2003 Pioneer Showdown

May 23, 2003

PLATTEVILLE-The UW-Platteville Block & Bridle Club hosted its annual Pioneer Showdown Jackpot Lamb and Beef Shows on April 26-27 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster. The shows were a big success with a total of 120 lambs and 157 cattle competing for prize money totaling more than $4,000. The club, which is made up of students with an interest in livestock, worked hard to advertise and gain sponsorship money to help fund the activity.

Unique to the show this year was a double jackpot for the lamb show on Saturday. Exhibitors could compete in back to back shows. The lamb shows were judged by Rachel Schumacher and Toby Bender. The grand champion lamb in both shows was shown by Nathan Dahnke of Crown Point, Ind., and the reserve grand champion lamb of both shows was shown by Chantal McReynolds of Mineral Point. Showmanship winners in the first show were Ben Playter in the junior division, Seth Playter in the intermediate division, and Chelsey Saevere in the senior division. In the second show, Ben Playter won the junior division, Seth Playter won the intermediate division, and Steva Robinson won the senior division.

On Sunday, Ed Cody was the judge of the heifer and steer shows. The overall champion heifer was a Maine anjou, shown by Holly Poad of Lone Rock and the overall reserve champion heifer was an angus heifer shown by Jackie Zimmerman of Platteville. In the steer division, Jon Gevelinger of Mineral Point showed the overall champion steer and Holly Poad showed the overall reserve champion steer. Both steers were from the crossbred division.

In addition to the shows, the Block & Bridle Club sponsored a $200 alumni scholarship which was awarded to Kevin Larsen of Sauk City.

For more information regarding the Pioneer Showdown, contact Alicia Prill-Adams at 608-342-1326.


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