Monday, September 3, 2007

Top 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Showman

Three young men from Carroll County won the 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Showmanship competition at the recent Maryland State Fair in Timonium.

Ryan Hevner was the champion junior showman (ages 8-10). Sam Harden was the champion intermediate showman (ages 11-13). The champion senior showman (ages 14-18) and overall grand champion meat goat showman was Drew Cashman.

Drew competed against prior-year's winners in the "Showmanship Challenge" and successfully defended his title. The 2006 winner was Konnar Miller from Frederick County. The 2005 winner was Troy Bennett from Carroll County.

Champion 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Showman: Drew Cashman (L), Sam Harden (C), and Ryan Hevner (R)Pictured from left to right are Dr. Frank Craddock (judge), Drew Cashman (senior and overall champion), Sam Harden (intermediate champion), and Ryan Hevner (junior champion)

Judging criteria is fitting of animal, 20 points; performance in the show ring, 50 points; knowledge of project, 10 points; and exhibitor's personal appearance, 10 points.