County livestock judging team off to great start

Members of the Rio Blanco Livestock Judging team show off some of the awards they have won in the past month from their competitions. In the back row, from left, are: Justin Mosher and Ty Dunham; middle row, from left: Samantha Lapp, Marryn Shults, Jilly Baumgartner, Macy Collins and Madi Shults; front row: Hayden Shults.
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Members of the Rio Blanco Livestock Judging team show off some of the awards they have won in the past month from their competitions. In the back row, from left, are: Justin Mosher and Ty Dunham; middle row, from left: Samantha Lapp, Marryn Shults, Jilly Baumgartner, Macy Collins and Madi Shults; front row: Hayden Shults.
Members of the Rio Blanco Livestock Judging team show off some of the awards they have won in the past month from their competitions. In the back row, from left, are: Justin Mosher and Ty Dunham; middle row, from left: Samantha Lapp, Marryn Shults, Jilly Baumgartner, Macy Collins and Madi Shults; front row: Hayden Shults.
RBC I Rio Blanco livestock judging teams have traveled to two contests so far this year. They are off to a great start.
On March 14, 10 junior members, making up three teams, competed in Cortez at the Four Corners Ag Expo.
Team 1, made up of Macy Collins, Samantha Lapp and Kenzie Turner, placed first in the sheep, hog, cattle, placings, reasons and overall divisions. Team 2, made up of Kacie Lapp, Cole Rogers and Marryn Shults, placed third in sheep, fourth in beef, fourth in reasons and fourth overall. Team 3, made up of Jilly Baumgartner, Shauna Lapp, Hayden Shults and Kelton Turner, placed third in sheep and fifth in hogs.
The kids had a good showing individually, too and brought home a lot of prizes, including iTunes cards, garment bags, ribbons, sweatshirts, a buckle and a pair of boots.
Jilly placed ninth in sheep and seventh in hogs. Cole was 10th in sheep, eighth in beef, seventh in placings and ninth overall. Marryn placed seventh in sheep and seventh in reasons. Kenzie won firtst in sheep, third in hogs, 10th in beef, sixth in placings, third in reasons and fourth overall. Samantha placed ninth in hogs, second in beef, fifth in placings, fourth in reasons and third overall. Macy won fourth in sheep, second in hogs, first in beef, second in placings, first in reasons and first overall high individual.
The team celebrated its winnings with a Mexican dinner and visit to Mesa Verde on Saturday before heading home.
After a week of good workouts during spring break, the team added some seniors and headed north to Casper College on March 29.
The senior team consisted of Ty Dunham, Madi Shults and Justin Mosher from the Tri-River 4-H team. The intermediate team was Jilly Baumgartner, Macy Collins, Samantha Lapp and Marryn Shults. We had one junior, Hayden Shults.
When we got there, we found out that the intermediates and juniors were not giving reasons. Since we had practiced hard on reasons the night before, we were allowed to “judge up” with the seniors and compete with the high school kids.
The kids had eight traditional classes and two keep/cull classes where they choose four females to keep using a scenario and data about the animals. They also gave four sets of reasons.
Hayden placed second in the junior division based on placings and answering questions about two classes. The intermediate team was fourth in reasons and seventh overall. Justin, Ty and Samantha got recognized for a high set of reasons, while Madi and Macy were recognized for two high sets from the officials.
Ty placed second in beef and eight overall. Justin got eighth in hogs, second in sheep, third in reasons and fourth overall. Madi won fifth in sheep, first in beef, first in reasons and seventh overall. Macy placed fourth in hogs, 10th in sheep, fifth in beef, second in reasons and third overall. Ty, Madi, Justin and Macy all received an all-state point and tuition scholarships for their efforts.