Students and animals converge on fairplex for stock market show
Hundreds of students from across Uvalde County gathered to compete at the 83rd Annual Uvalde County Junior Breeding Show this weekend, but only the best of the best won blue ribbon.
The show kicked off Thursday with the judging of the top six categories, including poultry, breeding sheep, angora goats, commercial heifers, rabbits and meat goats.
Judging continued through Friday, with hogs, commercial heifers, farm projects, market lambs, steers and horses.
This year, 11 students submitted projects to the steer competition, compared to 12 in 2021.
Three students from the Grissom family home school competed this year, including third grade Callee Grissom, sixth grade Kylen Grissom and four-time junior champion Baylee Grissom.
Other competitors included two freshmen from Uvalde High School, Aviela Martinez and Trace Bowman; as well as two Knippa students, fourth-grader Aubrey Gomez and seventh-grader Jazzlean Gomez. Also, Dallas H. Hesse, a seventh-grade student from Grace Christian Academy, and Tucker Allen, an eighth-grade student from Brackettville.
The UCJLS ended yesterday with the Premium Auction, Buyers Dinner and Commercial Heifer Sale.
The results of Friday’s events will be published in an upcoming edition of Leader-News.
The grand champion broilers were presented by Uvalde High School Senior Colton Gaston. Uvalde Classical Academy sixth-grader Grant Williams won reserve champion honors. There were about 14 exhibitors at this year’s chicken show.
In the Angora goat category, third-year Knippa student Gage Gardner nearly swept the competition winning seven of eight division titles.
Gardner’s registered Class 5 yearling won Grand Champion honors, while her Class 4 kid received Reserve Grand Champion honors. Her registered Class 1 kid won the Division Champion title, while her registered Class 2 yearling male won the Reserve Division Champion title.
In other divisions, Gardner’s goats continued to earn honors, including Champion and Reserve honors for its purebred Angora goat kids, and Champion honors for its 3-kid Angora goat paddock from purebred.
The second year of Knippa Joel Lira’s Pen of 3 purebred Angora goats won Reserve Champion honors.
In the breeding sheep category, Knippa junior Kayleigh Griffin and her Class 2 heavyweight took home Grand Champion honors. Reserve Grand Champion honors went to Uvalde Classical Academy Junior Peyton Phillips for entering Heavyweight Class 2.
For Dorper, Uvalde High School junior Trevor Black’s ewe lambs won both the breed champion and the reserve breed champion.
For the Dorper ram lambs, Black also earned division champion honors with her entry, while Utopia eighth grader Hallie Moore’s entry won the reserve division title.
For fine wool sheep, breed champion honors went to Sabinal High School Junior Class 2 heavyweight Genesis Pilkington. Uvalde High School Junior Audrey Williams won Reserve Breed Champion with her Class 1 lightweight ewe lamb, while Division Champion honors went to Utopia Senior Colton Snow , for his ram lamb entry.
In the medium wool mutton lamb class, Uvalde Classic Academy ninth grader Carly Rae Colvin showed the division champion. In the Novice class, Uvalde Classical Academy fourth-year student Emry Ruth Hale’s entry won the Division Championship title, while Knippa’s third-year student Joaquin Bueno received the title of reserve division champion for his entry.
In the pen of 3 breeding sheep, Uvalde High School junior Trevor Black showed off the division champion, while Uvalde Classic Academy sixth-grade sheep Kylie Horton won the Reserve Division Championship title.
Blue Ribbon honors for a grand champion entry in the frying bunnies show went to third-grade Utopia student Marshall Long. Reserve Grand Champion honors went to Morales Junior High eighth-grader Abbie Lopez. This year, 20 students presented projects as part of the frying bunnies show.
For Pen of 3 Rabbits, Grand Champion honors went to Utopia seventh-grade student Alexis Long, while Reserve Grand Champion honors went to Flores Elementary sixth-grade student Kaycee Litterer.
There were 27 entries for this year’s Pen of 3 Bunny Contest.
In the doe-meat goat division, Brett Dreyer’s Class 1 Division 3, Uvalde Classical Academy seventh-grade student, took Grand Champion honors, and Ryanne Brewster, Knippa’s fifth-grade student, earned Reserve Grand Champion honors with her Division 1, Class 5 entry.
In Division 1, Class 1 entry by Knippa fifth-grade student Ryanne Brewster won the Reserve Grand Champion title, while Class 2 entry presented by seventh-grade student Joaquin Schlessiger from Morales Junior High, won the reserve division title.
In Division 2, seventh-year UCA student Brett Dryer’s Class 3 draft won Division Champion honors, while sister Morgan’s Class 1 entry received the Championship title. reserve division.
For Division 3, UHS ninth-grader Ava Schlessiger’s Class 1 entry was awarded the Reserve Division Championship.
In the Novice class, Division Champion honors went to Knippa’s third-year student Alexis Ramirez, and the Reserve Division Champion title was won by Sabinal’s third-year student Auria Nevarez.