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Kottkamp Wins Senior Showmanship at 2023 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo

July 13, 2023

MADISON, Wis. — Dylan Kottkamp, Clayton, Ind., was named champion senior showman at the 2023 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), “Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash,” on July 11, in Madison, Wis. Presley Ramey, Caldwell, Idaho, received the reserve champion title. Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University, Dunlap, Iowa, sponsored the showmanship contest. 

After sorting through the 131 senior showman, the top 10 individuals were selected to compete in the showmanship finals, which included a fitting contest. 

The top ten senior showmen included: third place, Lauren Frederick, Hutchinson, Kan.; fourth place, Bryden Barber, Channing, Texas; fifth place, Andrew Meier, Clinton, Tenn.; sixth place, Tar Tut, Faribault, Minn.; seventh place, Chesney Effling, Highmore, S.D.; eighth place, Lauren Jones, Darlington, Wis.; ninth place, Salem Sifford, Goldvine, Va.; and 10th place, Foster Wingler, Christiana, Tenn.

Beau Ann Graves, Chillicothe, Mo., was named champion showman in the intermediate division, followed by reserve champion intermediate showman, Lydia Shaw, Caldwell, Idaho.

In the junior division, Blayklee Stelzer, Oologah, Okla., received the champion showman title. Chyloh Billman, Rigby, Idaho, took home reserve champion junior honors. 

Harper Starnes, Fort Payne, Ala., was selected as champion peewee showman. Blakely Storey, Stockton, Ill., was named the reserve champion peewee showman. 

Father and daughter duo Frank and Carlie Jackson, Mitchell, S.D., judged the senior and intermediate showmanship contests. They were joined by Kyle Lemmon, Manchester, Md., for the senior showmanship finals. Lemmon was recently named the 2023 Hereford Herdsman of the Year. Father and son duo, Gil and Corbin Cowles, Rockfield, Ky., evaluated the junior and peewee showmanship contests. 

Additional Results:


Third  place – Kade Boatman, Rockford, Ill.

Fourth place – Jordan Mitchem, Vale, N.C.

Fifth place – Jill Emerson, Prairie Grove, Ark.

Sixth place – Jase Beltz, Canton, Kan.

Seventh place – Madilyn Norvell, Tuttle, Okla.

Eighth place – Grady Creamer, Waxahachie, Texas

Ninth place – William Meinhardt, Onaga, Kan.

10th place – Mason Roeder, Seguin, Texas


Third place – Landon Deatsman, Leesburg, Ind.

Fourth place – Cruz Colyer, Bruneau, Idaho

Fifth place – Claire Collins, Frederick, Okla.

Sixth place – Vivian Lou Thompson, Troy, Ala.

Seventh place – Ella Bane, Towanda, Ill.

Eighth place – Paisley Miller, Bellville, Texas

Ninth place – Elayna Aue, Auburndale, Wis.

10th place – Bryce Brancel, Endeavor, Wis.


Third place – Saylor Norvell, Tuttle, Okla.

Fourth place – Ella Weldon, Piedmont, Okla.

Fifth place – Madelyn Grace Thompson, Amity, Mo.

Sixth place – Andrew Ray, Brooksville, Ky.

Seventh place – Laynee Greenwood, Alma, Kan.

Eighth place – Taos Heck, Ada, Okla.

Ninth place – Kendall Devine, Chickasha, Okla.

10th place – Connelly Ward, Oak Grove, Mo.


The 2023 VitaFerm®Junior National Hereford Expo, “Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash,” was sponsored in part by BioZyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is one of the most active junior programs in the country with more than 4,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit