World Dairy Expo announces the addition of Fitting & Showmanship Achievement Awards and an Overall Fitter Award to its 2019 youth contests. These new awards will be presented during the WDE Youth Showmanship Contest on Thursday, October 3 in the Coliseum and the Youth Fitting Contest on Sunday, September 29 in the Sale Pavilion, respectively.
To be recognized with a Fitting & Showmanship Achievement Award, youth competitors must be one of the top five finishers in their respective Youth Fitting Contest division and place in the top 15 of their age division in the Youth Showmanship Contest. Meanwhile, the Overall Fitter Award pits the winners of each division against each other to determine the best youth dairy cattle fitter of the contest.
“We are excited to recognize youth participants on a global scale who have dedicated numerous hours to refining their fitting and showmanship skills. It is our hope that the new Fitting & Showmanship Achievement Awards will encourage youth to become well-rounded exhibitors while also increasing participation in both youth contests.” explained Cassi Miller, WDE International/Youth Programs Specialist.
Open to any young dairy enthusiast, ages 13-21 and 9-21, respectively, Expo Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contest participants are not required to exhibit in one of the WDE breed shows to qualify. However, to be eligible, contestants must use an animal that will be shown or sold at Expo in 2019. Complete contest details and registration forms are available in the Expo Premium Book or on the WDE website.
Judging the 2019 WDE Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contests are:
• Youth Fitting Contest
Adam Hunt, Genetic Consultant with Select Sires Genervations, Ecginburg, Ontario, Canada
• Youth Showmanship Contest
Junior Division: Nate Oleniacz, Dairy Focused Consultant at Cargill Animal Nutrition, New Oxford, Pa.
Intermediate Division: Brian Coyne, Business Analyst, Select Sires, Inc., Hilliard, Ohio
Senior Division: Daniel Bauer, URUS, Product Development Analyst, Lake Mills, Wis.
Dairy judges from around the globe are also invited to participate in the second annual Showmanship Judges Clinic on Monday, September 30 in the Coliseum. The clinic will begin at 2 p.m. with introductory showmanship guidelines. At 2:30 p.m., it will progress to an advanced session which will include examples of how to efficiently work a showmanship class, terminology and mock classes to place. To participate in this free clinic, individuals are required to register on the WDE website.