County 4-Hers rank high at U of I judging contest

photo/Debi Schreiber

4-Hers show off livestock judging awards after a long day at the U of I; left to right are Bryce Melville, Trevor Wentz (in trees), Dylan Denton (in hat), Devin Schreiber (asleep), Calli Miller, Darby Gassett, Marli Tracy, Maddi Tracy, Bretta Wentz, Deidre Schreiber, Regan Bedard, Sally-Mary Blair and Emily Spang.

Twelve 4-H members from Wallowa County attended the Ag Day Invitational Livestock Judging Contest at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho on Sept. 18. The four-member teams placed fourth and fifth and sixth out of 11 4-H teams competing, and individuals topped the ranking in both junior and intermediate divisions.

"The group represented Wallowa County very well this year. This is a tough contest, where they are competing against teams from Idaho and Washington," OSU Extension Agent Debi Schreiber said,

The team of Emily Spang, Trevor Wentz, Marli Tracy and Dylan Denton placed fourth;

Regan Bedard, Bretta Wentz, Maddi Tracy and Darby Gassett placed fifth; and Sally Mary Blair, Calli Miller, Bryce Melville and Deidre Schreiber placed sixth.

Special recognition was given to the top five places in each age division at the awards banquet sponsored by the Block and Bridle Ag Club at U of I.

In the junior division, Wallowa County members controlled the contest, bringing home top honors. The following members placed in the top five: first, Regan Bedard; second, Maddi Tracy; third, Bryce Melville; fourth, Deidre Schreiber; and fifth, Darby Gassett.

In the intermediate division, Emily Spang placed first and Trevor Wentz ranked second, another excellent showing for the county.

Debi Schreiber, Leanna Wentz and Jill Mallory were the official chaperones and coaches for the group.

After the contest, members attended the Idaho Vandals football game and barbecue.

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