MADISON, Wis. — World Dairy Expo announced the addition of Fitting and Showmanship Achievement Awards and an Overall Fitter Award to its 2019 youth contests.

These new awards will be presented during the WDE Youth Showmanship Contest on Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Coliseum and the Youth Fitting Contest on Sunday, Sept. 29 in the Sale Pavilion, respectively.

To be recognized with a Fitting and Showmanship Achievement Award, youth competitors must be one of the top five finishers in their respective Youth Fitting Contest division and place in the top 15 of their age division in the Youth Showmanship Contest.

Meanwhile, the Overall Fitter Award pits the winners of each division against each other to determine the best youth dairy cattle fitter of the contest.

“We are excited to recognize youth participants on a global scale who have dedicated numerous hours to refining their fitting and showmanship skills. It is our hope that the new Fitting and Showmanship Achievement Awards will encourage youth to become well-rounded exhibitors while also increasing participation in both youth contests,” said Cassi Miller, WDE international and youth programs specialist.

Open to any young dairy enthusiast, ages 13 to 21 and 9 to 21, respectively, Expo Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contest participants are not required to exhibit in one of the WDE breed shows to qualify.

However, to be eligible, contestants must use an animal that will be shown or sold at the expo in 2019. Complete contest details and registration forms are available in the expo premium book or on the WDE website.

Judging the 2019 WDE Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contests are:

  • Youth Fitting Contest — Adam Hunt, genetic consultant with Select Sires Genervations, Ecginburg, Ontario, Canada.
  • Youth Showmanship Contest Junior Division — Nate Oleniacz, dairy focused consultant at Cargill Animal Nutrition, New Oxford, Pa.
  • Youth Showmanship Contest Intermediate Division — Brian Coyne, business analyst, Select Sires Inc., Hilliard, Ohio.
  • Youth Showmanship Contest Senior Division — Daniel Bauer, URUS, product development analyst, Lake Mills, Wis.

Dairy judges from around the globe also are invited to participate in the second annual Showmanship Judges Clinic on Monday, Sept. 30 in the Coliseum.

The clinic will begin at 2 p.m. with introductory showmanship guidelines. At 2:30 p.m., it will progress to an advanced session, which will include examples of how to efficiently work a showmanship class, terminology and mock classes to place.

To participate in this free clinic, individuals are required to register on the WDE website.

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of more than 65,000 people, from nearly 100 countries, will return to Madison for the 53rd annual event Oct. 1-5, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display.

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