Best of the West – Champions Named at Western States National Hereford Show
December 4, 2018
RENO, Nev. – Hereford exhibitors took a gamble to see if they could win the title of grand champion Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 in Reno, Nev. A total of 234 Herefords were exhibited throughout the two-day event.
Judge Brandon Callis, Minco, Okla. evaluated the open bull show on Nov. 30, and the open female show on Dec. 1.
Grand champion horned bull, BR Belle Air E133 ET first won the horned senior bull calf division. Owned by Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas, Belle Air is a Nov. 30, 2017, son of BR Belle Air 6011. The reserve grand champion horned bull and spring bull calf champion titles went to TKC Casacade 8048 ET, owned by Tyler and Kathryn Coleman, Modesto, Calif. He is a March 17, 2018, son of UPS Sensation 2296 ET.
Winning grand champion polled bull and yearling champion bull was Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla., Williams Hilltop Farms, Rushford, Minn., and Ward Ranch, Edmond, Okla., with H Deberard 7454 ET. He is a March 14, 2017, son of UPS Sensation 2296 ET. Reserve grand champion polled bull and reserve champion yearling bull honors went to his full brother, H Montgomery 7437 ET, a March 11, 2017, bull owned by Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., JB Show Cattle, Refugio, Texas, and Carlisle and Madeline Braman, Refugio, Texas.
Saturday in the female show, grand champion polled female and champion senior heifer calf honors went to Hardy Malcolm Edwards IV, Winterville, GA, with H JB Two Timin Camey 175 ET. She is a Sept. 16, 2017, daughter of TFR KU Roll the Dice 1326. Vada and Hans Vickland, Longmont, Colo., claimed the reserve grand champion polled female and champion spring heifer calf title with LAR Annsley 843F ET. She is an April 2, 2018, daughter of UPS Sensation 2296 ET.
Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., Rocking G Land & Cattle Co. LTD., Gull Lake Saskatchewan, Kemp Family Livestock, Ontario, and Lexie Girodat, Gull Lake, Alberta, exhibited the grand champion horned female, RG 551 Pixie ET 707E ET. The Jan. 13, 2017, daughter of H WR Sustainable 5511 ET first claimed champion horned junior yearling female. Carly Wheeler, Paso Robles, Calif., won the reserve grand champion horned female and champion spring heifer calf banner with CBW Carla 809. She is a March 15, 2018, daughter of UPS Sensation 2296 ET.
Best six head were exhibited by Fallon Gohr, Madras, Ore. Gohr also exhibited the champion get-of-sire with a group sired by Gohr Thrill Ride 4105.
At the conclusion of the show, Fallon Gohr, Madras, Ore., was named polled premier exhibitor. Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, was named horned premier exhibitor. Piper Colyer, Bruneau, Idaho, was named polled premier breeder and Lindsey & Andrew Eldred, Bellingham, Wa., was named horned premier breeder.
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