We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the PNW Regional Miniature Hereford Show held in Salem, Oregon. The days were nice and warm with pleasantly cool evenings for our 13th annual show. This year we started our week with move-in on Monday, August 27, followed by Weights and Measures on Tuesday morning. Our tradition of coffee, juice and doughnuts continued each morning and was sponsored by Allen Family Farms, Silver Peaks Farm, and DuVal Farms.
This year the PNW Regional show sponsored a new event open for every breed in the Open Beef Barn to participate in…Cow Olympics. This event was open to anyone ages 6 thru “too old to ask” who had an animal and was willing to run through the timed obstacle course. Twenty-five individuals participated in four divisions with Miniature Herefords, Shorthorns, and Shorthorn Plus being represented. Everyone had so much fun and we drew quite the crowd of spectators. This new event was even reported in the local newspaper in a half page article–way to go Miniature Hereford Breeders, oh, and of course the Mini’s won in three of the four divisions, they may be small, but they are quick. We ended Tuesday evening with our annual no-host Breeders dinner where everyone had the opportunity to catch up and visit with old friends and meet the new breeders who attended.
Wednesdays are usually a day of rest and a time to speak with all the public, but not this year. This year we had our first Mini Hereford Costume Contest. We had ten entrants with a variety of costumes ranging from a Hula Heifer, Sheriff Nate, a Lion, an Angel, a soccer coach, a Ballerina, and even the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Dorothy. The competition was held at the Livestock Showcase Stage where the general public was the judges. After leading these little cuties around the stage showing off their wonderful costumes the votes were cast with the Ballerina winning. What a wonderful experience for both the youth competing as well the public who participated in the judging.
The Open show started at 10am on Thursday, August 30, with the Junior Showmanship competition following. We had 15 participants in the Junior Showmanship, ranging from ages 4 to 18, competing in four separate age brackets; our winners are Jake Allen in the Peewee division, Emma Eldridge as a Junior, Jesse Potter in the Intermediate, and our Senior division winner, Lauren Uhde. Emma received the Overall Grand Champion Showman award–Congratulations! After the completion of the show and photographs, our exhibitors gathered for an End of the Trail Luncheon featuring sub-sandwiches, awarding Open show and Junior showmanship prizes, and announcing the results of our silent auction, the proceeds of which contribute to the Junior and Open shows.
I would also like to recognize our 2012 PNW Regional show sponsors: Platinum Sponsors: MHBA and DuVal Farms. Gold Sponsors: Abiqua Animal Clinic, Allen Family Farms, Central Oregon Ranch Supply, LE&J Cattle Service, PJ Ranch LLC, Silver Peaks Farm, Straitside Ranch, Sweet Sippin Acres, VSI, and Wooden Nichol Ranch. Silver Sponsors: Cornerstone Acres and D&A Miniature Herefords. Bronze Sponsors: Blue Raeven Farms Inc, Dawson Cattle Company, and Half-Pint Herefords.
The PNW Regional show is an excellent exhibition for anyone wanting to experience a friendly show atmosphere with plenty of marketing opportunities to the public. I highly encourage everyone to come to the OSF next year for a truly wonderful show!