Jared Farley of Waitsburg, Wash. won top honors when his black-hided crossbred steer was selected as champion steer during the Third Annual Desert Classic Jackpot Steer and Heifer Show. The Umatilla County Cattlemen’s Association has announced the results of the show, which was held July 7 at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds in Hermiston.

Other winners selected by show judge Ray Baker of Hermiston included another black-hided crossbred steer exhibited by Payton Hoyt Ruberti of Ontario as the reserve champion steer. Also placing in the money in the steer show was Patrick Linnell of Hermiston, third place steer; Blake Betz of Hermiston, fourth place steer; and Tatiana Taylor of Goldendale, Wash. with the fifth place steer.

In the heifer show, the first place female went to Linnell, with his February 2011 Red Angus heifer 6R Cameo 103Y, sired by LCB Hoss A444N. The second place heifer was OCR Pride 145, a December 2011 Angus heifer sired by OCR Upward 03 exhibited by Betz of Hermiston. An April 2011 Chimaine heifer exhibited by Shelby Swindlehurst of Paulina was the third place heifer.

In the showmanship contest, champion junior showman, receiving a Desert Classic belt buckle was Ethan Hobson of Hermiston. The reserve champion junior showman was Drew Farley of Waitsburg. In the intermediate age division, Swindlehurst received a Desert Classic belt buckle as the champion intermediate showman. Reserve champion intermediate showman was Jacy Wells of Milton-Freewater. In the senior age division, Ruberti was selected as champion senior showman and received a Desert Classic belt buckle. Taylor was the reserve champion senior showman.

The show included 31 4-H and FFA age youth from Umatilla, Morrow, Sherman, Crook and Malheur counties in Oregon and Benton and Walla Walla counties of Washington.

The level of participation and the quality of the livestock and exhibitors for the Desert Classic exceeded the expectations of show management, said Marie Linnell, show superintendent. 

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