Kasey and Abilene Gatson have been enjoying success in the show ring this summer. They have exhibited their Hampshire, Montadale and Southdown sheep at various county, district and national shows. At the All-American Jr. Show, held this year in Des Moines, Iowa, July 5-8,they joined over 335 exhibitors from 25 states showing 1761 head of sheep. Kasey had the Reserve Champion Montadale ewe and Abilene showed her Hampshire March ram lamb to fifth place.
Abilene earned third place in her age division in the skill-a-thon and the showmanship contests. Kasey won second in the judging contest. These and other promotional contests earned the exhibitors points and the top point getter from each breed wins a “Top Gun” belt buckle. Kasey was the 2012 Montadale Top Gun at the All-American.
Forty-four teams competed in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament this year. Each team is randomly made from the exhibitors that sign up to play and must consist of at least one player 12 years old or younger and one girl. Abilene’s team made it to the Final Four and then she subbed for the girl in the finals. Kasey’s team won the tournament when she hit a baseline jumper during sudden death overtime.
At the third annual Midwest Jr. Preview Show in Chillicothe, MO there were over 150 exhibitors showing not quite 400 head of breeding sheep. The newly established Board of Directors was introduced. The Board consists of youth who have stood out as leaders in the industry. Kasey is serving as the board’s first ever President and Abilene is serving a two year term as the Montadale director.
Other fairs they’ve exhibited at include Audrain, Boone, Lincoln, Monroe and Ralls County plus the North East Missouri (NEMO) district fair in Kirksville. At NEMO Kasey had the Supreme Flock on her Montadales and Abilene’s Hampshire yearling ewe was Supreme Champion ewe there as well as at Monroe County.
Abilene won showmanship at Audrain, Boone and Ralls Co in her age division. Kasey did the same at Audrain and Lincoln Co. Kasey’s Montadale ram lamb was Supreme Champion Ram at Boone Co., while Abilene’s Southdowns won the Supreme Champion Pen of 3 at Monroe County.
They will show in the FFA and Open shows at the Missouri State Fair later in August and plan on exhibiting at Bethel at the World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. in November.