4-H Youth “Show Off” in Master Showmanship Competition
Provided by OSU Extension, Lincoln County
After two days of competition within their respective project areas, nine 4-H youth came together on Sunday afternoon at the Lincoln County Fair to see who would be awarded the coveted title of Large and Small Animal Master Showman. Each youth had already won top honors in their respective animal categories, having demonstrated their knowledge and ability to show their own animal.
In the Master Showmanship ring – informally known as the Round Robin event – youth are challenged to learn about other project areas and stretch their skills perhaps beyond their comfort zone. The competitors first show their own animal and then must show each new animal and answer questions about those animals.
Brooke Thomas, a member of the Diamonds in the Rough 4-H Horse Club, faced stiff competition in the Large Animal Master Showmanship event coming in just ahead of the four other competitors. In the ring, each youth showed their own animal and then had to show and answer questions about the other animals. The other competitors included Shantelle Brown (meat goat), Kaitlin Crouch (sheep), Jostan Brown (dairy goat) and Tayleana Borton (beef).
The Small Animal Master Showmanship competition included Janie Kiyokawa (dog), Hope Erickson (rabbit), Robert Bohannon (cavy) and Nicholas Spangler (pocket pets/fish). The competition was equally challenging in this event, with all youth demonstrating proficiency in their own project areas and the ability to learn quickly about other animals and their handling. In the end, Hope Erickson of the Coastal Critters 4-H Club edged out the others to earn the high honor of Small Animal Master Showman.
Both Thomas and Erickson had already earned numerous awards during the fair, including Thomas’s Grand Champion Showman in the horse arena. She had earned blue ribbons in Trail Horse and Senior Performance Showmanship, garnering a High Point ribbon in the latter. Erickson, in addition to numerous high awards in the Static Exhibit hall, had earned Grand Champion in Cavy and Rabbit categories.