Champion in girl’s eyes named stock show winner

All the cold morning feedings, all the rope burns on newly calloused hands, all the emotional attachment that is inevitably forged between animal and cowgirl — it all was worth the effort for Morgan Young when her steer, Buddy, was named Reserve Grand Champion at the National Western Stock Show n Denver this past weekend.

Young was named Grand Champion Showman, and she placed third in sponsor relations, fourth in record bookkeeping and fifth in production, which is the measure of how much weight the animal gained in a year. Buddy weighed in at 1,319 pounds.

“I was only beat by one point on my record book,” Young said.

Young is a member of the Loma Country 4-H Club and a student at Fruita Monument High School who participated in the Catch-A-Calf Contest last year at the stock show, which won her a chance to raise a market steer for this year’s show. In the meantime, she won a blue ribbon with Buddy at the Mesa County Fair last July.

Buddy was left in care of the stock show, but Young will return to sell her calf at the Junior Division National Western Stock Show Auction on Jan. 21. The auction will be broadcast live on KUSA-TV, Channel 9 in Denver.

Young expects that Buddy will sell for $3,000 to $4,000. She will receive 20 percent of sale price. The rest of the money will go toward costs of the Catch-A-Calf program.

Parting with Buddy was sad, Young said. “It was very hard for me because I wanted to take care of him and I didn’t want to leave him with people I didn’t know,” she said.

The Catch-A-Calf program has given nearly 3,000 steers for 4-Hers to raise in the past 70 years.


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