South Dakota 4-H Teams Receive Honors during Western National 4-H Roundup
4-H youth from across South Dakota received high honors while competing in a variety of contests held at the Western National 4-H Roundup during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, in January.
The Western National 4-H Roundup is one of the nation’s most challenging competitions for youth, attracting top young people from throughout the United States each year. A highly competitive event for young people ages 14-18, the contest provides participants with an opportunity to develop skills in evaluation, decision-making, communication, self-discipline and responsibility.
The South Dakota 4-H Hippology Team, coached by Jodi Sleep and Laurie Ward, were crowned national champions in the Western National 4-H Roundup Hippology Contest.
The team was comprised of Samantha and Sydney Sleep, daughters of Jeff and Jodi Sleep of Spearfish, SD. Fehrin Ward, daughter of Vern and Laurie Ward of Belle Fourche, SD. Stephanie Johnson, daughter of Linda Johnson and Johnny Johnson of Belle Fourche, SD.
The team won the South Dakota state 4-H competition, July 2011 in Huron to qualify them for the national contest.
Three of the team’s four members received top-five overall individual placings, with Fehrin Ward in second place, Samantha Sleep in fourth place, and Stephanie Johnson in fifth place.
The South Dakota team also won champion or reserve champion awards in each of the phases.
They took champion honors in the team problems phase. In the stations phase, the team took first place with Samantha Sleep placing first, Johnson placing third, and Ward placing fourth. In the Examination Phase, South Dakota won Reserve Champion with Samantha Sleep placing fourth, Ward placing fifth, and Johnson placing ninth. The team also took Reserve Champion Honors in the Judging Phase with Ward placing second.
The South Dakota 4-H Hippology Team was sponsored by the Livestock Industry Trust Fund.
Consumer Decision Making Team:
Based on their performance during the South Dakota family and consumer science judging contest at the South Dakota State Fair this summer, four youth were selected to compete on the state’s “all-star” team.
The team included; Michael Sperry from Brown County, SD; Erin Mairose from Brule County, SD; Kayla Perrion from Edmunds County, SD; and Nicole Hamilton from Spink County, SD.
Overall, the team received fourth place in group think, fifth in oral reasons, third in placings and. They competed against eight other teams from across the nation. Erin Mairose competed in the fashion revue competition and placed third overall.
The team was coached by Jessica Eikmeier, Community Development Field Specialist for the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The National Consumer Decision Making Contest is part of the FCS Bowl at the Western National Roundup and is the only national platform that such an event takes place
Horse Demonstration Contest:
Joellen Gonsoir placed second at the Western National 4-H Roundup Horse Demonstration Contest.
Joellen is the daughter of Tim and Kristen Gonsoir of Groton, SD.
Her demonstration was titled “It’s Reining.” She earned the right to represent South Dakota at this national contest as the winner at the South Dakota 4-H Horse Show held in July 2011.
Horse Judging Team:
South Dakota 4-H Horse Judging team was coached by Bruce and Stacey Bebo. They placed fifth overall in the Western National 4-H Roundup Horse Judging.
The South Dakota 4-H Horse Judging Team includes Cooper Bebo, son of Bruce and Stacey Bebo; Caitlin Ketteler, daughter of Murray and Nancy Ketteler of Blunt, SD; Sheila Price, daughter of Doug and Beth Price of Redfield, SD; Bailey Ringgenberg, daughter of Michael and Molly Ringgenberg of Columbia, SD.
These youth earned the right to represent South Dakota at this national contest as they were the top four individuals at the South Dakota State 4-H Horse judging contest held in July 2011.
The team took fifth place among 15 teams and 56 individuals. The team placed first in placings, fifth in total halter, sixth in total performance, seventh in halter reasons and tenth in oral reasons.
Individually Bebo placed first in total placings, ninth in total performance and eleventh overall; Ringgenberg placed seventh in total placings, fifth in total halter, and thirteenth overall; Ketteler was seventh in halter placings; and Sheila Price was thirteenth in Total Placings.
Livestock Judging Team:
The South Dakota 4-H Livestock Judging Team, coached by South Dakota State University Extension 4-H livestock show management coordinator, Rod Geppert. They placed eighth overall in the Western National 4-H Roundup Livestock judging contest.
The South Dakota 4-H Livestock judging team includes Daniel Bogue, son of Mark and Lisa Bogue of Beresford, SD; Riley Buck, son of Bret and MarJoan Buck of Vienna, SD; Tate Glaus, son of Jim and Sholi Glaus of Chamberlain, SD; and Megan Wettlaufer, daughter of Tom and Deb Wettlaufer of Winfred, SD.
These youth earned the right to represent South Dakota at this national contest as they were the top four individuals at the South Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held back in July 2011.
The team took eighth place among 23 teams and nearly 100 individuals. The team placed sixth in beef judging, sixth in sheep judging, and eighth in oral reasons. Individually Glaus was the fourteenth overall high individual; fourth in total sheep; third in total placings; twelfth in sheep reasons; Bogue was the twenty-second overall high individual; twelfth in total beef; sixteenth in total placings; and Buck placed ninth in beef reasons.
The South Dakota 4-H National Western Roundup team were all sponsored by the Livestock Industry Trust Fund.
– South Dakota State University Extension