Brecken Shipman of Grandview 4-H was all smiles Wednesday night when he was named grand champion for his heifer during the 82nd annual Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair.

Shipman won grand champion for his heifer in 2017 and has also placed in top spots for other animals in the Johnson County show, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and the Texas State Fair.

He said he loves having the opportunity to compete amongst his friends in Johnson County.

“My favorite part is going in the ring, looking at the judge and not knowing what is going to happen,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

The judge — Joel Judge of Whitesboro — said when it came down to the top two of the night, the heifers he chose were impeccable.

“As far as skills out here, these cattle never looked wrong, they never looked bad,” he said. “These kids did such a great job.”

Reserve champion heifer was claimed by Makayla Luckie of Lillian 4-H.

Luckie returned to show her heifer at the Johnson County show on Wednesday after missing several years, but has placed high at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the meantime.

“It feels good to be back,” she said. “It is more laid back here — it’s easier than the majors.”

Picking the top two of about 50 heifers shown on Wednesday was not an easy task for judge. 

“These have been an outstanding set of heifers all day long and a really nice set of kids,” he said. “Everyone did a tremendous job.”

Showmanship awards were presented to:

• Senior Champion Justin Rasco of Burleson FFA.

• Senior Reserve Champion Hayden Tucker of Godley FFA.

• Intermediate Champion Makayla Luckie of Lillian 4-H.

• Intermediate Reserve Champion Callie Welty of Friendship 4-H.

• Junior Champion Anabelle Groom of Godley FFA.

• Junior Reserve Champion Bella Parker of Godley FFA.

Top market animals will be sold at the premium sale of champions at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.

Exhibitors retain possession of their entries after the sale so they can campaign in other shows across Texas over the next few months.

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Luckie returns to Johnson County for reserve title

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