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Zane White Holds On To Grand Champion Steer Trophy With Win At 2015 Owen Fair

by Travis Curry
SEW Editor

Wednesday’s grand champion steer, a 1,180-pound crossbred named Jimmy Chitwood was exhibited by Zane White, a second-year member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club. Zane is pictured above with, left to right: Owen County Fair Queen Second Runner-Up Anna Farmer, mom Afton Cooper (holding Rowan Cooper), dad Chad Cooper, Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer, and Owen County Fair Queen First Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality Emily Montenegro. (Staff Photo) Wednesday’s grand champion steer, a 1,180-pound crossbred named Jimmy Chitwood was exhibited by Zane White, a second-year member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club. Zane is pictured above with, left to right: Owen County Fair Queen Second Runner-Up Anna Farmer, mom Afton Cooper (holding Rowan Cooper), dad Chad Cooper, Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer, and Owen County Fair Queen First Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality Emily Montenegro. (Staff Photo) Second-year 4-Her Zane White joined elite company Wednesday, retaining the night’s coveted traveling trophy by claiming grand champion steer honors at the 2015 Owen County Fair.

After swooping in to earn the coveted title as a first-year 4-Her in 2014 with a picture-perfect 1,275-pound crossbred named Tonto, Zane again returned to the winner’s circle with a crossbred, this time a 1,180-pounder named Jimmy Chitwood, a nod to the fictional character in the now nearly 30-year-old sports film ‘Hoosiers’ which, as any red-blooded Indianian knows, was loosely based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 boys’ basketball state championship.


Nine-year-old Caleb Bixler earned grand champion heifer honors for 2015 with his Angus entry named Rosie. Caleb, a first-year member of the H-H-H-H 4-H Club and son of Matt and Jackie Bixler of Freedom, is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. (Staff Photo) Nine-year-old Caleb Bixler earned grand champion heifer honors for 2015 with his Angus entry named Rosie. Caleb, a first-year member of the H-H-H-H 4-H Club and son of Matt and Jackie Bixler of Freedom, is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. (Staff Photo) No stranger to the beef show spotlight, the 10-year-old son of Chad and Afton Cooper of Gosport and Dusty White topped a field of 24 entries to claim the grand championship.

Reserve grand champion steer honors went to a 1,115-pound crossbred named Buckwheat exhibited by 16-year-old Jace Truax, who returned to the winner’s circle after exhibiting the reserve grand champion in ‘14 and the overall grand champion at the ‘12 Owen County Fair. Jace is the son of John and Beth Truax of Spencer.


The top award in junior beef showmanship went to Katie Wood, 11, a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club and daughter of Andy and Jacci Wood of Coal City. (Staff Photo) The top award in junior beef showmanship went to Katie Wood, 11, a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club and daughter of Andy and Jacci Wood of Coal City. (Staff Photo) For the third straight year, 16-year-old Makayla Terrell, daughter of Duane and Patti Terrell and a member of the Goal Getters 4-H Club, walked away with another highly sought after honor – the top spot in the 2015 Owen County Born and Raised division. Her 1,285-pound Simmental caught the eye of the night’s judge, Brandon Bratcher, a Purdue University grad who along with his wife and three children owns and operates a diverse cattle operation in Elizabethtown, Indiana. The family’s farm consists of a small registered Angus herd, 250 commercial cows, and a small backgrounding operation.

Intermediate beef showmanship honors went to 10-year-old Zane White, a member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club and son of Chad and Afton Cooper of Gosport and Dusty White. (Staff Photo) Intermediate beef showmanship honors went to 10-year-old Zane White, a member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club and son of Chad and Afton Cooper of Gosport and Dusty White. (Staff Photo) Reserve grand champion in the Owen County class went to a 1,315-pound crossbred steer exhibited by 11-year-old Victoria Worland, daughter of Earl, Jr. and Amy Worland of Coal City and a member of the H-H-H-H 4-H Club.

As the damp afternoon gave way to clearer skies and cooler temperatures, another young 4-Her, nine-year-old Caleb Bixler, worked his way to the head of the pack in the heifer show. Caleb’s well-natured Angus named Rosie went on to claim top honors in the seven-heifer grand champion drive. A first-year member of the H-H-H-H 4-H Club, Caleb is the son of Matt and Jackie Bixler of Freedom.

A total of 23 animals were judged in the heifer competition, with the reserve grand champion nod for 2015 going to a 975-pound black and white crossbred named Beauty, shown by Jace Truax. Faye Duling, Jace’s grandmother, was listed as the breeder. The grandmother-grandson duo also teamed up to capture the grand champion and Owen County Born and Raised steer titles in 2012.


Senior beef showmanship honors went to Evan Wood, 18, a 10-year member of the Crazy Clovers and son of Shawn and Paula Wood of Bowling Green. (Staff Photo) Senior beef showmanship honors went to Evan Wood, 18, a 10-year member of the Crazy Clovers and son of Shawn and Paula Wood of Bowling Green. (Staff Photo) As a result of his reserve grand championship, Jace also captured grand champion honors in the Owen County Born and Raised heifer division for ‘15.

Reserve grand champion in the Owen County class went to a red and white Hereford exhibited by 15-year-old Kara Schafer, daughter of Ken and Rhonda Schafer of Spencer and a member of the Fantastic 4-Hers.

The night’s Rate-of-Gain steer championship went to Evan Wood, whose 1,245-pound crossbred gained an average of 3.1667 pounds per day. Reserve grand champion rate-of-gain went to a 1,295-pound Chianina shown by 17-year-old Holden Abrell, a ninth-year member of the Crazy Clovers 4-H Club and son of Adam and Cassie Abrell of Freedom. Holden’s entry had gained an average of 2.7667 pounds per day.

Advanced beef showmanship honors again went to Makayla Terrell, 16, a ninth-year member of the Goal Getters 4-H Club and daughter of Duane and Patti Terrell. (Staff Photo) Advanced beef showmanship honors again went to Makayla Terrell, 16, a ninth-year member of the Goal Getters 4-H Club and daughter of Duane and Patti Terrell. (Staff Photo) The final portion of the more than five-hour show, which ended shortly before 9:30 p.m., involved four classes of beef showmanship.

The winner in the junior division for 2015 was 11-year-old Katie Wood, a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club and daughter of Andy and Jacci Wood of Coal City.

Intermediate showmanship honors went to Zane White, a second-year member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club.

The top award in senior showmanship went to 18-year-old Evan Wood, a ten-year member of the Crazy Clovers 4-H Club and son of son of Shawn and Paula Wood of Bowling Green.


Sixteen-year-old Jace Truax captured reserve grand champion steer honors Wednesday night at the 2015 Owen County Fair for his 1,115-pound crossbred named Buckwheat. Jace is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. (Staff Photo) Sixteen-year-old Jace Truax captured reserve grand champion steer honors Wednesday night at the 2015 Owen County Fair for his 1,115-pound crossbred named Buckwheat. Jace is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. (Staff Photo) For the second consecutive year advanced beef showmanship honors went to Makayla Terrell, who bested a class of three knowledgeable and skilled competitors.

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Today, Friday, the 4-H judging schedule will be highlighted by the Round Robin Showmanship competition beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the covered show arena.

Other scheduled 4-H events include the annual Livestock Auction at 6:00 p.m.

The night’s featured main arena event, Quad Racers of Indiana, begins at eight o’clock or immediately following the 4-H Livestock Auction, weather permitting.

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Jace Truax, 16, earned reserve grand champion heifer honors Wednesday night at the 2015 Owen County Fair. Jace, son of John and Beth Truax of Spencer, is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. The reserve grand champion nod went to Beauty, a 975-pound crossbred bred by Jace’s grandmother, Faye Duling. (Staff Photos) Jace Truax, 16, earned reserve grand champion heifer honors Wednesday night at the 2015 Owen County Fair. Jace, son of John and Beth Truax of Spencer, is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. The reserve grand champion nod went to Beauty, a 975-pound crossbred bred by Jace’s grandmother, Faye Duling. (Staff Photos) Market Beef Show
Grand Champion Market
Beef - Ryan Scully
Reserve Grand Champion -
Makayla Terrell
Owen County Champion
Market Beef - MaKayla Terrell
Owen County Grand Champion Market Beef - Victoria Worland

Class 1
1. Kirsten Morris
Class 2
1. Lilly Hamm
2. Mary Sebastian
3. Mackenzie Rice
Class 3
1. Jake Chinn
2. Elijah Hinshaw
3. Victoria Worland
4. Kevin McBee
5. Quintin Rice
Class 4

Ryan Scully, a 2015 graduate of Owen Valley High School and son of Dave and Doris Scully of Spencer, earned grand champion market beef honors at the 2015 Owen County Fair. A member of the Fantastic 4-Hers, Ryan is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. (Staff Photo) Ryan Scully, a 2015 graduate of Owen Valley High School and son of Dave and Doris Scully of Spencer, earned grand champion market beef honors at the 2015 Owen County Fair. A member of the Fantastic 4-Hers, Ryan is pictured above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer. (Staff Photo) 1. Kara Schafer
2. Jace Truax
3. Nathaniel Worland
4. Victoria Worland
Class 5
1. Kara Schafer
2. Zane White
3. Mackenize Rice
4. Evan Wood
Class 6
1. Nathaniel Worland
2. Kate Wood
3. Evan Wood
4. Holden Abrell
5. Ryan Scully
Class 7
1. Makayla Terrell
2. Holden Abrell
3. Mary Sebastian
Class 8
1. Ryan Scully
2. Victoria Worland
3. Charley Truax


Anna Pettijohn, 14, of Gosport, exhibited Wednesday’s grand champion dairy cow, a Holstein. Anna, shown here with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer, is the daughter of Joe Pettijohn of Gosport and Lynn Pettijohn of Worthington. (Staff Photo) Anna Pettijohn, 14, of Gosport, exhibited Wednesday’s grand champion dairy cow, a Holstein. Anna, shown here with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer, is the daughter of Joe Pettijohn of Gosport and Lynn Pettijohn of Worthington. (Staff Photo) 4. Holden Abrell
Owen County Born & Raised
Market Beef Show
Class 1
1. Kirsten Morris
Class 2
1. Mary Sebastian
Class 3
1. Jake Chinn
2. Elijah Hinshaw
3. Victoria Worland
4. Quintin Rice
Class 4
1. Nathaniel Worland
2. Victoria Worland
Class 5
1. Kara Schafer
2. Mackenzie Rice
3. Evan Wood
Class 6
1. Evan Wood
2. Holden Abrell
Class 7

Reserve grand champion honors in Wednesday’s dairy show went to 14-year-old Emily Watson for her Holstein entry named Jeannette. Emily, shown above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer and grandfather Larry Watson, is the daughter of Steve and Carol Watson of Gosport. (Staff Photo) Reserve grand champion honors in Wednesday’s dairy show went to 14-year-old Emily Watson for her Holstein entry named Jeannette. Emily, shown above with 2015 Miss Owen County Fair Queen Morgan Schafer and grandfather Larry Watson, is the daughter of Steve and Carol Watson of Gosport. (Staff Photo) 1. Makayla Terrell
2. Holden Abrell
3. Mary Sebastian
Class 8
1. Victoria Worland
2. Charley Truax

OWEN COUNTY 2015 BEEF
HEIFER SHOW RESULTS
Angus Heifer
Angus Fall Calves
1. Caleb Bixler
Angus Late Spring Yearling Heifers
1. Evan Wood, OC
2. Evan Wood, OC
Angus Early Spring Yearling Heifers
1. Coleman Feltner, OC
2. Coleman Feltner, OC
Champion Angus Heifer - Caleb Bixler
Reserve Champion Angus Heifer - Coleman Feltner
OC Champion Angus Heifer - Coleman Feltner


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Charolais Heifers
1. Kirby Chesser
Champion Charolais Heifer -
Kirby Chesser


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Chiania Heifer
1. Makayla Terrell
Champion Chianina Heifer - Makayla Terrell


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Hereford Heifer
1. Kara Schafer, OC
2. Kate Wood
Champion Hereford Heifer -
Kara Schafer
Reserve Champion Hereford
- Kate Wood
OC Champion Hereford Heifer -
Kara Schafer


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Limousin Heifers
1. Skylar Giffel
Champion Limousin Heifer -
Skylar Giffel


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Maine Anjou Heifer
1. Makayla Terrell
Champion Maine Anjou Heifer - Makayla Terrell


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Cross Heifer Class 1
1. Jake Chinn OC
2. Lincoln Chesser OC
Cross Heifer Class 2
1. Jace Truax, OC
2. Mary Sebastian, OC
3. Lincoln Chesser, OC
Cross Heifer Class 3
1. Nathaniel Worland, OC
2. Elijah Hinshaw, OC
3. Victoria Worland, OC
4. Victoria Worland, OC
Cross Heifer Class 4
1. Mackenzie Rice, OC
2. Holden Abrell, OC
3. Holden Abrell, OC
Owen County & Champion
Crossbred Heifer - Jace Truax
Owen County & Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer -
Nathaniel Worland
Grand Champion Heifer - Caleb Bixler
Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - Jace Truax
OC Grand Champion Heifer -
Jace Truax
OC Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - Kara Schafer


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Cow Calf Class
1. Makayla Terrell
2. Lincoln Chesser
3. Elijah Hinshaw
Champion Cow Calf - Makayla Terrell
Reserve Champion Cow Calf
- Lincoln Chesser


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Intermediate dairy showmanship honors went to 13-year-old Kirby Chesser, a fifthyear member of the Goal Getters 4-H Club and son of Rob and Paula Chesser of Gosport. (Staff Photo) Intermediate dairy showmanship honors went to 13-year-old Kirby Chesser, a fifthyear member of the Goal Getters 4-H Club and son of Rob and Paula Chesser of Gosport. (Staff Photo) 
The top award in junior dairy showmanship went to Emma Mazur, 11, a member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club and daughter of Michael and Hilary Mazur of Gosport. (Staff Photo) The top award in junior dairy showmanship went to Emma Mazur, 11, a member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club and daughter of Michael and Hilary Mazur of Gosport. (Staff Photo) 
Dale Schilling of Boggstown, Indiana wrapped up his 56-year career as a dairy show judge Wednesday night at the Owen County Fair. Schilling, 79, said the return trip to Owen County was bittersweet, having judged his first-ever dairy show at the Owen County Fair in 1959. (Staff Photo) Dale Schilling of Boggstown, Indiana wrapped up his 56-year career as a dairy show judge Wednesday night at the Owen County Fair. Schilling, 79, said the return trip to Owen County was bittersweet, having judged his first-ever dairy show at the Owen County Fair in 1959. (Staff Photo) OWEN COUNTY
BEEF STEER SHOW
Chianina Ster
1. Ryan Scully
2. Holden Abrell
Champion Chianina Steer -
Ryan Scully
Reserve Champion Chianina
- Holden Abrell


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Dairy Feeder Steers
1. Kelci Wood OC
2. Kate Wood OC
3. Kirsten Morris OC
Owen County & Champion Dairy Feeder Steer - Kelci Wood
Owen County & Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder Steer - Kate Wood


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Dairy Steers
1. Cody Morris, OC
2. Anna Pettijohn
3. Ethan Minnick
Champion Dairy Steer - Cody Morris
Reserve Champion Dairy
Steer - Anna Pettijohn
OC Champion Dairy Steer - Cody Morris


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Hereford Steer
1. Jake Chinn, OC
2. Mackenzie Rice
3. Lilly Hamm
Champion Hereford Steer -
Jake Chinn
Reserve Champion Hereford Steer - Mackenzie Rice
OC Champion Hereford Steer - Jake Chinn


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Shorthorn Steer
1. Kara Shafer
Champion Shorthorn Steer -
Kara Schafer


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Simental Steer
1. Makayla Terrell, OC
OC Champion Simmental Steer - Makayla Terrell


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Cross Steer Class 1
1. Jace Truax


Advanced dairy showmanship honors went to Anna Pettijohn, 14, a member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club and daughter of Joe Pettijohn of Gosport and Lynn Pettijohn of Worthington. (Staff Photo) Advanced dairy showmanship honors went to Anna Pettijohn, 14, a member of the Harrison Hotshots 4-H Club and daughter of Joe Pettijohn of Gosport and Lynn Pettijohn of Worthington. (Staff Photo) 
Senior dairy showmanship honors went to Kaitlyn Farris, 14, a member of the H-H-H-H 4-H Club and daughter of Kevin Farris and Beth Wood. (Staff Photo) Senior dairy showmanship honors went to Kaitlyn Farris, 14, a member of the H-H-H-H 4-H Club and daughter of Kevin Farris and Beth Wood. (Staff Photo) 2. Kevin McBee
Cross Steer Class 2
1. Zane White
2. Bellamy Toth
3. Evan Wood, OC
Cross Steer Class 3
1. Nathaniel Worland
2. Ryan Scully
3. Evan Wood, OC
4. Mary Sebastian, OC
Cross Steer Class 4
1. Victoria Worland, OC
2. Charley Truax, OC
Champion Cross Steer - Zane
White
Reserve Champion Cross Steer - Jace Truax
OC Champion Steer - Victoria
Worland
OC Reserve Champion Steer -
Charley Truax
Grand Champion - Zane White
Reserve Grand Champion - Jace Truax
OC Grand Champion Steer Makayla Terrell
OC Reserve Grand Champion Steer - Victoria Worland


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SHOWMANSHIP
Junior Showmanship Champion - Kate Wood
Junior Showmanship Reserve Champion - Bellamy Toth

Intermediate Showmanship Champion - Zane White
Intermediate Showmanship Reserve Champion - Victoria Worland

Senior Showmanship Champion - Evan Wood
Senior Showmanship Reserve Champion - Mary Sebastian
Advanced Showmanship
Champion - Makayla Terrell
Advanced Showmanship Reserve Champion - Holden Abrell

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