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Larry Tiedemann wins 2011 Legislative Showmanship Competition

For the third year, 4-H members teamed up with South Dakota legislators at the South Dakota State Fair to compete in a friendly cattle show – the Legislative Showmanship Competition. Twenty legislators were paired with 4-H youth to prepare for the event. Youth have the opportunity to coach the legislator, prepare the calf and showman for the contest and give a crash course on the beef industry in the state of South Dakota. The event comes together with a full showmanship competition, where the legislators strut their stuff with their animals in the show ring.

The contest is much more than a cattle show; it’s an opportunity for agriculture’s youth to educate the state’s influential leaders about the cattle business and issues that are important to them. It enables 4-Hers to demonstrate just how much time and commitment goes into their beef projects, both at the fair and at home. Additionally, it becomes quite the competition amongst the legislators, who show up to compete each year.

The event was judged by Dusty Anderson with First Dakota National Bank, and Peter Nielson with South Dakota 4-H. The pair selected Rep. Larry Tiedemann to win the event, who was coached by 4-H member Caroline Hansen. In reserve was Senator Shantel Krebs, coached by 4-H member Laura Alexander. Tiedemann received a gold belt buckle with his name engraved on it, presented by the 2010 champion, Rep. Charles Hoffman. The award was presented on the Grandstand stage before the evening’s performance by Ronnie Dunn. The winning youth partner will also receive a prize.



“I truly believe the state’s best products are our kids,” said Nielson. “4-H youth are proud to partner with the state’s legislators to show them just how hard they work on their projects throughout the year and at the South Dakota State Fair.”

Perhaps one of the most interesting stories from the event was the pairing of Lexi Opheim with Rep. Kristin Conzet. Although Conzet has been around horses and dogs, she had never even touched a calf before, and was a little green as she made her way around the show ring. However, with Opheim’s coaching, Conzet made it to the finals, one of only six legislators to do so.



“Kristin has never been around cattle before, so it was fun to watch her get comfortable with my calf, who she named, Q-tip,” said Opheim, a senior at Selby High School. “My Charolais steer is behaving really well for her, and I encouraged her to keep calm to help keep Q-tip calm, too. I showed her the basic tips on showing cattle and being around livestock. I showed her how to safely work with the animal and how to present the calf in the show ring. It was a lot of fun.”

One of the unique things about the event is that the 4-Hers learn a lot from being the teachers, as well.

“This program teaches us how to communicate effectively about the importance of beef and 4-H in our state,” Opheim said. “One of the most important things we can do is get involved in the legislative process, and we learn a lot about that, too, from this event. When you teach, you learn, too. It’s nice to interact with our state’s legislators.”

Opheim is a leader in her own right. She is involved in FCCLA, FFA, 4-H, Student Council, school yearbook, band, chorus, church youth group, volleyball, basketball and softball. She is a junior member within the Charolais and Limousin breeds, and she plans to attend South Dakota State University (SDSU) for nursing upon graduation.

The competition is a joint project between 4-H, FFA and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Sponsors of the event include: Sullivan’s Supply, First Dakota National Bank, SDSU and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA). A meal was provided by SDCA following the event.

For the third year, 4-H members teamed up with South Dakota legislators at the South Dakota State Fair to compete in a friendly cattle show – the Legislative Showmanship Competition. Twenty legislators were paired with 4-H youth to prepare for the event. Youth have the opportunity to coach the legislator, prepare the calf and showman for the contest and give a crash course on the beef industry in the state of South Dakota. The event comes together with a full showmanship competition, where the legislators strut their stuff with their animals in the show ring.

The contest is much more than a cattle show; it’s an opportunity for agriculture’s youth to educate the state’s influential leaders about the cattle business and issues that are important to them. It enables 4-Hers to demonstrate just how much time and commitment goes into their beef projects, both at the fair and at home. Additionally, it becomes quite the competition amongst the legislators, who show up to compete each year.

The event was judged by Dusty Anderson with First Dakota National Bank, and Peter Nielson with South Dakota 4-H. The pair selected Rep. Larry Tiedemann to win the event, who was coached by 4-H member Caroline Hansen. In reserve was Senator Shantel Krebs, coached by 4-H member Laura Alexander. Tiedemann received a gold belt buckle with his name engraved on it, presented by the 2010 champion, Rep. Charles Hoffman. The award was presented on the Grandstand stage before the evening’s performance by Ronnie Dunn. The winning youth partner will also receive a prize.

“I truly believe the state’s best products are our kids,” said Nielson. “4-H youth are proud to partner with the state’s legislators to show them just how hard they work on their projects throughout the year and at the South Dakota State Fair.”

Perhaps one of the most interesting stories from the event was the pairing of Lexi Opheim with Rep. Kristin Conzet. Although Conzet has been around horses and dogs, she had never even touched a calf before, and was a little green as she made her way around the show ring. However, with Opheim’s coaching, Conzet made it to the finals, one of only six legislators to do so.

“Kristin has never been around cattle before, so it was fun to watch her get comfortable with my calf, who she named, Q-tip,” said Opheim, a senior at Selby High School. “My Charolais steer is behaving really well for her, and I encouraged her to keep calm to help keep Q-tip calm, too. I showed her the basic tips on showing cattle and being around livestock. I showed her how to safely work with the animal and how to present the calf in the show ring. It was a lot of fun.”

One of the unique things about the event is that the 4-Hers learn a lot from being the teachers, as well.

“This program teaches us how to communicate effectively about the importance of beef and 4-H in our state,” Opheim said. “One of the most important things we can do is get involved in the legislative process, and we learn a lot about that, too, from this event. When you teach, you learn, too. It’s nice to interact with our state’s legislators.”

Opheim is a leader in her own right. She is involved in FCCLA, FFA, 4-H, Student Council, school yearbook, band, chorus, church youth group, volleyball, basketball and softball. She is a junior member within the Charolais and Limousin breeds, and she plans to attend South Dakota State University (SDSU) for nursing upon graduation.

The competition is a joint project between 4-H, FFA and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Sponsors of the event include: Sullivan’s Supply, First Dakota National Bank, SDSU and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA). A meal was provided by SDCA following the event.


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