Junior National Hereford Expo

The VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) provides an opportunity for competition of junior members and their cattle projects, along with plenty of events for the entire family.

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Upcoming JHNE’s

2024 JNHE

Grand Island, Nebraska
July 6-12, 2024

2025 JNHE

Louisville, Ky.
July 12-18, 2025

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2024 Lodging Information

Hotel Information

Boarders Inn & Suites
For reservations contact the hotel directly at:
and reference the Junior National Hereford Expo
Group Rate – $129

Camping Information

Fonner Park
700 E Stolley Park Rd.
Grand Island, NE 68801
308-382-4515 ext 213                 

2024 JNHE Schedule

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2024 JNHE Judges

The National Junior hereford Association (NJHA) Board of Directors takes great pride in the caliber of judges selected to sift the prestigious JNHE each summer.

NJHA Board of Directors Candidates

Mckee, Ky.

Emma Ballinger

Emma Ballinger, Mckee, Ky., is the 19-year-old daughter of James and Carrie Baillinger, and a sophomore at The University of Kentucky, where she is majoring in marketing and community and leadership development. Ballinger has found success both inside and outside the showring, serving as the Kentucky FFA State Secretary, Kentucky Junior Hereford Association Vice President and also being selected as a University of Kentucky Singletary Scholar. If elected, Ballinger plans to use her role as a National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) director to encourage participation, enhance educational opportunities and foster leadership. “My goal as a NJHA director is to encourage participation, enhance educational opportunities and foster leadership and community service. By working together, we can create an environment where every member feels valued and empowered to achieve their full potential.”

North Platte, Neb.

Matt Bruns

Matt Bruns, North Platte, Neb., is the 20-year-old son of Kelly and Stacie Bruns. A junior at Kansas State University (K-state), he is majoring in animal science with plans to pursue a career in marketing services and become an auctioneer. An active member of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) and the Nebraska Junior Hereford Association, he has attended conferences and participated heavily in the NJHA Fed Steer Shootout contest. At K-State, he sits on the Premier Farm Credit Student Board, and is a member of the livestock judging team and the Aggies Club. In running for the NJHA board, Bruns explains, “Being an active and dedicated board member is important for me. Being a positive influence on  younger members and serving as a role model  is the most important part of being a  director for the NJHA. It is my aspiration to serve the association and its members as others have  done before me.”

Only, Tenn.

Sarah Beth Callicott

Sarah Beth Callicott, Only, Tenn., is the 20-year-old daughter of Claude Callicott, and a sophomore at Tennessee Tech University, where she is majoring in agricultural education. Following college, she plans to teach agriculture at the high school level. She wants to establish a showing team at her future FFA program that focuses on growing leadership and hands-on skills. Callicott also plans to continue growing her own Hereford herd and advance her herd’s genetics. Her involvement in the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) has led her to campaign for the NJHA board of directors. “We have an opportunity to develop the future decision makers of the Hereford breed. By ensuring that they are well equipped to advance this organization, we are ensuring that the Hereford Breed continues to excel,” Callicott says. “I not only want to help serve and advance this organization but it is also very vital to me that I help junior members grow individually.”

Maple Hill, Kan.

Jalyn Davis

Jalyn Davis, Maple Hill, Kan., is the 19-year-old daughter of Danny and Amanda Davis. Davis is a 13-year member of the Kansas Junior Hereford Association and is an agricultural business student at Butler Community College. After graduation, she plans to attend  a university to obtain an agricultural communications degree. Davis  has been an active member of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA), attending the Faces of Leadership conference, the BOLD leadership conference and being first runner-up in the National Hereford Queen contest. As a candidate for the NJHA board of directors she says, “Our junior board and youth directors have created so many dynamic and different opportunities for Hereford youth that other breeds now take after us. I would love to be able to continue to grow this breed as a board member by sharing my ideas, building off of what exists and improving areas that need a refresh.”

Blue Rapids, Kan.

Dustin Denton

Dustin Denton, Blue Rapids, Kan., is the 18-year-old son of Angie and John Denton. He recently finished his senior year in high school and plans to attend Kansas State University, majoring in animal science, with hopes of applying for early admission to veterinary school. Within the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) he has competed both in and outside of the showring at the state and national level. He has also been active in various mentoring, NJHA networking and membership engagement activities, including Hereford Homeroom and Bridging the Gap. All motivated him to run for the NJHA board of directors. “I believe that it is important for directors to have a relationship with the entire membership, and that it is their responsibility to make sure kids are having fun and creating bonds with other members,” Denton says. “Just like my best memories were made while spending time with my Hereford friends, I want other kids to feel the same way. As a director I want to help kids play their cards right and make new friends.”

Avilla, Ind.

Sage Lawrence

Sage Lawrence, Avilla, Ind., is the 19-year-old daughter of Scott and Susan Lawrence, and is a sophomore at Northern Oklahoma College where she is majoring in animal science. After college, Sage plans to pursue a career in embryology. She is an accomplished leader, serving as a state junior director, media relations chair and senior director for the Indiana Junior Hereford Association. She has also been a mentor to mini-4-H members  and members of the Indiana Junior Hereford Association, assisting them with showmanship, industry-related queries and involvement in the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA). As a candidate for the NJHA board of directors, Lawrence says, “I want to leave the next generation with a dream and the drive to achieve anything they desire. These kids I have had the privilege to inspire have inspired me to continue to work to leave a perennial impact on others. I would be honored to advise and encourage junior members the way so many in the Hereford breed have done for me.”

Onaga, Kan.

Rylie Meinhardt

Rylie Meinhardt, Onaga, Kan., is the 18-year-old daughter of Bryndon and Julie Meinhardt. A current freshman at Kansas State University, she is majoring in animal sciences and industry with a communications option. Her roles in the Kansas Junior Hereford Association include serving as the junior board vice-president and secretary. She is hopeful these experiences and the skills they helped hone will serve her in becoming a member of  the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors. “As I continue to write my story, I aspire to include a chapter as a NJHA director. In this role, I recognize the importance of sharing my authentic self and skills to benefit the board,” Meinhardt says.

Zurich, Kan.

Cady Pieper

Cady Pieper, Zurich, Kan., is the 20-year-old daughter of David and Dana Pieper. A junior at Kansas State University, she is majoring in agriculture communications and journalism with plans to expand her photography business, CW Imagery, as she continues to grow and improve her cow herd. As a member of the  National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA), she has attended the BOLD leadership conference, Faces of Leadership conference and is active in the Pen to Pen program. “Everyone’s legacy is different, and we all have different stories. I aim to encourage juniors not to continue a legacy but instead create their own,” Cady says. “I am backed by a long line of Hereford breeders and cattlemen who have left their legacy behind for me to continue. I want to not only continue their legacy but create my own for the next generation to do the same.”

Moriarty, N.M.

Cash Spindle

Cash Spindle, Moriarty, N.M., is the 19-year-old son of Tom and Becky Spindle. He is  a sophomore at Fort Scott Community College, majoring in agriculture business. Following his college education, Spindle wants to return to the family operation and continue improving it for generations to come. He was actively  involved in the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) from an early age , and has attended six Junior National Hereford Expo’s, the BOLD leadership conference and the Faces of Leadership conference. “My three passions are raising and showing Hereford cattle, fitting cattle and livestock judging,” Spindle says. “More importantly, I want to leave the world better than I found it, by inspiring those around me, just how I was inspired by those in the maroon jackets.”

Clinton, Ill.

Denton Stapleton

Denton Stapleton, Clinton, Ill., is the 20-year-old son of Travis and Joni Stapleton. He is currently a sophomore at Richland Community College, majoring in agriculture communications and marketing with career goals of working in agriculture social media positioning, advertising and marketing livestock sales. With his service dog, Stapleton has been active in volunteering and giving back to PAWS Giving Independence. WIthin the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Stapleton has attended Faces of Leadership for two years as well as the BOLD leadership conference. “I am driven to empower others to embrace inclusion and create a meaningful experience that goes beyond the showring. To be honest, I will do this with or without a maroon jacket,” Stapleton says. “However, having the opportunity and the platform of wearing a maroon jacket, I feel I would be able to reach more people and bring a new perspective to the junior board.”

Plymouth, Calif.

Teagan Wunschel

Teagan Wunschel, Plymouth, Calif., is the 18-year-old daughter of Michael and Brooke Wunschel. She will be a freshman at Chico State University this fall, majoring in animal science, food animal production with a minor in agriculture business and communications. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she plans to pursue a master’s degree and have a career as an embryologist. Wunschel has led the California/Nevada Junior Hereford Association in multiple leadership roles, including serving as the state president and vice-president. She has also attended the BOLD leadership conference, National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Fed Steer Shootout Field Day and more. As a candidate for the NJHA board of directors Wunchsel says, “In serving as a member of the NJHA board of directors, it is my hope to continue that feeling of family and inclusiveness for our members as I seek to spark an increased level of interest in our association, light a passion for the Hereford breed and help to fuel the aspirations of our association’s future leaders.”

Contests and Education

The National Junior Hereford Association’s (NJHA) mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the Hereford breed while providing opportunities through education and teamwork, thus ensuring a brighter future for youth and the cattle industry.



CHB Cooking Challenge

Advanced Speech

Future Professionals

Hereford Bowl

Illustrated Speech

Individual Sales

Sales Academy

Judging Contest

Photo Contest

Poster Contest


Team Fitting



The NJHA is an organization devoted to the development of outstanding leadership potential and motivation to seek advanced education. Striving to provide the foundation upon which interested youth can build their future in the agriculture industry, the NJHA offers various awards to its membership.

Exhibitor Resources

State Delegate Guidelines

Member Meeting RSVP

Corn Hole for a Cause

Bridging the Gap RSVP

2024 JNHE Rules & Regulations

2024 Health Requirements

Advisor Resources

State Voting Delegate

State Groups Sign Up

Outstanding Junior Member

NJHA Candidate State Nomination

Team Fitting Contest

Hereford Bowl Contest

2024 JNHE Rules & Regulations

2024 Health Requirements

JNHE Sponsorship Opportunities

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Trade Show Vendor Application

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JNHE Show Program and Results

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Cattle and Contest Results

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Contest & Awards Results