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Moore named Grand Showman of 2007 Clay County 4-H Fair

Friday, July 27, 2007

Johanna Moore (center)_was named the 2007 Clay County 4-H_Fair Grand Showman at the Round Robin Showmanship contest Thursday evening. Moore is flanked by (left) 2007 Princess Caroline Beyers and 2007 Queen Rebecca Seymour.
It's safe to say that Johanna Moore is a fast learner.

The 18-year-old Brazil native proved that Thursday evening at the Clay County 4-H Fair after winning the Round Robin Champion Showmanship contest.

Moore had only two days to practice showing five different animals. In her 10 years of 4-H experience, she has only shown goats.

Still, she managed to out-duel her competitors in the contest.

"Since I only show goats, I didn't have the experience of some of the other members," Moore said, all the while displaying her shock after winning.

"But I went to an individual member from each species and asked for their help (prior to the contest)."

Moore competed against Kaylee Miller -- who represented the Dairy Barn -- in addition to horse representative Chelsee Gerber, beef representative Alison Rash, swine representative Allison Miller and sheep representative Abby Sweet.

The six competitors faced each other after being declared Champion of Champions in Showmanship in each of their respective categories. However, Kaylee Miller won Champion of Champion in both dairy and swine, but chose to compete Thursday as a representative of dairy.

The competitors were judged on how they presented the animals in addition to how they handled the animals. As well, judges asked questions to the competitors during the contest

"It was a very close competition," said contest coordinator Dianna Knox, "in several ways until the final species."

The final species that was shown Thursday was sheep.

Horses led off the contest before competitors had to show beef, followed by dairy, swine and goats.

Moore said the event was physically and mentally exhausting.

She added that beef and swine were the most difficult animals to show.

"With the pigs, I feel like I have no control," she said.

"And (beef cattle), they're just so strong."

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