The 25th annual Ellis County Youth Expo wrapped up the youth livestock showings with the steer competition Friday Night.
“Overall this has been a great show. We were down in the broilers but up in other animal classes. But overall, things have gone real well,” said Paige Bishop with the Ellis County Extension Office.
Following the pee wee showmanship, the steer competitors began entering the ring to close out the night. There were 52 entries divided into nine different classes.
Show Judge Ryan Rash began working through the breed classes. Beginning with the American breeds, Rash carefully judges each entry. The other classes shown were British and European.
Bailey Eubank began to work her way to the grand champion ship drive with her grand champion British steer. After describing the qualities of each of the breed grand winner, Rash walked over to shake the hand of Eubank as the overall Grand champion.
For the Italy FFA and Italy High school junior, this was a special win. This is the second consecutive year for Eubank to have the grand champion steer.
“I like the life experiences I’ve learned through showing. I’ve met many others who have become friends over the years,” Eubank said.
Eubank began showing as a pee wee. “Showing is very special to me. My dad and my aunt have shown since they were youth. As a family we take showing livestock very seriously,” Eubank said.
Eubank’s competitive spirit does end in the livestock ring. She is a member of the Italy Lady Gladiator volleyball and softball teams.
She is the daughter of Larry and Sandy Eubank of Italy.
Representing the Ellis County 4-H, Anna Arnold took home the reserve champion steer banner with her American entry. Anna is an eighth grade student at Ennis Junior High.
Winning the grand reserve in the American breeds earned Arnold a position in the final grand reserve drive.
“The competition between each of these breed reserve champions is so close, there is not one that sticks out; their all great quality show animals,” Rash said before giving the nod to Arnold.
Arnold is also no stranger to the show ring. She began showing when in the second grade. “I love working with the animals and meeting new people form the other clubs,”Arnold said.
Arnold is the daughter of Karen and Mark Arnold of Ennis.
Many of the livestock competitors came back to the show ring to compete in the showman competition.
“This is the toughest to judge for I’m not only judging an animal, I’m judging some mom’s, dad’s, aunt’s or grandparent’s child. This competition is to help to be better show people and present their animals better,” Rash said.
In the junior showman division, Rash named Cameron Luedtke of Midlothian FFA as the top showman.
The top senior showman was Tyler Woods of Ennis 4-H.