Prize winning cows!

Ian Jackson won Grand Champion in the Steer Market show and the Senior Showmanship Thursday, Aug. 6, during the Fair Beef Market and Beef Showmanship show. Photo by Rebecca Copley

MONTE VISTA – The morning of Thursday, Aug. 6, the last show for this year’s 4-H Fair was held. This year’s Beef Market and Beef Showmanship show featured several competitions with Grand Champion and Reserve Champion being selected in each group. Among the day’s winners was Ian Jackson and his Here I Am cow. Jackson was able to land Grand Champion for both the steer market show, and the Senior Showmanship. Jackson who also shows lambs was named Grand Champion for market and reserve showman on Tuesday during the lamb show.


Jackson who started showing at the fair when he was eight years-old has participated every year for the last 10 years. This being his last year in 4-H which ended well for him as he took four belt buckles home from all his competitions at this year’s fair. Jackson who is from Alamosa and a part of the Purple Circle 4-H Club has been working with his prize winning cow since October. When asked how it felt to win today Jackson answered saying, “It feels great. I’ve been with him every day this summer since May and the hard work has definitely payed off.”


Claire Reynolds from Sanford is in her first year of 4-H competitions and was another winner from the morning’s event. Reynolds took home reserve champion overall in the Bred and Fed division and reserve champion in the Junior Showmanship.


When asked how long it took Reynolds to get her prize winning cow named “Hello,” in such good condition Reynolds answered saying, “He was actually pretty good when we started.” Reynolds has been working with the Limousin cow since she got him November.


Brevan Cary from Sanford was another champion from the day. Cary won Grand Champion for the Bred and Fed division and has been a part of the S Mountain Crew 4-H Club for one year. Cary said it felt good to win Grand Champion and bring home his hard earned belt buckle and purple ribbon. Cary’s cow that he showed was crossbred between the Lim-Flex and Man Among Boys breeds. “Been washing her, working with her hooves, petting her, feeding her. Just getting used to her,” said Cary when asked how he had been preparing for Thursday’s show.


Cary also participated in a virtual show this June from Boulder County called “JackPot.” Cary won for his class showing the same cow in that show. 

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