Mark Hoogendoorn named National Champion sheep shearer at 2012 Black Hills Stock Show
RAPID CITY – The Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) National Sheep Shearing contest concluded Jan. 29 with a new national champion. Mark Hoogendoorn of Lester, IA, was crowned champion after besting a field of 18 professionals in Rapid City.
Alex Moser, also of Lester, was runner-up and Darren Kennedy of Kaycee, WY, finished third while Hillary Gditzen of Minot, ND finished fourth. Hoogendoorn is now qualified to compete in the World Sheep Shearing Championships in 2014.
Clint Hahn of Alzada, MT, won the Intermediate class. Lynette Frick of Bakersfield, CA, was runner-up with Kyle Hoogendoorn of Lester, IA, placing third.
In the Learner class, Levi McTaggart of Spearfish, SD, won the title while Jimmy Nickel of Mandan, ND, finished second. Beau Collins of Harlowtown, MT, and Logan Crisp of Sturgis, SD, rounded out the class.
According to event officials, the event drew a tremendous crowd.
“Our spectators filled the bleachers all day long,” said Leann Brimmer, show secretary. “We started with a demonstration and prelims today at 10 a.m. and the finals concluded a little after 5 p.m. with filled bleachers,” she said.
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center officials confirmed that the crowds were some of the biggest they had seen for the show’s first weekend.
Announcer Curt Olson added an educational component to the show and had some hands-on opportunities for spectators to turn a hand-cranked clipper.
“Anything we can do to add education and understanding of the wool and sheep industry is good for the show,” he said.
For more information, go to http://www.blackhillsstockshow.com.