Smith County 4-H was proud to be represented by four outstanding exhibitors at the Regional and State Beef Expo, which took place in Lebanon on July 1-3. 10th grader Abby Malone, 8th grader Erin Hensley, 4th grader Kara Brooks, and 4th grader Millie Stinnett showed in their breed classes, competed in showmanship, and completed skillathon.
Showmanship classes are judged on the exhibitor’s ability to control and present their animal to the show off its best characteristics, while skillathon tests exhibitors’ overall knowledge of beef cattle including breeds, diseases, nutrition, and more. At both the Central Region Show and State Beef Expo, Kara and Millie earned Top Ten honors in skillathon. Millie also placed 6th in showmanship in the Explorer Division at the State Expo. Kara placed 4th in the Explorer Division showmanship and was awarded Reserve Champion in the Percentage Simmental/Sim-Angus breed. Kara rounded out the show as the 3rd place Premier Exhibitor in the Explorer Division, which is based on how the 4-H’er placed in the showmanship class, how their heifer placed in class, and on the 4-H’ers’ skillathon score.
All of these outstanding young ladies made Smith County proud as they showed off the hard work they have put into their livestock animals over the past year. Their determination and dedication is sure to take them far, and we look forward to seeing where their show career goes next!
For more information about showing livestock or any of our 4-H activities, please call 615-735-2900.