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South Dakota: SDSU Jackrabbit Classic celebrates kids, cattle

Courtesy photo/AGRA Shorthorn-Plus heifer shown by Tyler Trihus placed third overall in the Block and Bridle Jackrabbit Classic, as well as Grand Champion Market Heifer and Grand Champion Market Animal in the AGR Steer and Heifer Show in Brookings, SD on Feb. 26-27, 2011.

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Despite the cold and wind, a record number of kids and cattle showed up to take part in the 2011 SDSU AGR Steer Show/Jackrabbit Classic, hosted by the AGR fraternity and SDSU’s Block and Bridle club. The event was held at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD on Feb. 26-27, 2011, in a show that is quickly become a premier event for youth showmen.

Saturday kicked off with the AGR steer and heifer show. Winning the champion market heifer was Tyler Trihus, who went on to win the Grand Champion Market Animal with a Shorthorn-Plus heifer. Kyle Spengler earned the Reserve Champion Market Animal title with his entry that won the Champion Crossbred Steer.

Judge Brigham Stewart congratulated the exhibitors on their cattle and said, “There is certainly high-quality cattle at this show today, and I really applaud the exhibitors for coming out and traveling through this weather that we’ve had.”



Stewart went on to place his top five market animals. Following Trihus and Spengler, Kailey Davis placed third, Jesse Hoblyn was fourth and Cassie Hoblyn earned the fifth spot, respectively.

In the AGR heifer show, Luke Elder was awarded the top spot with his crossbred heifer entry. Reserve Champion Heifer went to Cally Thomas with her Charolais entry. Third place overall was Seth Plendl’s Maine-Anjou heifer, followed by Brandon Hagie with a Shorthorn-Plus entry and Seth Plendl’s Chianina heifer placed fifth.



The next day, the Block and Bridle Jackrabbit Classic got underway, with John Jacobs serving as judge.

In the steer division, Kyle Spengler had the Grand Champion Steer with his crossbred entry. Taking the Reserve Champion Steer honors was Kailey Davis, also showing a crossbred steer. Tyler Trihus placed third with his market heifer, followed by Cassie Hoblyn with her Maine-Anjou steer, and in fifth place was Jesse Hoblyn’s Chianina steer.

Luke Elder’s crossbred heifer earned Grand Champion Female honors, followed by Eric Meyer’s MaineTainer heifer with reserve. Third place went to Seth Plendl, with his Maine-Anjou entry. Brandon Hagie took fourth place with a Shorthorn-Plus heifer, and Seth Plendl also took fifth place with his Chianina heifer.

“I had a hard time picking your top five because they all deserve to be in the ring,” said Jacobs. “It all comes down to your opinion. Each calf represents their breed well.”

Of the show, show-committee member Megan Buetel, agreed the attendance was great and the event went well. Buetel is a member of Block and Bridle and Sigma Alpha at SDSU. She is also involved with Collegiate 4-H and Little International. Buetel showed two Foundation Simmental heifers at the weekend show.

“I show cattle because it has become a strong passion of mine,” said Buetel. “I started showing calves at the Bottle Bucket calf show at our county fair when I was in second grade and it kind of took off from there. I have always been a big fan of showing heifers because they are a great way to bring new genetics and cows into the herd, whereas with steers they are terminal, and will get no future offspring out of them.”

Buetel comes from a diversified cattle operation outside of Spirit Lake, IA, and she served as one of the behind-the-scene coordinators for the event. That’s one of the unique aspects of this show in particular – it is completely organized and executed by college students, teaching them leadership skills and offering them the opportunity to network with beef sponsors and industry professionals.

“Because I was busy showing my heifers, I wasn’t able to do a lot of hands-on help during the show,” explained Buetel. “But, I tried to help the committee get ready for the event beforehand.”

The SDSU AGR Steer Show/Jackrabbit Classic is a sanctioned event with the South Dakota Jr. Point Show, a program that was organized to recognize youth who participate in showing beef animals throughout the state of South Dakota. Points are awarded to exhibitors, not each individual animal, based on placing in each breed class.

This event is growing in popularity and offers youth a chance to showcase their projects during the winter months.


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