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NBA Jr. Judging Contest winners announced

Sixty-seven contestants vied Jan. 22, for $2,300 in individual scholarships and team trophies at the National Bison Association's (NBA) Sixth Annual Junior Judging Contest. Taking top honors and a $1,000 scholarship with an overall score of 238, was Taylor Horton, Brighton, Colo. The top placing team, scoring a total of 685 points, was one of two entered from Weld Central FFA, Keenesburg, Colo., and included Quentin Quintana, Austin Massey, Jess Nighswonger and Bailey Lonnberg. The team is coached by Weld Central FFA Advisor Willard Kendall.

Massey, Ft. Lupton, Colo., was second place individual with a total of 233 points. He receives an $800 scholarship. Quintana, Keenesburg, Colo., placed third with 229 points and was awarded a $300 scholarship.

Also coached by Kendall was the second place team from Weld Central FFA. Scoring a total of 680.5 points, the second-place team included Horton, Shelby Massey, Ft. Lupton, Colo., Alondra Meixueiro, Hudson, Colo., and Tessa Kanzler, Roggen, Colo.

The third-place team, scoring a total of 680 points, was from Brush FFA. Team members were Charlene Dory, Bush, Colo., Sage James, Brush, Colo., Sadee Davis, Brush, Colo., and Emily Dahle, Snyder, Colo. The third place team was coached by Brush FFA Advisor KayDe Naylon.

The contest was held at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), Denver, Colo., in conjunction with the NBA's 2014 Gold Trophy Show & Sale. Contestants judged four classes: yearling heifers, heifer calves, two-year-old bred heifers and bull calves, and gave reasons on the two-year-old bred heifer class. Each animal class and the reasons class had a total possible point value of 50, making 250 total points a perfect score.

"The judging ability and quality of reasons continues to develop as this national contest grows," said Dave Carter, NBA executive director. "The growing interest also is a reflection of the increased attention by producers, especially young producers, in raising bison as a career."

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The NBA's Junior Judging program is based on criteria used in 4-H and FFA livestock judging contests. The bison judging program was started by NBA member and Stratford, Okla., veterinarian Dr. Gerald Parsons. He is the administrator of the NBA's National Jr. Judging Contest.

"The level of interest and the quality of junior judges in this contest bodes well for the continued growth of the U.S. bison industry," Parsons said. "We are glad to see young people interested in this business and learning about bison."

The NBA offers a junior membership, which provides young people 21 and younger with the same benefits as its producer members but for a discounted rate of $50 annually. F

–National Bison Association