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MARYSVILLE, OH – The 2017–2018 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 5 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. 
“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” says Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”
Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, M.H. EBY, Frazier Farms, Farm Credit Mid–America, Garwood Cattle Co. LLC, Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions and Weaver Leather Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.
This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state with over 523 youth participants showing 749 head of market animals and heifers. 
Banquet Sponsors
Sponsors of the event included: Heritage Cooperative, Highland Livestock Supply, Kent Feeds and Umbarger Show Feeds. State breed associations sponsoring belt buckle cases for the winners in each of the respective breeds: Buckeye Hereford Association, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Mid–Eastern Maine-Anjou Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, Ohio Simmental Association and 4 Wiley Farm Miniature Herefords. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the remaining breeds’ winners.
BEST Committee
The OCA BEST program functions with the strong backing of the BEST Committee. Serving on the BEST Committee are, Chairman, Todd Pugh, Stark Co.; Vice–Chairman, Mark Hara, Franklin Co.; Brandon Corry, Greene Co.; Alice Frazier, Jackson Co.; Kim Herman, Allen Co.; Roger Hunker, Huron Co.; Sally Puzacke, Tuscarawas Co.; Mindy Sanders, Highland Co. and Bill Tom, Ohio State Fair Beef Director. Additionally, the show representatives are Drew Baus, Henry Co., representing the AGR Holiday Classic and Chase Gostomsky, Darke Co., representing the War at Warren. During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2018–2019 season were announced. They are Brooke Egbert, Auglaize Co. and Madison King, Logan Co.. Selected for a second two–year term is Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.. Continuing for their second term is Sarah Harner, Greene Co. and Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot Co..
Youth Scholarships
BEST participants’ efforts in academics and extracurricular activities are also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program, awarding a $1,500 scholarship. The 2017–2018 scholarship recipient was Olivia Wood, Clinton Co..
Novice Scholarships 
New BEST participants were eligible to apply for a Novice sponsorship prior to the start of the BEST show season. To be eligible, youth ages 8–21 had to qualify for the Novice division by being first or second year BEST program participants. Novice eligible participants submitted an essay that was reviewed by a panel of judges that ranked the scholarship applications. The selected participants received a scholarship worth $120 to cover the cost of their family’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association membership for $75 as well as one head BEST nomination fee valued at $45. Youth chosen were able to redeem their scholarship at the first BEST show they attended. The Novice scholarship program is sponsored by Weaver Leather Livestock and the recipients of the scholarship include: Cheyenne Anders, Knox Co.; Gabrielle Anders, Knox Co.; Emily Barkheimer, Stark Co.; Seamus Bly, Lake Co.; Hawk Brehm, Fulton Co.; Scarlett Brehm, Fulton Co.; Lance Brinksneader, Darke Co.; Bailey Cherry, Hocking Co.; Brandon Christian, Geauga Co.; Trevor Christian, Geauga Co.; Kendall Davies, Wood Co.; Lily Dennis, Fairfield Co.; Barrett Evans, Tuscarawas Co.; Brady Evans, Tuscarawas Co.; Russell Fox, Seneca Co.; Ava Gibson, Wyandot Co.; Taylor Herman, Portage Co.; Maggie Hoorman, Putnam Co.; Carson Klingel, Marion Co.; Aric Lust, Knox Co.; Cowen McKelvey, Wayne Co.; Haylee McKelvey, Wayne Co.; Jacob McMillen, Delaware Co.; Joseph McMillen, Delaware Co.; Connor McNinch, Preble Co.; Dylan Mezie, Knox Co.; Garrett Miley, Noble Co.; Isaac Miley, Noble Co.; Cheyenne Myers, Stark Co.; Alexis Perry, Ottawa Co.; Lukas Perry, Ottawa Co.; Mason Powell, Morrow Co.; Morgan Powell, Morrow Co.; James Sander, Ottawa Co.; Joshua Sander, Ottawa Co.; Delaney Sark, Pickaway Co.; Anna Scheurman, Coshocton Co.; Megan Schulte, Putnam Co.; Reed Schumacher, Putnam Co.; Robyn Schumacher, Putnam Co.; Kelsey Shope, Scioto Co.; Erica Snook, Noble Co.; Gavin Stump, Wyandot Co.; Morgan Truesdale, Franklin Co.; Addie Van Kirk, Licking Co.; Nathan Videkovich, Pickaway Co.; Caroline Winter, Pickaway Co.; Colton Worden, Crawford Co.; Ramey Wyant, Jackson Co.; and Noah Zigo, Licking Co..
M.H. EBY Trailer Winner
Participants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for the free use of an 8’ x 26’ EBY Trailer complete with BEST logo detailing for the 2018–2019 BEST season, donated by EBY Trailer. Participants were given an entry for every animal they showed at each show throughout the season equaling more than 4,200 entries. The lucky winner was Collin Britton, Wood Co..
Community Service Fundraising Winners
BEST participants worked this season to raise money for two charities, Make–A–Wish® Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year, a total of $13,802 was raised by BEST participants for the Make–A–Wish® Foundation. In its six years of contribution, the BEST program has raised over $80,000 for the Make–A–Wish® Foundation. Victoria Waits, Fayette Co., received a $500 gift certificate to be used on show supplies with Weaver Leather Livestock for being the top fundraiser in the Make–A–Wish® project. Waits raised a total of $2,250. Participants raising $50 or more were also entered to win a $500 gift certificate, and Taylor Stephen, Morrow Co., was selected as the drawing winner. Ashton Bain, Highland Co., received a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree with Weaver Leather Livestock for collecting the most pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Bain collected 485 pounds of pop tabs. In total, BEST participants collected 1,085 pounds of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Character Traits Winners - New for 2017-18
The Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) and Weaver Leather Livestock teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Weaver Leather Livestock sponsored the 2018 BEST Character awards, highlighting attitude, focus and patience. Any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents could nominate other cattlemen, breeders or exhibitors for any of the Character Traits. Jacob LeBrun, Scioto Co. was recognized for having an outstanding attitude; Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co., was recognized for his extreme focus; and Collin Britton, Wood Co. was awarded for his exceptional patience.
Gift Certificate Winners
Savannah Holzen, Miami Co., won the drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of her next show animal or show supplies from an OCA member, BEST sponsoring partner or OCA Allied Industry Council member. Winning a show pass, valued at more than $850, was Nathan Miller, Erie Co.. A gift card valued at $100 was won by Jakob Edgell, Morrow Co.. 
Novice Show Box Drawing
Novice participant, Delaney Chester of Warren Co., won a new show box in a novice–only drawing, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock.
15 Show Attendees
It takes a lot of time and dedication for juniors and their parents to attend any of the BEST shows, but several individuals attended all 15 BEST shows across the state. Forty–nine BEST participants won a free single–show entry pass for the 2018–2019 season.
Photography Contest
This year’s photography contest had top–notch entries encompassing four divisions: BEST Shows and Activities, Landscapes, People and Around the Farm. Three winners were awarded in each age division and an Editor’s Choice and Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention were selected from all submissions. The winners were as follows:
Beginner Division
1st Place Beginner – Alexis Perry, Ottawa Co.
2nd Place Beginner – Taylor Barton, Clinton Co.
3rd Place Beginner – Connor Yochum, Highland Co.
Junior Division
1st Place Junior– Walker Wiley, Morrow Co.
2nd Place Junior – Evan Pope, Gallia Co.
3rd Place Junior – Anna Scheurman, Coshocton Co.
Intermediate Division
1st Place Intermediate – Erin Pope, Gallia Co.
2nd Place Intermediate – Victoria Waits, Fayette Co.
3rd Place Intermediate – Victoria Waits, Fayette Co.
Senior Division
1st Place Senior – Erica Snook, Noble Co.
2nd Place Senior – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co.
3rd Place Senior – Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.
Editor’s Choice
Editor’s Choice – 1st Place Senior – Erica Snook, Noble Co.
Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention – 1st Place Intermediate – Erin Pope, Gallia Co. 
Heifer and Market Animal Champions:
Angus
Champion Angus Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co.
Reserve Champion Angus Heifer – Beau Johnson, Gallia Co.
Third Overall Angus Heifer – Kyle Piscione, Medina Co.
Fourth Overall Angus Heifer – Hudson Drake, Ross Co.
Fifth Overall Angus Heifer – Luke McKee, Knox Co.
Champion Angus Steer – Carly Sanders, Highland Co.
Reserve Champion Angus Steer – Isaac Miley, Noble Co.
Chianina
Champion Chianina Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co.
Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer – Darby Ayars, Champaign Co.
Champion Chianina Steer – Hudson Drake, Ross Co. 
Reserve Champion Chianina Steer – Zachery Retcher, Defiance Co.
Hereford
Champion Hereford Heifer – Jenna Phelps, Union Co.
Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer – Ryan Gillespie, Butler Co.
Champion Hereford Steer – Ross Michael, Montgomery Co.
Reserve Champion Hereford Steer – Ashton Bain, Highland Co.
Maine-Anjou
Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co. 
Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Caylee Sager, Fulton Co. 
Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Hailee Carter, Holmes Co.
Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co.
Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Kaitlynn Baker, Wayne Co.
Fourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Shelby Kinley, Wyandot Co.
Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Kassidy Thompson, Miami Co.
Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Tyler Michael, Montgomery Co. 
Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Collin Fedderke, Henry Co.
Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Owen Brinker, Wood Co.
Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Lauren Schulte, Putnam Co.
Fifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Wyatt Conrad, Butler Co.
Shorthorn
Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Caroline Winter, Pickaway Co.
Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Emily Dahse, Gallia Co.
Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Sara Britton, Wood Co.
Fourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Kyle Piscione, Medina Co.
Fifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Beau Johnson, Gallia Co.
Champion Shorthorn Steer – Abigail Thornton, Fairfield Co.
Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer – Rachel Hostetler, Logan Co.
Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Tanner Cordes, Montgomery Co.
Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Caden McLaughlin, Monroe Co.
Third Overall ShorthornPlus Heifer – Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne Co. 
Fourth Overall ShorthornPlus Heifer – Jenna Godown, Darke Co.
Fifth Overall ShorthornPlus Heifer – Skyler Ward, Preble Co.
Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Delaney Chester, Warren Co.
Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Lukas Perry, Ottawa Co.
Simmental
Champion Simmental Heifer – Collin Britton, Wood Co.
Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – Allison Herr, Fulton Co.
Champion % Simmental Heifer – Caitlin Schaub, Auglaize Co.
Reserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer – Owen Fennig, Mercer Co.
Third Overall % Simmental Heifer – Haley Frazier, Jackson Co. 
Fourth Overall % Simmental Heifer – Delaney Chester, Warren Co. 
Fifth Overall % Simmental Heifer – Camren Fedderke, Henry Co. 
Champion Simmental Steer – Carter McCauley, Guernsey Co.
Reserve Champion Simmental Steer – Grant Belleville, Wood Co.
AOB
Champion High % AOB Heifer – Hudson Drake, Ross Co. 
Reserve Champion High % AOB Heifer – Brooke Egbert, Auglaize Co.
Champion Low % AOB Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. 
Reserve Champion Low % AOB Heifer – Allison Davis, Carroll Co.
Champion AOB Steer – Sydney Sanders, Highland Co.
Reserve Champion AOB Steer – Maggie Mathews, Clinton Co.
Miniature
Champion Miniature Heifer – Isaac Wiley, Morrow Co.
Reserve Champion Miniature Heifer – Andrew Johnson, Preble Co.
Champion Miniature Steer – Seamus Bly, Lake Co.
Reserve Champion Miniature Steer – Noah Smith, Sandusky Co.
Market Heifer
Champion Market Heifer – Josh Champer, Madison Co.
Reserve Champion Market Heifer – Rufus Levi Tackett, Scioto Co.
Third Overall Market Heifer – Erin Pope, Gallia Co.
Fourth Overall Market Heifer – Luke Brinksneader, Darke Co.
Fifth Overall Market Heifer – Brice Phelps, Union Co. 
Crossbred 
Champion Crossbred Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. 
Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer – Emma Yochum, Highland Co. 
Third Overall Crossbred Heifer – Karlie Kennedy, Adams Co.
(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Sydney Schneder, Clinton Co.
(TIE) Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Ellie Day, Athens Co.
Fifth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co.                       
Champion Crossbred Steer – Karlie Palmer, Clark Co.
Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer – Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co.
Third Overall Crossbred Steer – Brooke Egbert, Auglaize Co.
Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer – Sydney Mazey, Wood Co.
Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer – Calvin Trigg, Fairfield Co.
Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer – Alli Pfister, Licking Co.
Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Mackenzie Hursey, Tuscarawas Co.
Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer – Jacob Levering, Morrow Co.
(TIE) Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer – Hayden Belleville, Wood Co.
(TIE) Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer – Jack Champer, Madison Co.
Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Riley Rismiller, Darke Co.
Eleventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Madalynn Bruckelmyer, Muskingum Co.
Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.
(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Erin Pope, Gallia Co.
(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Victoria Waits, Fayette Co.
(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Hannah Whitted, Portage Co.
(TIE) Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Lance Brinksneader, Darke Co.
Fourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Madison King, Logan Co.
Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Brice Phelps, Union Co.
BEST Novice Champions
Heifers
Champion Novice Heifer – Caroline Winter, Pickaway Co. – Shorthorn
Reserve Champion Novice Heifer – Andrew Johnson, Preble Co. – Miniature
Third Overall Novice Heifer – Kaitlynn Baker, Wayne Co. – MaineTainer
Fourth Overall Novice Heifer – Sara Britton, Wood Co. – Shorthorn
(TIE)Fifth Overall Novice Heifer – Luke Fulton, Miami Co. – Crossbred
(TIE)Fifth Overall Novice Heifer – Darby Ayars, Champaign Co. – Chianina
(TIE)Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Madisen Jolliff, Hardin Co. – Crossbred
(TIE)Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Austin Pullins, Athens Co. – Chianina
Seventh Overall Novice Heifer – Delaney Chester, Warren Co. – % Simmental
Eighth Overall Novice Heifer – Collin Fedderke, Henry Co. – Purebred Simmental
Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Taylor Barton, Clinton Co. – MaineTainer
Tenth Overall Novice Heifer – Rebekah Pertuset, Scioto Co. – MaineTainer
Market Animals
Champion Novice Steer – Delaney Chester, Warren Co. – ShorthornPlus
Reserve Champion Novice Steer – Karlie Palmer, Clark Co. – Crossbred
Third Overall Novice Steer – Lukas Perry, Ottawa Co. – ShorthornPlus
Fourth Overall Novice Steer – Ashton Bain, Highland Co. – Hereford
Fifth Overall Novice Steer – Collin Fedderke, Henry Co. – Maine-Anjou
(TIE)Sixth Overall Novice Steer – Rachel Hostetler, Logan Co. – Shorthorn
(TIE)Sixth Overall Novice Steer – Maggie Mathews, Clinton Co. – AOB
(TIE)Seventh Overall Novice Steer – Riley Rismiller, Darke Co. – Crossbred
(TIE)Seventh Overall Novice Steer – Owen Brinker, Wood Co. – Maine-Anjou
Eighth Overall Novice Steer – Morgan Powell, Morrow Co. – ShorthornPlus
Ninth Overall Novice Steer – Isaac Miley, Noble Co. – Angus
Tenth Overall Novice Steer – Wyatt Conrad, Butler Co. – Maine-Anjou
BEST Bred & Owned Champions
Heifers
Champion Bred & Owned Heifer – Skyler Ward, Preble Co. – ShorthornPlus
Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer– Mya Hetrick, Sandusky Co. – Shorthorn
Third Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Kinley Kreis, Muskingum Co. – MaineTainer
Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Ellie Kidwell, Knox Co. – Angus
Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer– Hunter Harris, Adams Co. –  % Simmental
Steers
Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Trent Broermann, Preble Co. – Maine-Anjou
Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Anne Thompson, Clinton Co. – Maine-Anjou
Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Hayden Smith, Holmes Co. – Maine-Anjou
Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Hunter Harris, Adams Co. – Simmental
Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Paige Gehret, Darke Co. – Maine-Anjou
BEST Showmanship Winners
Beginner
Champion Beginner Showman – Emma Yochum, Highland Co.
Reserve Beginner Showman – Carly Sanders, Highland Co. 
Third Overall Beginner Showman – Sydney Schneder, Clinton Co.
Fourth Overall Beginner Showman – Lance Brinksneader, Darke Co.
Fifth Overall Beginner Showman – Taylor Barton, Clinton Co.
Sixth Overall Beginner Showman – Delaney Chester, Warren Co.
Seventh Overall Beginner Showman – Alexis Perry, Ottawa Co.
Eighth Overall Beginner Showman – Wyatt Osborn, Highland Co.
Ninth Overall Beginner Showman – Alexis Watkins, Wyandot Co.
Tenth Overall Beginner Showman – Kendall Davies, Wood Co.
Junior
Champion Junior Showman – Beau Johnson, Gallia Co. 
Reserve Champion Junior Showman – Hudson Drake, Ross Co.
Third Overall Junior Showman – Sydney Sanders, Highland Co.
Fourth Overall Junior Showman – Ellie Day, Athens Co.
Fifth Overall Junior Showman – Hayden Smith, Holmes Co.
Sixth Overall Junior Showman – Ross Michael, Montgomery Co.
Seventh Overall Junior Showman – Karly Goetz, Ottawa Co.
Eighth Overall Junior Showman – Tait Dusseau, Ottawa Co. 
(TIE)Ninth Overall Junior Showman – Grant Belleville, Wood Co.
(TIE)Ninth Overall Junior Showman – Logan Schroeder, Defiance Co.
Tenth Overall Junior Showman – Madison Paden, Guernsey Co.
Novice
Champion Novice Showman – Caroline Winter, Pickaway Co.
Reserve Novice Showman – Brooklyn Conrad, Butler Co.
Third Overall Novice Showman – Maggie Mathews, Clinton Co.
Fourth Overall Novice Showman – Mekenzie Jolliff, Hardin Co.
Fifth Overall Novice Showman – Lukas Perry, Ottawa Co.
Sixth Overall Novice Showman – Garrett Miley, Noble Co.
Seventh Overall Novice Showman – Rebekah Pertuset, Scioto Co.
Eighth Overall Novice Showman – Darby Ayars, Champaign Co.
Ninth Overall Novice Showman – Taylor Ayars, Champaign Co.
Tenth Overall Novice Showman – Isaac Miley, Noble Co.
Intermediate
Champion Intermediate Showman – Allison Davis, Carroll Co. 
Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman – Hannah Whitted, Portage Co.
Third Overall Intermediate Showman – Caden Hess, Highland Co. 
Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman – Caden McLaughlin, Monroe Co.
Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman – Ellie Kidwell, Knox Co.
Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman – Sydney Mazey, Wood Co.
(TIE)Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman – Tyler Michael, Montgomery Co.
(TIE)Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman – Madalynn Bruckelmyer, Muskingum Co.
Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman – Jacob LeBrun, Scioto Co.
Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman – Erin Pope, Gallia Co. 
Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman – Rufus Levi Tackett, Scioto Co.
Senior
Champion Senior Showman – Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co.
Reserve Champion Senior Showman – Kyle Piscione, Medina Co.
Third Overall Senior Showman – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.
Fourth Overall Senior Showman – Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co. 
Fifth Overall Senior Showman – Alli Pfister, Licking Co. 
Sixth Overall Senior Showman – Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.
Seventh Overall Senior Showman – Bricen Hess, Highland Co. 
Eighth Overall Senior Showman – Hannah Ziegler, Wyandot Co.
Ninth Overall Senior Showman – Christy Miller, Erie Co.
Tenth Overall Senior Showman – Olivia Wood, Clinton Co.

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