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This article was written by Megan Nielson, former 4-H Youth Livestock Field Specialist.

This year twenty 4-H youth represented South Dakota at the 2013 Western National Roundup help in Denver, Colorado on January 9th through the 13th. The Western National Roundup hosts a variety of different contests where youth have the opportunity to meet other youth from across the nation and represent their state proudly. South Dakota’s presence was known throughout the event as every team in each of the contests, ranging from horse, livestock, and consumer decision making, was recognized. 

Above: 2013 South Dakota 4-H Participants at the Western National Roundup

State winners from the FCS contest Brianne Bertsch of Hand County, Austin Larson from Kingsbury County, and Avery Johnson of Hughes/Stanley County came together to form the competing team in the Consumer Decision Making Contest coached by Tracey Lehrke. The team evaluated classes of different consumer goods, gave oral sets of reasons, and worked together on a group think challenge. Brianne Bertsch was specially recognized for her 3rd place finish in placing with a score of 296 out of a possible 300.

Above: 2013 South Dakota CDM Team

Within the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, the South Dakota team was composed of Amy Wolff, Grant County; Dayton VanderWal, Brookings County; Halley Becking, Codington County; Julianna Albrecht, Kingsbury County; and coached by Falynn Hogg. Twenty-three teams competed in evaluating beef, sheep, swine, and goat classes. All of the South Dakota team members ranked in the top 25 within various contest divisions and the team won sheep placings. Special recognition was given to Amy Wolff, who received 5th place in sheep placings, and Halley Becking, who ranked 4th in swine placings. 

South Dakota 4-H youth were strong competitors in horse competitions at the 2013 Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado. Thirteen youth represented South Dakota in the horse judging, hippology, horse quiz bowl, and horse demonstration contests and scores from those events were combined to recognize South Dakota as the 6th high state overall.

The Hippology Team, with members: Ashley Currence, Kendra Currence, Morgan Janisch, and Valerie Moen, placed 9th overall, 5th in the judging phase, and 10th in the written exam and team station phase. Ashley Currence was also recognized as 4th high individual in the individual station phase and 9th overall. Teams demonstrated their horse knowledge by completing team and individual exams, station identification, and judging classes. This year’s team was the winning team at the 2012 State 4-H Horse Show from Roberts County coached by Julie Nelson.

The Quiz Bowl Team was quick with their buzzers, placing 5th overall. Members on the team included: Madison Cutler, Joellen Gonsoir, McCamey Kimbler, Bailey Ringgenberg, and Coach Christen Gonsoir from Brown County. The 10th high individual overall for total points scored was awarded to Joellen Gonsoir.

Sydney Sleep, from Butte/Lawrence, gave a horse demonstration and received 5th place overall. She was coached by Jodi Sleep.

The Horse Judging Team, coached by Bruce & Stacey Bebo, placed 3rd overall, 4th in halter judging, 4th in reasons, and 5th place for performance judging. The winning team members included: Cheyenne Bebo, Spink County; Brittany Hinkle, Hyde County; Stuart Meyer, Spink County; and Fehrin Ward, Butte/Lawrence County. Cheyenne Bebo ranked 6th high individual in reasons and was 7th overall in performance judging. Fehrin Ward received top honors placing 4th overall, 4th individual in halter judging, and was 9th in reasons.

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