The Henry/Stark Counties 4-H Livestock judging team competed in and won the American Royal livestock judging contest in Kansas City, MO on October 27. They earned the right to represent Illinois at the American Royal by winning the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in June. Members of the team include: James Dobbels, of Cambridge, a member of the Loraine 4-H Cruisers Club; Lucas Wisnefski, of Wyoming, member of the Stark County Century Clovers; Jacob Dobbels, of Cambridge, member of Loraine 4-H Cruisers; Adam Gradert, of Geneseo, member of the Geneseo Jr Leaders. The team was coached by Lee Denzer, Dan Hoge and Tyler Gradert.
Lucas Wisnefski and Adam Gradert also earned spots on Illinois’ State 4-H Livestock Judging Team. They have been practicing with this team all fall and will be competing at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville at the end of the month.
Here’s what the members of the team had to say about their experience at the American Royal:
James Dobbels: I thought going in that our team was well-prepared. The classes they offered were very nice, and after the contest we knew we’d had a good day. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and one I don’t think any of us will soon forget.
Lucas Wisnefski: The contest was amazing and I was very glad for the opportunity to compete!
Jacob Dobbels: It was a big honor being able to represent Henry/Stark and the State of Illinois at the American Royal. The livestock quality was good and the whole event was a great learning experience.
Adam Gradert: It was an awesome experience. A lot of fun to compete, even more fun to win.
Lee Denzer: The American Royal was a great event. The four young men who represented Henry/Stark are great students of livestock judging. They worked extremely hard in practice and in contests the last few years. They all achieved great success showing livestock as well as judging. What a great honor to turn those years of hard-work into success at such a prestigious event.
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