It looked like it was over. At least from Hannah Myers’ point of view Friday afternoon during the All-Around Large Animal Showmanship competition.
During the sheep portion of the competition, her sheep bolted, taking Myers for a ride and a hard tumble onto the sawdust in the ring. “I never thought I had a chance,” she said later.
But the showmanship competition is just that – showmanship. And that meant getting up, dusting off, and taking her place back in the line, showing the unruly sheep.
However, it didn’t get easier for Myers, as the sheep was followed by showing a swine that seemed more content to dig into the corner of the ring than be shown. But she did everything she could with it to get it shown.
But two unruly animals back to back? It didn’t give her much confidence, especially going up against seven other top showmen.
So it came as a shock to her when the judge came over and shook her hand, naming her the 2012 All-Around Large Animal Showman for the 2012 LaGrange County 4-H Fair. This was the first time Myers had competed in the all-around competition.
The award caps Myers’ 10 years of 4-H at her last fair. “This is the best way to end my 4-H career,” she stated.
Khyleigh North, competing for the second year in the all-around, was named runner-up. North has two years remaining in 4-H and is determined to be back in the ring competing for the trophy next year.
Myers, who represented the started calf/dairy beef barns, is the daughter of Gary and Michelle Myers of Howe. The 2012 graduate of Lakeland High School has been active in 4-H showing swine, started calf, and dairy beef, as well as photography and crops. She heads to Purdue University in the fall to study visual communications.
Runner-up Khyleigh North is the daughter of Mike and Cheryl North of rural Wolcottville. North represented the swine barn in the all-around competition. She will be a junior at Prairie Heights High School this year and is a member of several junior swine associations and shows swine on the show circuit in Indiana, as well as at national shows and expos. She is an eight-year member of the South Milford Mighty Mites 4-H Club.
Other contestants for 2012 were:
Jason Perkins, son of Rod and Kathy Perkins of LaGrange, is an eight-year 4-H member who represented the dairy barn. He is active in working on the family dairy farm and also runs track and cross country for Prairie Heights High School and is with the PHHS FFA.
Tailor VanWagner is the daughter of Jeff and Lori VanWagner of LaGrange. She represented the draft horse barn in this year’s all-around showmanship, her first year competing in the contest. She has been a member of the Springfield Sidewinders 4-H Club for six years and has been in sheep, horse and pony and vet science.
Zach Green represented the beef barn in the all-around competition. He is the son of Andy and Melody Green of LaGrange. The second year 4-Her will be a 5th grader at Wolcott Mills Elementary this fall. Green shows cattle at the Indiana State Fair, Hoosier Beef Congress, and other open beef cattle shows. He was the Reserve Champion Jr. Chianina Showman at the 2011 Indiana State Fair.
Lillian Venema is the daughter of Art and Marion Venema. The six-year 4-Her shows goats and dairy cows and represented the goat barn in the all-around. Venema runs cross-country and plays soccer year-round, and enjoys working on the goat farm and raising her own dairy goats.
Cole Miller is the son of Tom and Robbie Miller of LaGrange. The Lakeland High School freshman has been in 4-H for six years and competed in his first all-around showmanship representing the sheep barn. Miller has taken swine, lamb and horse and pony while in 4-H.
Taylor Miller is the daughter of Tom and Robbie Miller of LaGrange. This was her 10th year in 4-H and she has taken a variety of projects, including sewing, swine, lambs, and horse and pony. Miller represented the horse barn in Friday’s all-around. She has also participated in the Miss LaGrange County contest. She will be attending IPFW this fall to study hospitality and tourism management.