Breeding rabbits grand, reserve champions

Breeding rabbits grand champion Brenna Smith, left, of Joshua FFA congratulates reserve champion Ethan Hemsath, right, of Friendship 4-H during the 82nd annual Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair on Tuesday. Also pictured is Saylor Kvalheim of Community 4-H.

Judging the rabbit show on Tuesday during the 82nd annual Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair was tough, but in the end the  grand and reserve champions won by a hare.

Judge Aspen Robert of San Angelo said across the board, all rabbits entered in either the breeding or market friar show had good meat on them.

“This show was bigger than I thought,” she said. “I was impressed with the quality that ya’ll had.”

In the breeding rabbits show, Brenna Smith of Joshua FFAwon grand champion, with Ethan Hemsath of Friendship 4-H winning reserve champion.

This is the third year for Smith to place grand for her breeding rabbits.

“I didn’t expect that to happen,” she said.

Smith said no matter what she places, she enjoys participating in the show.

“It’s good to meet all the people here,” she said. “The friendships you make are the best ones.”

Briley Smith of Burleson FFA spoke on behalf of Hemsath as he headed onto the market friar show.

“Their family has a pretty neat story,” she said. “Ethan’s mom and grandmother showed rabbits when they were younger. Now Ethan gets to experience it.”

In the market friar show, Cadyn Stroud of Friendship 4-H won grand champion, with Brenna Smith of Joshua FFA winning reserve champion.

Stroud was excited to show her family her earnings.

“Look at my buckle, Momma” she said. “Thank you, so much.”

Robert encouraged the top four to compete in other shows.

“These are phenomenal rabbits and if you don’t go to other shows — please do,” she said. “Your rabbits are good enough to go to Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston.”

Showmanship winners included Brenna Smith of Joshua FFA, who won champion senior showmanship, with Cierra Caughronof Burleson FFAwinning reserve champion senior showmanship.

Saylor Kvalheim of Community 4-H won champion intermediate showmanship, with Emily Skelton of Friendship 4-H winning reserve champion intermediate showmanship.

Ethan Hemsath of Friendship 4-H won champion junior showmanship, with Greenlee Stephens of Alvarado FFA winning reserve champion junior showmanship.

The 82nd Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair runs through today.

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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