Oct. 8 2016 02:00 PM

393 contestants compete in World Dairy Expo’s showmanship contest.

Senior Showmanship

Youth exhibitors had to outshow, outlead and outlast their competitors until 11:15 p.m., when the last showmanship final was complete on Thursday evening. Three rings filled the Coliseum floor with junior, intermediate, and senior exhibitors. All totaled, 393 youth participated in this international event.

Junior Placings:

The Junior division winner, receiving the W. Terry Howard award, was Natalie Roe from Monticello, Wis. The youngest class, ages 9 to 12 years old, was judged by Dr. Lucy Middleton from England.

1. Natalie Roe, Monticello, Wis.

2. Jacob Harbaugh, Marion, Wis.

3. Kolton Crack, Richmond, Qué

4. Haley Ronnebaum, Earlville, Iowa

5. Delana Erbsen, Lanark, Ill.

6. Xavier Labba, St-Lambert-De-Lauzon, Qué

7. Wyatt Zehr, Graymont, Ill.

8. Colton Hartman, St. Thomas, Pa.

9. Aaliyah Borchert, Auburndale, Wis.

10. Amelia Stone, New Palestine, Ind.

Intermediate Placings:

Savannah Crack, from Richmond, Québec, received the Intermediate division title, taking home the Howard Voegeli award. Participants are ages 13 to 16. Stephanie Warner of Hastings, Ontario, Canada, placed the intermediate youth.

1. Savannah Crack, Richmond, Qué

2. Cally Finley, Woodinville, Ont.

3. Taylor Vander Meulen, Brighton, Ont.

4. Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wis.

5. Hanna Dellaire, Rockwood, Ont.

6. Maude Labbe, St-Lambert-De-Lauzon, Que

7. Kurtis Frischknecht, Teeswater, Ont.

8. Mason Mazzaro, Williamsfield, Ohio

9. Ashley Smith, Hickson, Ont.

10. Deanna Gould, North Brookfield, Mass.

Senior Placings:

The Keith King award, presented to the winning senior showman, went to Lars Zeldenrijk, Mount Elgin, Ontario, Canada. Jerome Meyer of Wisconsin placed the seniors, ages 17 to 20 years.

1. Lars Zeldenrijk, Mount Elgin, Ont.

2. Megan Rauen, Farley, Iowa

3. Karlee Ketelboeter, Dane, Wis.

4. Katelyn Neff, Cochranton, Pa.

5. Josh Karn, Woodstock, Ont.

6. Olivia Brandenburg, Fort Atkinson, Wis.

7. Laura Deklein, Mossley, Ont.

8. Regina Pozzi, Petaluma, Calif.

9. Rieke Eggers, Papendorf, Germany

10. Paul Grulke, Mayville, Wis.

Many exhibit their own project animals, but it is not a requirement. Some contact exhibitors ahead of time to be able to borrow an animal that is being exhibited at Expo. This allows youth from far away to still be involved in World Dairy Expo’s youth activities without owning an animal being exhibited.

Top 10 Senior Showmanship Winners


Patti Hurtgen


The author is the online media manager and is responsible for the website, webinars and social media. A graduate of Modesto Junior College and Fresno State, she was raised on a California dairy and frequently blogs on youth programs and consumer issues.