Canadian Junior Angus Showdown results

Purely Purebred, news from the September 27, 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Junior Angus Grand Aggregrate scholarship recipients. Left to right: Kasey Adams, Wynton Brandl, Landon Brandl, Kade Rancier, Halley Adams, Jessica Davey.

Canadian Junior Angus held its annual summer cattle show, Showdown, in late August. Due to the pandemic, Showdown was a hybrid event, held both online and in-person at Olds, Alta.

The grand aggregate is the award that all juniors hope to receive at the banquet; it is the award for overall “best.” To compete for the grand aggregate award, juniors must compete in at least five of the following Showdown competitions: conformation, showmanship, literature, judging, photography, farm sign, graphic design, marketing, team grooming and public speaking. 

Competitors receive aggregate points based on participation and how they place in all competitions. At the end of all the competitions, the individual with the most points is named the grand aggregate for the year. The grand aggregates are presented with a cash award and a buckle, and the reserve aggregates are presented with a cash award at the final Showdown banquet.

Grand aggregrate winners were as follows: 

  • In the junior division (ages nine to 12), the winner was Landon Brandl of Jarvie, Alta. The reserve junior Grand Aggregate was presented to Kade Rancier of Killam, Alta. 
  • In the intermediate division (ages 13-16), the winner was Kasey Adams of Forestburg, Alta. Wynton Brandl of Jarvie, Alta., was reserve intermediate Grand Aggregate. 
  • The senior division (ages 17-21) Grand Aggregate was won by Halley Adams of Forestburg, Alta. Reserve Grand Aggregate went to Jessica Davey of Saskatoon, Sask. 

The Canadian Angus Foundation also awards each of the top six intermediate aggregates with $500 Angus Roots Scholarships. In addition to Adams and Brandl, Lexi Dietrich, Callie Steen, Reese Wildman and Kylie Willms also received a scholarship.  

The herdsman competition is based on cattle display. Each stall area was judged throughout Showdown based on cleanliness, organization, clean and well-groomed animals, and teamwork. Kailey, Wynton and Landon Brandl of Jarvie, Alta., were the herdsman winners.

In the photography competition, Louis Latimer of Olds, Alta., won the junior division. Reserve champion was his sister Ella. The intermediate division champion was Kasey Adams from Forestburg, Alta., and reserve champion was Lauren White from Claresholm, Alta. In the senior division, Madison Sibbald of Cochrane, Alta., was selected champion and Brynne Yoder of Barrhead, Alta., was reserve champion. Jordie Bubba was the photography judge.

Those competing in the sales talk competition prepare a sales pitch and deliver it to a judge. This year’s topic was to sell genetics of choice to the judge. Juniors are judged on their professionalism, originality and marketing skills. The judge was Rafael Ramirez from Mexico.

The sales talk champion in the junior division was Karsen Van Sickle from Red Deer County, Alta., and reserve champion was Gus Reid from Moorefield, Ont. The intermediate division champion was Kasey Adams of Forestburg, Alta., and reserve champion was Kylie Willms of Dundurn, Sask. In the senior division, Kailey Brandl of Jarvie, Alta., was selected champion and Brynne Yoder of Barrhead, Alta., was selected reserve champion. 

In team grooming, the junior division champion team was Reed Howell of Penhold, Alta., and Ella Latimer of Olds, Alta. The reserve champion team was Kade Rancier from Killam, Alta., and Landon Brandl of Jarvie, Alta. The champion intermediate team was Callie Steen and Kylie Willms, both of Dundurn, Sask. The reserve intermediate team was Kasey Adams of Forestburg, Alta., and Lilly Howell of Penhold, Alta. In the senior division (ages 17-21), the champion team included sisters Halley and Keely Adams of Forestburg, Alta. The reserve team was another sister duo of Brynne and Tavianne Yoder of Barr-head, Alta. Chase Miller was the judge of the team grooming competition.

On the showmanship side, the junior champion was Kade Rancier from Killam, Alta., and reserve champion was Louis Latimer from Olds, Alta. Intermediate division champion went to Lexi Dietrich from Forestburg, Alta., and reserve champion was Wynton Brandl from Jarvie, Alta. In the senior division, Halley Adams was selected champion and Jed Curtis was reserve champion, both from Forestburg, Alta. Halley Adams took top honours as the supreme champion showman. The judge was Amanda Matthews.

Cook-off contestants were evaluated on their ability to work as a team to prepare a dish featuring Angus beef. Participants were provided, three steaks, a gas barbeque and utensils. Participants used their own spices and marinades as well as garnishes to present their dish. Points were awarded for the best dressed team, most original dish and best taste. Dishes were judged by Certified Angus Beef representative and chef Dean Fadden, business development specialist at Intercity Packers Meat and Seafood, and chef John Morris and Kevin Koe of Team Koe, national curling professionals.

Overall first place cook-off team was Team Classic Peyton and Sterling Christman of Okotoks, Alta., Faith Collins of Beaverlodge, Alta., Erika, Lexi and Logan Mathon of Red Deer County, Alta., and Liam and Michael Richards of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. 

The public speaking competition junior division champion was Scarlett Johnston of 150 Mile House, B.C. Reserve champion was Gus Reid of Moorefield, Ont. The intermediate division champion was Quinten Albrecht of Holden, Alta., and reserve champion was Reese Wildman of Sangudo, Alta. In the senior division, Carmen White of Claresholm, Alta., was selected champion and Tia Schram of Bruderheim, Alta., was reserve champion. Judges were William and Karen McLaren of the U.K. 

Youth participating in the literature competition composed a poem, essay, story or other type of literature with an agriculture theme. This year’s competition was judged by Joe Barnett. In the junior division, the champion was Peyton Christman of Okotoks, Alta., and reserve champion was Scarlett Johnston of 150 Mile House, B.C. Intermediate division champion is Grace Glover of Boissevain, Man., and reserve champion was Kasey Adams of Forestburg, Alta. In the senior division, Jessica Davey of Saskatoon, Sask., was selected champion and Tia Schram of Bruderheim, Alta., as reserve champion. 

In the graphic design competition, the junior division champion was Kade Rancier of Killam, Alta., and reserve was won by Landon Brandl of Jarvie, Alta. In the intermediate division the champion was Jake Curtis of Forestburg, Alta. and reserve champion was awarded to Wynton Brandl of Jarvie, Alta. In the senior division, Jessica Davey of Saskatoon, Sask., was awarded champion and reserve champion went to Halley Adams of Forestburg, Alta. This year’s judges were Jaelayne Jacobs and Dakota Hunker.  

Last, the farm sign competition junior champion was Ella Latimer of Olds, Alta., and reserve champion was Reed Howell of Penhold, Alta. The intermediate division champion was Kate Albrecht of Holden, Alta., and Wynton Brandl of Jarvie, Alta., won reserve champion. Champion in the senior division was awarded to Shae Wasyliw of High River, Alta., and reserve champion was Robert Geis of Barrhead, Alta. This year’s judge was Mark Holowaychuk.

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National account manager

Mike Millar

As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.

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