Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016-2017 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 6 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Evans Cattle Company, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved across the state with over 440 youth participants showing 649 head of market animals and heifers. Banquet sponsorsState breed associations sponsoring belt buckle cases for the winners in each of the respective breeds: Buckeye Hereford Association, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association and Ohio Simmental Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the remaining breeds’ winners. BEST committeeThe OCA BEST program functions with the strong backing of the BEST Committee. Serving on the BEST Committee are, Chairman, Todd Pugh; Vice-Chairman, Mark Hara; Brandon Corry; Alice Frazier; Breanne Gabriel; Roger Hunker; Roy Norman; Sally Puzacke; Bob Siegel and Bill Tom, Ohio State Fair Beef Director. Additionally, the show representatives are Drew Baus, representing the AGR Holiday Classic and Chase Gostomsky representing the War at Warren County. During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2017-2018 season were announced. They are Kelsey Shope, Scioto County; Sarah Harner, Greene County and Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot County. Continuing for their second term is, Karigan Blue, Henry County and Haley Frazier, Jackson County. Youth scholarshipsBEST participants’ efforts in academics and extracurricular activities are also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program, awarding three $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship winners were Bricen Hess, Highland County; Lindsey Pugh; Stark County and Kelsey Shope, Scioto County. Novice scholarshipsNew BEST participants were eligible to apply for a Novice sponsorship prior to the start of the BEST show season. To be eligible, youth ages 8-21 had to qualify for the Novice division by being first or second year BEST program participants. Novice eligible participants submitted an essay that was reviewed by a panel of judges that ranked the scholarship applications. The selected participants received a scholarship worth $105 to cover the cost of their family’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association membership for $60 as well as one head BEST nomination fee valued at $45. Youth chosen were able to redeem their scholarship at the first BEST show they attended. The Novice scholarship program is sponsored by Weaver Leather Livestock and the recipients of the scholarship include: John Popick, Stark County; Taylor Barton, Clinton County; Brandon and Peyton Hogg, Knox County, Karly Goetz, Ottawa County; Kassandra Kirsch, Sandusky County; Evan Pope, Gallia County; Rebekah Pertuset, Scioto County; Barbi Boyd, Tuscarawas County; Sara Ice, Wayne County; Brandon Barr, Greene County; Kelsey Shope, Scioto County; Marshall and Mason Miller, Tuscarawas County; Brooklyn Neiheisel, Tuscarawas County; Austin Nicholl, Logan County; Grant Helsinger, Montgomery County; Raymond Beneker IV, Butler County; Jacob Weichart, Putnam County; Carly Fitz, Perry County; James Sander, Ottawa County; Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County; Dylan Mezie, Knox County; Jenna Bowman, Hancock County; Luke Kiefer, Butler County; Logan Schroeder, Defiance County; Lauren Schulte, Putnam County; Lilian Dennis, Fairfield County; Kayler Frey, Huron County; Aric Lust, Knox County; Collin Britton, Wood County; Dana Clinedinst, Morrow County; Gavin and Lauren Schlicter, Butler County. M.H. Eby trailer winnerParticipants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for the free use of an 8-foot by 26-foot Eby Trailer complete with BEST logo detailing for the 2017-2018 BEST season, donated by Eby Trailer. Participants were given an entry for every animal they showed at each show throughout the season equaling more than 4,500 entries. The lucky winner was Aubrey Csapo, Wayne County. Community service fundraising winnersBEST participants worked this season to raise money for two charities, Make-A-Wish® Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. This year, a total of $10,669 was raised by BEST participants for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In its five years of contribution, the BEST program has raised over $70,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Allison Herr, Fulton County received a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree with Weaver Leather Livestock for collecting the most pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Victoria Waits, Fayette County, received a $500 gift certificate to be used on show supplies with Weaver Leather Livestock for being the top fundraiser in the Make-A-Wish® project. Alexis Perry, Ottawa County, was also a top fundraiser and received a $500 gift certificate Gift certificate winnersTucker Shepard, Henry County, won the drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of his next show animal from an OCA member. Winning a Show Pass, valued at more than $850 was Abbey Kellish, Coshocton County. A gas card valued at $100 was won by Nathan Miller, Erie County. Novice grooming chute drawingNovice participant Zachary Retcher, Defiance County, won a new grooming chute in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Livestock. 15-show attendeesIt takes a lot of time and dedication for juniors and their parents to attend any of the BEST shows, but several individuals attended all 15 BEST shows across the state. Sixty-six BEST participants won a free single-show entry pass for the 2017-2018 season.Photography contestThis year’s photography contest had top-notch entries encompassing four divisions: BEST Shows and Activities, Landscapes, People and Around the Farm. Three winners were awarded in each age division and an Editor’s Choice and Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention were selected from all submissions. The winners were as follows:Beginner division1st Place Beginner — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.2nd Place Beginner — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.3rd Place Beginner — Emma Yochum, HighlandJunior Division1st Place Junior — Mason Love, Fairfield Co.2nd Place Junior — Mason Love, Fairfield Co.3rd Place Junior — Evan Pope, Gallia Co.Intermediate Division1st Place Intermediate — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.2nd Place Intermediate — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.3rd Place Intermediate — Amanda Annett, Knox Co.Senior Division1st Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.2nd Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.3rd Place Senior — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.Editor’s ChoiceEditor’s Choice — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention — Erin Pope, Gallia Co. Heifer and Market Animal ChampionsBreed Division ChampionsAngusChampion Angus Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton CountyReserve Champion Angus Heifer — Hadley LeVan, Champaign CountyThird Overall Chianina Heifer — Marcus VanVorhis, Wood CountyFourth Overall Chianina Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton CountyFifth Overall Chianina Heifer — Jacob LeBrun, Scioto County Champion Angus Steer — Carly Sanders, Highland CountyReserve Champion Angus Steer — Maggie Pollard, Defiance County ChianinaChampion Chianina Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyReserve Champion Chianina Heifer — Hailee Carter, Holmes County Champion Chianina Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford CountyReserve Champion Chianina Steer — Lance Brinksneader, Darke CountyThird Overall Chianina Steer — Quinton Waits, Fayette CountyFourth Overall Chianina Steer — Amelia Willis, Pike CountyFifth Overall Chianina Steer — Erin Pope, Gallia County HerefordChampion Hereford Heifer — Maddox Cupp, Fairfield CountyReserve Champion Hereford Heifer — Kady Davis, Carroll CountyThird Overall Hereford Heifer — Hudson Drake, Ross CountyFourth Overall Hereford Heifer — Kyle Piscione, Medina CountyFifth Overall Hereford Heifer — Morgan Gillespie, Butler CountyChampion Hereford Steer — Hayden Smith, Holmes CountyReserve Champion Hereford Steer — Rosa Bowen, Wood County Maine-AnjouChampion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Jake Hill, Warren CountyReserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble CountyChampion MaineTainer Heifer — Austin Garner, Butler CountyReserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer — Karlie Kennedy, Adams CountyThird Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Gage Farrar, Jackson CountyFourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Caylee Sager, Fulton CountyFifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Marcus VanVorhis, Wood CountyChampion Maine-Anjou Steer — Beau Johnson, Gallia CountyReserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer — Kassidy Thompson, Miami CountyThird Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Victoria Waits, Fayette CountyFourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Alexis Wilcox, Darke CountyFifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Hunter Smith, Wood County ShorthornChampion Shorthorn Heifer — Abigail Thornton, Fairfield CountyReserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin CountyThird Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Fulton Kennedy, Adams CountyFourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Emily Dahse, Gallia CountyFifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Brandon Barr, Greene CountyChampion Shorthorn Steer — Carter McCauley, Guernsey CountyReserve Champion Shorthorn Steer — Tanner Cordes, Montgomery CountyChampion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin CountyReserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Madison King, Logan CountyChampion ShorthornPlus Steer — Kinzee Shafer, Preble CountyReserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer — Sydney Sanders, Highland CountyThird Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Tyler Michael, Montgomery CountyFourth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Emily Paden, Guernsey CountyFifth Overall ShorthornPlus Steer — Emma Mathews, Clinton County SimmentalChampion Simmental Heifer — Allison Herr, Fulton CountyReserve Champion Simmental Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron CountyChampion % Simmental Heifer — Owen Fennig, Mercer CountyReserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer — Matthew Koverman, Scioto CountyThird Overall % Simmental Heifer — Dalton Kennedy, Adams CountyFourth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyFifth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Abbygail Pitstick, Madison CountyChampion Simmental Steer — Morgan Mazey, Wood CountyReserve Champion Simmental Steer — Madison Paden, Guernsey County AOBChampion High % AOB Heifer — Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot CountyReserve Champion High % AOB Heifer — Brandee Painter, Licking CountyChampion Low % AOB Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia CountyReserve Champion Low % AOB Heifer — Brooklynn Hamilton, Clinton CountyChampion AOB Steer — Danielle Whitted, Portage CountyReserve Champion AOB Steer – Chase Snyder, Stark County MiniatureChampion Miniature Heifer — Walker Wiley, Morrow CountyReserve Champion Miniature Heifer — JT Popick, Stark CountyChampion Miniature Steer — Luke Strow, Wood CountyReserve Champion Miniature Steer — Henry Strow, Wood County Market HeiferChampion Market Heifer — Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne CountyReserve Champion Market Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway CountyThird Overall Market Heifer — Wyatt Binckley, Licking CountyFourth Overall Market Heifer — Isaac Gehret, Darke CountyFifth Overall Market Heifer — Raymond Beneker, Butler County CrossbredChampion Crossbred Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland CountyReserve Champion Crossbred Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway CountyThird Overall Crossbred Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron County(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble County(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Adison Niese, Richland CountyFifth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Madison King, Logan CountyChampion Crossbred Steer — Alexandra Witt, Greene CountyReserve Champion Crossbred Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford CountyThird Overall Crossbred Steer — Carson Shafer, Preble CountyFourth Overall Crossbred Steer — Cambell Gostomsky, Darke CountyFifth Overall Crossbred Steer — Caleb Horn, Fairfield CountySixth Overall Crossbred Steer — Luke Brinksneader, Darke County(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Paige Pence, Clark County(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Jacob Levering, Morrow County(TIE) Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Kosta Xenikis, Madison CountyEighth Overall Crossbred Steer — Alli Pfister, Licking CountyNinth Overall Crossbred Steer — Drew Browning, Muskingum County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Jonna Goss, Hocking County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Cory Derr, Wyandot County(TIE) Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Lauren Schulte, Putnam CountyEleventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Brooke Egbert, Auglaize CountyTwelfth Overall Crossbred Steer — Noah Smith, Sandusky County(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Amelia Willis, Pike County(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Austin Sorgen, Van Wert CountyFourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Aubrey Csapo, Wayne County(TIE) Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Skylar Plank, Clark County(TIE) Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Brianna Ellish, Miami County BEST Novice ChampionsHeifersChampion Novice Heifer — Owen Fennig, Mercer County – % SimmentalReserve Champion Novice Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County — AngusThird Overall Novice Heifer — JT Popick, Stark County – MiniatureFourth Overall Novice Heifer — Caden McLaughlin, Monroe County – ShorthornPlusFifth Overall Novice Heifer — Caylee Sager, Fulton County – MaineTainerSixth Overall Novice Heifer — Tucker Shepard, Henry County – ChianinaSeventh Overall Novice Heifer — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County – AngusEighth Overall Novice Heifer — Lauren Schulte, Putnam County — Low % AOBNinth Overall Novice Heifer — Brandon Barr, Greene County – ShorthornTenth Overall Novice Heifer — Delaney Schneder, Clinton County — MaineTainer Market AnimalsChampion Novice Steer — Carter McCauley, Guernsey County – ShorthornReserve Champion Novice Steer — Hayden Smith, Holmes County – HerefordThird Overall Novice Steer — Lance Brinksneader, Darke County – ChianinaFourth Overall Novice Steer — Wyatt Binckley, Licking County — Market HeiferFifth Overall Novice Steer — Luke Strow, Wood County – MiniatureSixth Overall Novice Steer — Ross Michael, Montgomery County – HerefordSeventh Overall Novice Steer — Henry Strow, Wood County – MiniatureEighth Overall Novice Steer — Shayla Sancic, Stark County — HerefordNinth Overall Novice Steer — Taylor Stephen, Morrow County – SimmentalTenth Overall Novice Steer — Jacob Levering, Morrow County – Crossbred BEST Bred & Owned ChampionsHeifersChampion Bred & Owned Heifer — Nate Herr, Fulton County – ShorthornPlusReserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer— Fulton Kennedy, Adams County – ShorthornThird Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Alyson Simpson, Adams County – MaineTainerFourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia County – MaineTainerFifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer— Colleen Minges, Butler County — Angus SteersChampion Bred & Owned Steer — Beau Johnson, Gallia County — Maine-AnjouReserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer — Tyler Michael, Montgomery County – ShorthornPlusThird Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Kyle Piscione, Medina County – ShorthornPlusFourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Hunter Smith, Wood County — Maine-AnjouFifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Paige Gehret, Darke County — Maine-Anjou BEST Showmanship WinnersBeginner(TIE) Champion Beginner Showman — Emma Yochum, Highland County(TIE) Champion Beginner Showman — Carly Sanders, Highland County
(TIE) Reserve Beginner Showman — Lance Brinksneader, Darke County(TIE) Reserve Beginner Showman — Karlie Kennedy, Adams CountyThird Overall Beginner Showman — Hayden Smith, Holmes CountyFourth Overall Beginner Showman — Owen Fennig, Mercer CountyFifth Overall Beginner Showman — Blake Herdman, Highland CountySixth Overall Beginner Showman — Tait Dusseau, Ottawa CountySeventh Overall Beginner Showman — Wyatt Binckley, Licking CountyEighth Overall Beginner Showman — Caylee Sager, Fulton CountyNinth Overall Beginner Showman — Lauren Schulte, Putnam CountyTenth Overall Beginner Showman — Ellie Day, Athens County JuniorChampion Junior Showman — Hudson Drake, Ross CountyReserve Champion Junior Showman — Sydney Sanders, Highland CountyThird Overall Junior Showman — Beau Johnson, Gallia CountyFourth Overall Junior Showman — Allison Herr, Fulton CountyFifth Overall Junior Showman — Kosta Xenikis, Madison CountySixth Overall Junior Showman — Gavin Puckett, Highland CountySeventh Overall Junior Showman — Bailey Dusseau, Ottawa County(TIE) Eighth Overall Junior Showman — Paige Pence, Clark County(TIE) Eighth Overall Junior Showman — Luke Brinksneader, Darke CountyNinth Overall Junior Showman — Hunter Harris, Adams CountyTenth Overall Junior Showman — Hayden Belleville, Wood County NoviceChampion Novice Showman — Raymond Beneker, Butler CountyReserve Novice Showman — Delany Adams, Lorain CountyThird Overall Novice Showman — Jacob Wiechart, Putnam CountyFourth Overall Novice Showman — Luke Kiefer, Butler CountyFifth Overall Novice Showman — Skyler Ward, Preble CountySixth Overall Novice Showman — Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton CountySeventh Overall Novice Showman — Karly Goetz, Ottawa CountyEighth Overall Novice Showman — Shayla Sancic, Stark CountyNinth Overall Novice Showman — Delaney Schneder, Clinton CountyTenth Overall Novice Showman — Grant Helsinger, Montgomery County IntermediateChampion Intermediate Showman — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford CountyReserve Champion Intermediate Showman — Allison Davis, Carroll CountyThird Overall Intermediate Showman — Kyle Piscione, Medina CountyFourth Overall Intermediate Showman — Erin Pope, Gallia CountyFifth Overall Intermediate Showman — Dalton Kennedy, Adams CountySixth Overall Intermediate Showman — Fulton Kennedy, Adams CountySeventh Overall Intermediate Showman — Abigail Thornton, Fairfield CountyEighth Overall Intermediate Showman — Colleen Minges, Butler CountyNinth Overall Intermediate Showman — Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown CountyTenth Overall Intermediate Showman — Levi DeLong, Ross County SeniorChampion Senior Showman — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin CountyReserve Champion Senior Showman — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway CountyThird Overall Senior Showman — Haley Frazier, Jackson CountyFourth Overall Senior Showman — Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot CountyFifth Overall Senior Showman — Sarah Harner, Greene CountySixth Overall Senior Showman — Austin Garner, Butler CountySeventh Overall Senior Showman — Jordan Johnson, Gallia CountyEighth Overall Senior Showman — Morgan Mazey, Wood CountyNinth Overall Senior Showman — Madison King, Logan CountyTenth Overall Senior Showman — Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne County BEST is a youth program of the OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of shows. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placing at each show. The OCA BEST program promotes educating Ohio’s juniors about the beef industry’s issues and rewards the successful accomplishments and hard work of those junior beef producers.