News Release

Sunday, October 1, 2023

CONTACT: Lisa Behnke, Communications Manager,
                   Jenna Langrehr, Communications Specialist,
PHONE:      608-224-6455

Dairy Youth Show Off Skills at 2023 WDE Youth Showmanship Contest 

MADISON, WIS – World Dairy Expo® welcomed 345 competitors to the colored shavings for the Youth Showmanship Contest on Saturday, September 30, and youth from Wisconsin rose to the top in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions. Jennifer Charlton of Brantford, Ontario, Terri Packard of Boonsboro, Maryland and Mandy Brazil-Schmidt of Petaluma, California, served as the official judges of the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Division, respectively.

Winning the Junior Division out of 112 participants was Chesney Speich, Wisconsin. In addition to this honor, Speich received the W. Terry Howard First Place Award; a custom embroidered jacket courtesy of Images Custom Embroidery and clippers sponsored by Andis Company. Kennedy Zimmerman, Wisconsin, won the Intermediate Division and the Howard Voegeli First Place Award, a custom embroidered jacket presented by Images Custom Embroidery. Zimmerman also collected clippers from Andis Company, and there were 108 exhibitors in the Intermediate Division this year. In the Senior Division with 125 exhibitors, Wesley Winch, Wisconsin placed first and won the Keith King First Place Award, which was also a custom embroidered jacket from Images Custom Embroidery. Winch additionally received clippers from Andis Company.

All three of these winners also received the Annette Ostrom Showmanship First Place $1,500 Cash Award, presented by the Ostrom family. Those who place second in their division received the Annette Ostrom Showmanship Second Place $750 Cash Award, also presented by the Ostrom family. Double S Liquid Feed Services, Inc., the Michael Hellenbrand Memorial Fund, Inc., New Holland, Progressive Dairy Solutions, St. Jacobs ABC and Zoetis provided additional support for the Youth Showmanship Contest.

After placing first or second in their division, six youth competed for the Annette Ostrom Memorial Supreme Showman and Reserve Supreme Showman Awards. Wesley Winch, Wisconsin, and Kennedy Zimmerman, Wisconsin, won these respective awards, which were $3,500 and $1,500 cash awards each. In addition, Winch received a crystal trophy, all presented by the Ostrom family.

The top 15 winners of each division are as follows:

Junior (Ages 9-13):

  1. Chesney Speich, Wisconsin
  2. Royce Booth, Wisconsin
  3. Livia Sandelier, Wisconsin
  4. Benny Uhe, Wisconsin
  5. Justin Brandel, Wisconsin
  6. Kamryn Kasbergen, California
  7. Kendall Thomas, Ohio
  8. Grace Beckett, Ontario, Canada
  9. Jacob Schimek, Minnesota
  10. Ava Williams, Pennsylvania
  11. Blake Hill, New York
  12. Madison Harbaugh, Wisconsin
  13. Ivy Hebgen, Wisconsin
  14. Eli Arp, Ohio
  15. Kate Kasbergen, California


Intermediate (Ages 14-16):

  1. Kennedy Zimmerman, Wisconsin
  2. Logan Brass, Wisconsin
  3. Stella Schmocker, Wisconsin
  4. Alaina Dinderman, Illinois
  5. Lauryn Weisensel, Wisconsin
  6. Matthew Winch, Wisconsin
  7. Ava Hebgen, Wisconsin
  8. Kennedy Kimball, Maine
  9. Brittany Taylor, Wisconsin
  10. Cameron Ryan, Wisconsin
  11. Kiara Konyn, California
  12. Carter Major, Tennessee
  13. Ana Rauen, Iowa
  14. Noelle Vos, Wisconsin
  15. Tyler Leuch, Wisconsin


Senior (Ages 17-21):

  1. Wesley Winch, Wisconsin
  2. Savannah Crack, Quebec, Canada
  3. Kylie Konyn, Wisconsin
  4. Jon Chapman, California
  5. Tessa Schmocker, Wisconsin
  6. Kolton Crack, Quebec, Canada
  7. Emma Paulson, Wisconsin
  8. Sarah Hill, Vermont
  9. Elizabeth Schieferstine, New York
  10. Faith Lynn, Maryland
  11. Cooper Puterbough, Ontario, Canada
  12. Audrey Sidle, Ohio
  13. McKenna Niemeier, Wisconsin
  14. Lily Jenson, Wisconsin
  15. Courtney Orser, Ontario, Canada


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. The global dairy industry returns to Madison, Wis. for the 56th event, October 1-6, 2023, 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. Download the World Dairy Expo mobile event app, visit or follow WDE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Spotify, Instagram or YouTube for more information.