By Jake Grossnicklaus
Chickasha FFA Reporter 11-12
Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) is the world’s largest junior livestock show, every exhibitors look forward to the “granddaddy show of them all”. Usually held over spring break exhibitors were shocked this year to find out that it would be held the week before spring break, which would allow exhibitors to have a week off to enjoy a little time before getting ready for fall exhibits. Chickasha ends the 2011-12 show seasons on a positive note this year.
Cattle exhibitors began the weekend off with heifers showing first. Ella Chaffin was the first in the ring with her Herford heifer that placed fourth in a very competitive class; Jake Grossnicklaus was placed seventh in his class of Hereford. Grossnicklaus was next in the ring with his Simmental Percentage which placed first in a strong class of nine. Red Angus was next in line for Chickasha, John Nelson had a first and second place in his classes and to finish the day off Nelson was named Reserve Breed Champion. Nelson also placed a respectful seventh in State Intermediate Showmanship. Hannah Nelson started Chickasha off Sunday with her Angus finishing a third in her class in a very competitive breed. Callie Prochaska showed her Shorthorn Plus heifer for the last time was fifth in her class. Blayne Bordwine finished the heifer show for Chickasha with seventh place in the Commercial Breed. The Nelsons and Grossnicklaus also represented Chickasha FFA in the OYE Legislative Show. Hannah was paired with Rep. Osborn, John was paired with Rep. Wright and Jake was paired with Sen. Justice. The legislative show is designed to teach Oklahoma legislators about agriculture and about the exhibitors SAE projects, later a showmanship contest among the legislators which exhibitors assist the legislators during the competition Sen. Justice was named Reserve Showman in the Beef Showmanship.
Next to show were lambs where Hannah Nelson placed seventh with her Hampshire. Also competing with their lambs were John Nelson and Sierria Lowery.
The last weekend was a busy one for Chickasha with the swine exhibitors and steer exhibitors both competing on Saturday and Sunday. Chickasha had only two steer exhibitors Madison Arthur placed seventh in a strong class of Crossbreed steers, while Callie Prochaska placed fifth respectively in her class of Crossbreed steer. Senior swine exhibitor Kelsi Tuthill made it to the “big ring” with her Chester barrow placing tenth, also making to the big ring was Bailey Bryan placing 10th with her York barrow. Chickasha was well represented with swine exhibitors seniors Sydney McNabb, Samantha Miller, and Hannah Bingham competed in their last OYE, also competing was Samuel Richardson, Jonathan Allen, Taylor Parham, Min Cho, Tyler Lister, Sam Allen, Lonnie Hillbolt, Jordan Dunn, Kiara Deal, Katie Sue Scifres, Courtney Green, Greg Parham, and Melanie Morris.
With the 2011-12 show season ending, we would like to thank Chickasha School administration, Mr. Clark and Mr. McPherson, the local merchants, and our parents for their support. We look forward to the 2012-13 show season hope to see you there.