Jackpot draws more than 200 animal exhibits

The Big Horn County Junior Show Awards Committee hosted its fourth annual Jackpot competition June 28 at the fairgrounds. Sanctioned by the Rocky Mountain Jackpot Series, the event drew participants from across the Midwest.

This year there 101 market sheep exhibits, 54 market swine, 26 market beef, 19 market goats and five Doeling goats.

“It is exciting to see the quality of animals that show at our jackpot,” said Gretchen Gasvoda, the Big Horn County 4-H educator for the University of Wyoming Extension Service.
“The contacts and friendships that youth and families make are priceless.”

The awards committee collects a percentage of the entry fees of each animal entered; those fees are used to offset Big Horn County Junior Show Fair Awards.

Brooke Howard earned grand and reserve in Doeling goat.

Taylor Rives earned grand and Jaxton Willoughby reserve in market goat.

Nyckalas Harvey from Lovell captured reserve champion senior showman. Aiden Searfoss from Manderson earned reserve intermediate showman. Marie Hillman from Lovell was excited to receive reserve pee wee showman.

In market swine, Mady Dolcater earned grand and Chase Taylor captured reserve.

Emma Mercer placed in fourth in Class 2, first in Class 5 and third in Class 7. Ashley Miller captured fourth in Class 4 and 5. Spur Hackney earned third in Class 4.

In market sheep, Andrea Maneotis earned grand champion and Conner Lee was reserve.

Gabriel VanderPloeg placed fourth in Class 2. Nyckalas Harvey earned fourth in Class 5 and 7, in addition to placing sixth in senior showmanship. Emma Mercer placed third in Class 9 and 11, as well as fifth in senior showmanship. Ashley Miller placed second in Class 11.   Brian Rice captured seventh in intermediate showmanship and Marie Hillman was second in pee wee showmanship.

In market beef, Strite Daniels captured grand and reserve.

Ryan Hoyt earned fourth in Class 4 and second in Class 4, as well as fifth in junior showmanship.

The Jackpot would not be possible, Gasvoda said, without generous sponsors and local supporters, including Dorvall Club Lambs, Kussmaul Seed, Big Horn County Farm Bureau, Paintrock Angus, Paintrock FFA, Big Horn County Extension, Buster’s Hay Grinding, J&E Irrigation, Western Ranch, Haley Concessions, Jared and Wendy Boardman, Security State Bank and Bank of Greybull.