W. Idaho Fair: Food, friends and ribbons

Meridian FFA members competed with nine different animal species, including both small and large animals.

By Ellie Higgins

Meridian, Idaho, FFA Reporter

Published on August 30, 2017 3:02PM

Last changed on August 30, 2017 3:19PM

Sierra Horton with her Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn.

Photo by Jaynie Horton

Sierra Horton with her Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn.

Meridian FFA members fill the horse showmanship lineup.

Photo by Ms. Liz Russell

Meridian FFA members fill the horse showmanship lineup.

Ellie Higgins (Grand Champion FFA Round Robin showman, Grand Champion FFA Dairy Goat showman) shows a beef heifer in FFA Large Animal Round Robin.

Photo by Mike Higgins

Ellie Higgins (Grand Champion FFA Round Robin showman, Grand Champion FFA Dairy Goat showman) shows a beef heifer in FFA Large Animal Round Robin.

Jordyn Bettencourt leaves the dairy ring after winning Grand Champion FFA Dairy showman.

Photo by Anne King

Jordyn Bettencourt leaves the dairy ring after winning Grand Champion FFA Dairy showman.

Cameron King (Reserve Grand Dairy FFA Showman) proudly displays his dairy heifer after selling her through the Dairy Heifer Replacement Program.

Photo by Anne King

Cameron King (Reserve Grand Dairy FFA Showman) proudly displays his dairy heifer after selling her through the Dairy Heifer Replacement Program.

Joe Weiting, with the help of Kaitlyn Steppe, poses with his awards after winning Reserve Grand FFA Sheep showman.

Photo by Trinity Martin

Joe Weiting, with the help of Kaitlyn Steppe, poses with his awards after winning Reserve Grand FFA Sheep showman.

Lauren Barker shows off her ribbons after winning Reserve Grand FFA Horse showman.

Photo by Ms. Liz Russell

Lauren Barker shows off her ribbons after winning Reserve Grand FFA Horse showman.

Meridian FFA members (Ashton Shaul, Cameron King, and Sierra Horton with others not shown) dominate the FFA Dairy showmanship class.

Photo by Anne King

Meridian FFA members (Ashton Shaul, Cameron King, and Sierra Horton with others not shown) dominate the FFA Dairy showmanship class.


Early mornings, fair food, friends, and ribbons: what a way to end the summer! At the Western Idaho Fair, Meridian FFA members rounded off their jam-packed summers with nearly a week full of showing their project animals. Because of months and sometimes even years hard work with their projects, Meridian FFA showmen displayed exemplary success in all areas of showing.

Meridian FFA members competed with nine different animal species, including both small and large animals. These species included beef cattle, dairy cattle, dairy goat, horse, poultry, rabbit, cat, sheep, and swine. These exhibitors spent countless hours raising, training, fitting, preparing, and finally showing their animals. Listed below are all Meridian FFA members with the species they showed. Members that made the top five overall are listed first with their placing, and all showmen after are listed alphabetically.

Beef Cattle

• Kyleigh Davis

• Gunnar Glineski

• Braxton Hiatt

• Sierra Horton

• Ethan Johnson

• Trinity Martin

• Kayla Shubert

Dairy Cattle

• Jordyn Bettencourt – Grand Champion

• Cameron King – Reserve Champion

• Savannah Christensen

• Mollie Hiscox

• Sierra Horton

• Ashton Shaul

• Kayla Shubert

Dairy Goat

• Ellie Higgins – Grand Champion

• Abby McMillian – 3rd

Horse

• Lauren Barker – Reserve Champion

• Ellie Higgins – 3rd

• Isaac Livesay – 4th

• Emma Carley

• Rachel Mansfield

• Ellie McNeal

• Alexa Phillips

Poultry

• Sophia Schuler

Rabbit

• Amber Hansen

• Emma Sells

Cat

• Emma Sells

Sheep

• Joe Wieting – Reserve Champion

• Dani Turnbough – 3rd

• Zach Ball – 5th

• Cody Ball

• Emmerson Billings

• Emma Carley

• Daisy Davidson

• Braxton Hiatt

• Sierra Horton

• Miranda Hurska

• Cameron King

• Isaac Livesay

• Rachel Mansfield

• Trinity Martin

• Kaden McCarney

• Jon Muniz

• Kaitlin Muniz

• Colby Peugh

• Emily Pile

• Olivia Sells

• Ashton Shaul

• Brock Schurtz

• Kaitlyn Steppe

Swine

• Abby McMillian – Grand Champion

• Zach Davis – Reserve Champion

• Savannah Helsey

• Blake Hilderbrand

• Ashley Kerby

• Julia Matthews

All Grand and Reserve Champion showmen attended the Round Robin. The Meridian FFA Chapter had eight members attend Large Animal Round Robin, including Jordyn Bettencourt, Cameron King, Ellie Higgins, Lauren Barker, Joe Weiting, Dani Turnbough (second runner up for sheep), Abby McMillian, and Zach Davis. Round Robin participants show all livestock species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, dairy goat, market goat, horse, sheep, and swine. Top four participants were Ellie Higgins with Grand Champion, Abby McMillian with Reserve Champion, Cameron King with 3rd high, and Joe Weiting with 4th high. Ellie Higgins will continue on to compete in the Super Round Robin, where the Grnad Champion showmen from 10 different county fairs in Idaho and Oregon compete.

In addition to showing, members also volunteer in the Meridian FFA Fair Booth. This booth raises money for the chapter, and provides delicious treats for our community, as well as opportunities for our members! Money raised in the Meridian FFA Fair Booth goes towards travel, jacket, and conference expenses that allow members to fully immerse themselves into FFA, even if they may not be able to afford it.

The Meridian FFA Chapter has many people to thank for their support. From our livestock buyers to our Dairy Heifer Replacement Project buyers, and from our incredibly supportive parents to our amazing advisors. Without all of these people, it would not be possible for Meridian FFA members to do what they love.















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