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Youth exhibitors see tough competition at Cheyenne Livestock Expo 

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Youth livestock exhibitors proved tough competition in the show ring at the Cheyenne Livestock Expo, held Dec. 13-26 at the Archer Event Center in Cheyenne. 

Over the course of the 13-day event, various livestock judges sorted through classes of top-notch cattle, hogs, lambs and goats, crowning the top five in every class. 

Cattle show results

On Nov. 14, the Junior Breeding Heifer Show kicked off the two-week expo, with Livestock Judges Taylor Graham and Miles Shout, both of Oklahoma, sorting the classes. 

Dunk FTS Franny 227K, a Maintainer heifer exhibited by Tyson Fox, was crowned supreme champion, and J6 Caitlyn 685, a Lim-Flex heifer exhibited by Ben Spencer, was the reserve champion. 

Also on the leaderboard were Brenna Benes’ Percentage Simmental heifer ACMD Neytiri 212K in third place, Avery Kimble’s Angus heifer Lazy JB Miss Whitty 2606 in fourth place and Hannah Fox’s Maine-Angus heifer MINN Katie 206K in fifth place. 

Fox took home another grand champion prize in the Open Breeding Heifer Show with Dunk FTS Franny 227K, followed by ACDM Neytiri 212K in second place, Lazy JB Miss Whitty 2606 in third place, J6 Caitlyn 685K in fourth place and NRJC Shameless 36L, a Main-Anjou heifer exhibited by Gateway Genetics, in fifth place.

On Nov. 15, Judges Brent Murphy of Missouri and Dan Fawcett of South Dakota sorted classes of bulls.

In the Open Bull Show, the Angus division winner, Stellpflug Highway 2016, exhibited by Lazy JB Angus, was crowned supreme champion, and Beshka Morelli’s American Highland bull, Howling Springs Barron the Bull, was the reserve champion. 

Finishing in third was Andrew Odden’s Charolais bull OCR Donnie K119 TW. In the fourth-place position was Chesney Doubet’s horned Hereford CCD Kingsman 3K ET, and rounding out the top five was McConnel Hogan’s Simmental bull M/H Codenine 23L. 

Odden also topped the leaderboard during the Pen Show, taking home champion honors with a pen of Charolais bulls. Lazy JB Angus exhibited the Reserve Champion Pen and Ben Spencer had the Third Overall Pen with his Red Angus bulls. 

On Nov. 18, Miles Toenyes of Illinois named the top five prospect breeding heifers, starting with Jody Mead, who exhibited the Supreme Champion Prospect Breeding Heifer and Adam Alfs, who exhibited the Reserve Champion Prospect Breeding Heifer. 

The two leaders were followed by Ryan Carlson in third place, Jake King in fourth place and Riley Witt in fifth place. 

Jenna Craft judged a lineup of prospect calves the next day, crowning King as grand champion and Cash Pratt as reserve champion. In third place was Colton Kroeker, followed by Pratt in fourth and Dylan Stone in fifth.

The Market Steer Show also took place on Nov. 18 and was judged by Toenyes.

Vienna Sells topped the leaderboard, exhibiting the Grand Champion Market Steer, and Violet McQuate exhibited the Reserve Champion Market Steer. 

Pratt stood on the podium again, receiving honors for exhibiting the third-place steer, King had the fourth-place steer and Megan Harris ended the day in the fifth-place position. 

Additionally, Raelyn Northington exhibited the Grand Champion Market Heifer and Knox Sells exhibited the Reserve Champion Market Heifer. 

Rounding out the cattle show was the Catch-A-Calf Contest, won by Garrett Scholz, followed by Madison Engel.

Lamb show results

Small livestock shows took place at the end of the week, starting with the Breeding Ewe Show on Nov. 25. 

Livestock Judge Kylar Lee of Oklahoma gave Landrie Sutton the “grand champion slap.” Sutton was followed by Tyson Miller in the reserve champion slot, Eidos Klein in third, Cale Deseive in fourth and Trent Mauck in fifth. 

The Market Lamb Show, judged by Chase McPhaul of Texas, was held the following day. 

Cade Simpson made an impressive showing, taking home both champion and reserve champion honors, as well as exhibiting the fourth-place lamb. 

Jericho Pino made the podium, exhibiting the third-place lamb and Tayah Winden rounded out the top five.

Goat show results 

The Breeding Doe Show also took place on Nov. 25 and was judged by McPhaul.

A doe exhibited by Echo Bartels was crowned Champion Breeding Doe, and Cayson Brathland exhibited the Reserve Champion Breeding Doe. 

Alaina Barger was next in the lineup with the third-place doe, Paislee Mette exhibited the fourth-place doe and Bryleigh Isabelle exhibited the fifth-place doe. 

In the Market Goat Show, Lee led the class with a goat exhibited by Dylan Stone and Bartel was reserve. Jana Stearns finished the day in third place, followed by Brathland in fourth and Derek Van Asselt in fifth. 

Hog show results 

The expo wrapped up with the Market and Breeding Hog Show on Nov. 26, and Judge Kelton Mason of Texas sorted through a lineup of tough classes. 

Cambryn Gratz took home honors for exhibiting the Grand Champion Market Hog, and Ridge Kayer was crowned reserve champion. 

Dawson Dever was next in the lineup, finishing the day in third place, followed by Rylee McDaniel with a fourth-place finish and Landen Charles with a fifth-place finish. 

Charles also topped the podium with the Champion Breeding Gilt and Brathland made the leaderboard yet again with the Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt. Luke Charles followed with a third-place finish, Kirbee Mulder finished in fourth and Hannah Seger rounded out the class in the fifth-place position. 

Hannah Bugas is the managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to

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