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Greeley Girl Wins All-Around Showmanship Title

August 4, 2008

By Bill Jackson, Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Aug. 4–Marissa Bartmann was shaking, and it wasn’t because of a light sprinkle hitting the floor of the arena in Island Grove Regional park.

Bartmann, 16, had just been named senior grand champion in the All Around Showmanship Contest of the 2008 Weld County Fair Sunday afternoon, one of the most prestigious titles sought by county 4-H and FFA members each year.

“I was the intermediate reserve champion last year, but this, this is something. Look at me, I’m shaking so bad,” she said trying to steady her hand while clutching a big trophy and a handful of ribbons.

Reserve champion in the senior division went to Austin Reinick of Kersey, who capped off a pretty good fair as he won the reserve championship in the market swine show the day before.

“I kind of partied last night after that, so the contest this morning was a little early,” he said with a laugh.

The winners of the contest were announced following the various catch-it contests — rabbits for the little ones and pigs and sheep for older 4-H and FFA members who will get feeder animals through sponsors to bring back to the fair next year and exhibit.

The intermediate division of the all around showmanship was won by Megan Seltzer of Briggsdale while Jaylinn Lohr of Gill was the reserve champion.

In the all around, the top two competitors from each of the seven species qualify for the contest. They are given five minutes to show each species, then switch until they have shown all seven.

Judges for this year’s event included Judy Rush of Grover, who judged pygmy and non-dairy goats; Sheri Maxwell of Kersey on market goats; Ralph Hinton of Fort Collins on market swine; Rhonda Spreng of Johnstown on horses; Bo Bigler of Livermore on market lambs; Sherrill Hardesty of Greeley on dairy cattle; and Kendra Brown of Fort Collins on market beef.

Bartmann, of Greeley, qualified on horses and said she had the most problem with sheep because she couldn’t get them to stand, got through the hogs without too many problems, but said one dairy heifer “slobbered on the side of my face.”

A sophomore-to-be at Windsor High School, she is the daughter of Milt and Coleen Bartmann of Greeley and is a member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club.

Reinick, 17, is the son of Rod and Tammy Reinick of Kersey and qualified on market swine which he exhibited as a member of the Platte Valley FFA Chapter. He’ll be a senior at Platte Valley this fall and will have one more year of eligibility and may have a chance of being the senior grand champion.

He said the only time he had any all around practice is at jackpot livestock shows and shows like the Little All American the Platte Valley FFA hosts each spring.

“I had my most problems on horses. I ride them, but don’t get a chance to show them,” he said. “But this is pretty nice,” he added looking at his trophy.

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