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2012 Cowboy Youth Classic June 22-23 in Laramie

Beef, goat, hog and lamb fitting and showing clinics begin the Cowboy Youth Classic in Laramie, WY, Friday and Saturday, June 22-23.

The annual show/clinic is at the University of Wyoming’s Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena approximately three miles west of Laramie on Hwy. 230.

Current 4-H and FFA members can partake.

“Youth who participate enhance their fitting and showing skills by doing hands-on workshops that better prepare them to compete at shows later on this summer,” said Lance Miller, UW Livestock Judging Team coach and who directs the classic. “Participants will get immediate feedback on their fitting and showing techniques. They can then make improvements to better prepare them for other shows. It’s nice to see participants who attend our Cowboy Youth Classic at their county fairs later in the summer, or as repeat attendees of the classic, and witness their improvement.”

Started in 1997 by the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the event expanded to include market lambs and hogs in 2003, and market goats were added in 2009.

The event draws about 60 to 80 youth. Contestants are required to attend their choice of mandatory showmanship workshops Friday. A QuizBowl is at 7 p.m.

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New this year, Stock Show University is serving as the mandatory workshop provider for beef exhibitors.

“We hope these workshops add to the participants’ knowledge and understanding about their projects and the associated areas in animal agriculture they are a part of,” said Miller.

Livestock shows start 9 a.m. Saturday. They are, in order: market goat, market lamb, market swine and beef.

Preregistration is required by June 11. An online form and a mail-in form are available at http://www.uwyo.edu/Anisci, clicking the “Hosted Events” link, then “Cowboy Youth Classic.” For more information, contact Miller at 307-766-2159 or via email at lrmiller@uwyo.edu.

– University of Wyoming Extension