Kyle Barton, 14, of Ancramdal, N.Y., topped 166 intermediate showmen at the 15th Youth Showmanship Contest at the 2012 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.
A record 439 juniors vied for top showman honors in this year's show, for youth ages eight to 21.
Intermediate division showmen first competed in eleven heats, then a semifinal round and the final class. The top ten were chosen and others received honorable mentions. All participants received a coupon for a free milkshake, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association.
"Stay relaxed and keep your eye on the judge," advised Barton. He is the son of Mike and Donna Barton.
Robbie Shaw of Fairplay, Md., evaluated the intermediate division of the popular showmanship contest. Remaining winners in the intermediate division were:
2nd Jacob Kline, 14, Myerstown, Lebanon Co.
3rd Daniel Kitchen, 14, Danville, Montour Co.
4th Kayla Umbel, 13, Emmitsburg, Md.
5th Hannah Rhoades, 15, Greenville, Ohio
6th Maddy Manges, 13, Fairhope, Somerset Co.
7th Lane Kummer, 12, Evans City, Butler Co.
8th Kayla Windecker, 15, Frankfort, N.Y.
9th Lexi Winkler, 14, Woodbine, Md.
10th Kelsey Heiney, 13, Strasburg, Lancaster Co.
Barton received a savings bond, embroidered chair and medal. Other top 10 finalists received a blanket and cash prize.
Kaila Stoltzfus, 13, of East Earl, Lancaster Co., highest placing Guernsey showman, received a savings bond, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Junior Guernsey Association. Winkler, first place Ayrshire showman, received a show halter, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Ayrshire Breeder's Association. Barton was top Brown Swiss showman and Kline was top Jersey showman.
The 49th All-American Dairy Show, the world's largest dairy show, runs Sept. 15-20 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. This year's show features 23 shows in six days, the nation's only all-dairy antiques show, more than 2,400 animals and nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 21 states. For more information, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us or call 717-787-2905.