By Cliff Munson, CEO
YREKA – The Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds hosted the 2023 Siskiyou Golden Jackpot Cattle Show and junior exhibitors from across the west came to Yreka to compete at the annual Mother’s Day weekend event.
The Mechanics Bank fitting contest started off the weekend with Tessa Strong & Zane Naphan winning the competition. The winning team received clipper bags from Sullivan Supply. The Golden jackpot started in 2010 and continues to be a well attended event. The early concept of the jackpot was on the belief of cattleman Tony Nicoletti that livestock kids need events where they can compete and build lifelong relationships with others in the industry. “Our jackpot show is one of the premier shows on the west coast,” stated CEO, Cliff Munson, “and it is our partners that keep it that way.”
Saturday morning, it was a pleasure to welcome Texas Tech Judging Team graduate, Tanner Barnes, Terre Haute, Indiana to evaluate the cattle and encourage our exhibitors. The steer show was very competitive with several steers showing up in Yreka with jackpot victories in other shows. Barnes sorted three steer divisions English, Black/Black Cross and All Other Colors with Everett Laustalot, Etna winning the English division, Hadley Harrison, Montague winning the All Other Colors Division and Kage Kennington winning the Black/BlackX division. Kennington was then awarded the overall champion steer and Harrison was reserve overall. The overall champion and reserve received the trophy knives for 2023.
Judge Barnes was impressed with the quality in the heifer show. The Hereford division champion was won by Hadley Harrison, Montague with sister Hanna Harrison as reserve. Laynie Wright won the AOB division and Ila Richardson was reserve. In the commercial female division Jayden Meyer was the winner with Tessa Strong as reserve.
The highly competitive heifer show culminated with Laynie Wright winning the championship knife and $1000.00 cash prize with his Charolais heifer. Reserve, winning the knife and $500.00 was the Hereford heifer shown by Hadley Harrison.
Showmanship winners were Zane Naphan for the 16 and older, Ila Richardson was the 13 -15 winner and Hadley Harrison won the 9-12 division. The overall buckle was won by Ila Richardson from Central Point, Oregon. In the Pee Wee division Paisley Burt, Grenada was the 2023 Champion.
In the local show on Mother’s Day, the Mother’s Day class was won by Janessa Parker, she took home the beautiful necklace and earring set donated by Wildwood Style &Co. The local steer show was won by Peyton Wood, Yreka and Nora Harris was reserve. The Heifer Champions were Peyton Parker with her Hereford Heifer and reserve was Lila Burt with a Simmental female. The 2023 Siskiyou Golden Jackpot was well attended and planning is underway for the 2024 event on Mother’s Day weekend.
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