The Beef and Dairy Obstacle Course was a challenge for some and a breeze for others.
Pictured Left: TJ Rose, Senior Dairy winner, smiles with his trophy.
The course consisted of five stages. In stage 1, cattle had to step over an 8 foot railroad tie lying on the ground, followed by a rubber mat and an additional railroad tie. For stage 2, owners had to maneuver their cows through a series of fans, spaced about 6 feet apart. Station 3 required competitors to lead their cattle into a grooming chute and back out with minimal contact. The cow's head and ear had to go completely through the metal posts in order to earn full points. In stage 4, cattle had to maneuver through a series of gates approximately 3 to 4 feet apart. The gates included a series of 90 degree turns. Station 5 proved to be the most difficult for many cattle. This stage forced cows to step entirely into a trailer.
Each obstacle has an official that scores only that obstacle. The official gives the competitors a score of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best. Time is started when the contestant enters the show arena, and stops upon complete entrance of the cow into the trailer. Contestants have three tries or a maximum of 30 seconds to get through each obstacle until no score is kept for that obstacle. The participant then must move on to the next obstacle.
Scores are determined by multiplying the total number of points deducted on each obstacle by 4, adding up those points, and adding that number to the time, counting each point as one additional second. The competitor with the shortest time after the deductions are accounted for is the winner.
Top two placers receive trophies, and top five placers receive money. First place wins $15, second earns $10, and third through fifth place receive $5 a piece.
Results for Junior Dairy (age 9-14):
1st-Lane Griffin (pictured left) (Time: 0:33; Final Score Time: 1:01)
2nd-Chance Griffin (Time: 0:46; Final Score Time: 1:10)
3rd-Amber Wenger (Time: 0:54; Final Score Time: 1:18)
4th-Jessie Griffin (Time: 0:58; Final Score Time: 1:26)
5th-Irene Winner (Time: 0:59; Final Score Time: 1:31)
Results for Junior Beef (age 9-14):
1st-Tayte Williamson (pictured right) (Time: 0:49; Final Score Time: 1:09)
2nd-Monica Slaven (Time: 0:51; Final Score Time: 1:23)
3rd-Matthew Smith (Time: 1:05; Final Score Time: 1:41)
4th-Brianne Williams (Time: 1:24; Final Score Time: 2:16)
5th-Austin Nicholl (Time: 1:13; Final Score Time: 2:21)
Results for Senior Dairy (age 15-19):
1st-TJ Rose (pictured right) (Time: 0:28; Final Score Time: 0:56)
2nd-Rita Winner (Time: 0:43; Final Score Time: 1:03)
3rd-Jessie Dodson (Time: 0:44; Final Score Time: 1:16)
4th-Ella Jackson (Time: 0:43; Final Score Time: 1:27)
5th-Joseph Ollhoff (Time: 0:50; Final Score Time: 1:30)
Results for Senior Beef (age 15-19)
1st-Kiler Klinger (Time: 0:52; Final Score Time: 1:20)
2nd-Troy Selhorst (Time: 0:50; Final Score Time: 1:34)
3rd-Hillary Jackson (Time: 1:21; Final Score Time: 2:05)
Listen to TJ Rose talk about how it felt to win.
For any suggestions for future Beef and Dairy Obstacle Courses, contact Joel Penhorwood at the Fair Office.