, Pa
  6. Ainsley Noble, Lancaster, Wis.
  7. Kaelyn Weigel, Platteville, Wis.
  8. Isaac Folts, North Collins, N.Y.
  9. Kylie Konyn, Escondido, Calif.
  10. Calvin Bening, Arlington, Minn.
  11. Lila Sloan, Davis, Ill.
  12. Ashlee Garbers, La Crosse, Wis.
  13. Jared Abraham, Plymouth, Wis.
  14. Emma Dorshorst, Marshfield, Wis.
  15. Elizabeth Sutton, Sun City, Fla.

Senior (Ages 17-20):

  1. Joey Opsal, Blue Mounds, Wis.
  2. Zoe Ertel, Plymouth, Wis.
  3. Brandon Sugg, Wooster, Ohio
  4. Matt Lange, Utopia, Ontario, Canada
  5. Olivia Brandenburg, Fort Atkinson, Wis.
  6. Sarah Lehner, Delaware, Ohio
  7. Alissa Collins, Ilion, N.Y.
  8. Miranda Ewald, Wautoma, Wis.
  9. Mckenna Coffeen, De Pere, Wis.
  10. Cally Finley, Woodville, Ontario, Canada
  11. Taylor Vander Meulen, Brighton, Ontario, Canada
  12. Emily Mikel, Stafford, N.Y.
  13. Lisa Cramer, Uplengen, Germany
  14. Ashley Oberreich, Plymouth, Wis.
  15. Kendra Goplin, Osseo, Wis.

This year’s Expo Youth Showmanship Contest sponsors included: Andis Company, Compeer Financial, Double S Liquid Feed Serv., Inc., E-Zee Milking Equipment, LLC, Images Custom Embroidery, Masters Choice Hybrids, Mill-Wheel Farm, MVE Chart and 4dBarn.

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of more than 65,000 people, from nearly 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wis. for the 53rd annual event, October 1-5, 2019, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display. Visit or follow WDE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube for more information. 



Dairy Youth Show Off Skills During 2019 WDE Youth Showmanship Contest