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LaSalle boy takes second in class, makes sale in National Western market steer show

Samantha Fox
sfox@greeleytribune.com

— Of the 11 exhibitors and steers in the class, two remained separate from the rest.

After a second of pause, one of the judges pointed at Jacob Pfannebecker with two fingers — he was just named reserve champion in his class.

The 16-year-old from LaSalle has come close to reserve at the National Western Stock Show before — he took third the past two years. But Thursday he finally made sale.

"It's exciting because I've been short the last two years," he said.

To make reserve in his class, Pfannebeck qualified Thursday to sell his steer at the Junior Livestock Auction for the first time. That's the goal of anyone showing at the stock show, or any market show, for that matter. But with steers at National Western — with kids from across the country competing — it's even harder than at the Weld or Colorado State fairs.

That's why some compete at National Western. But for others like Julia Frye, 15, of Johnstown, it's for the joy of being in the arena with her cattle.

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"I love (National Western), I always have fun. I love cattle," she said before her class was in the arena.

Frye didn't place with her steer, Terminator Khalifa — as in Wiz, the rapper — but she said she knows how tough competition is.

With the competition, though, come memories and the experience of competing in the largest show in Colorado.

Alyssa DePorter, 18, had the grand champion steer in the Weld County Fair this past summer, and even with the high-level of competition at the fair, she didn't take the top spot in her class. But her feelings Thursday were less about how she did and more about this being her final time showing at National Western.

"It's my last year, so it's bittersweet," she said.

Part of that comes from the people she's been showing with for the past 10 years.

But if it's 10 years, like DePorter has, or just two, like Trey Huwa, 12, of Roggen, the people help make the experience.

"I like seeing everyone and my friends," Huwa said.

This was his second year showing at National Western in the steer show.

The people also contribute to what Pfannebeck enjoys about the show. Between him, his brother and two sisters, showing cattle is the main activity the whole family enjoys.

But after Thursday, Pfannebeck has major bragging rights. He didn't start working with his steer until June.

"It makes me proud with what I've got," he said.

Top place finishers

Grand Champion: Lillie Skiles, Dalhart, Texas

Reserve grand champion: Mikala Grady, Grandview, Texas

Class champions

Class — Champion / Reserve

1 — Addie Potts of Wichita Falls, Texas / Abby Bell of Bristow, Okla.

2 — Tristan Himes of Sterling City, Texas / Jami Hoblyn of York, Neb.

3 — Ansley Maronde of York , Neb. / Triniti Scott of Burlington

4 — Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas / Joe Herr of Fontanelle, Iowa

5 — Landri Chaplin of Weatherford, Okla. / Kassidy Bremer of Fullerton, Neb.

6 — Lillie Skiles of Dalhart, Texas / Mikala Grady of Grandview, Texas

7 — Seth Tucker of Lindsay, Okla. / Ema Richardson of Yuma

8 — Keaton Otto of Manning, Iowa / Addisyn Albers of Wisner, Neb.

9 — Kaden Wilson of Creston, Iowa / Jacob Pfannebecker of LaSalle

10 — Allee Maronde of York, Neb. / Charlee Jo Teague of Fort Morgan

Class act

Lillie Skiles of Dalhart, Texas, and Mikala Grady of Grandview, Texas, were named Grand and Reserve Champion, respectively. Both competed in the same class. The group they were in spent the most time in the arena as the competition between all of them was too close.

“This is the best class of steers from top to bottom,” one of the judges said of the class in which Skiles and Grady competed.

Junior livestock auction

The auction will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the National Western Complex. The auction will be broadcast on 9News.

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