“The Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation, Inc. was established to promote youth involvement in the breeding, management, showing, and marketing of Miniature Hereford Cattle through developing leadership skills and educational programs, encouraging personal growth, as well as providing a pathway towards attaining grants to continue to promote miniature Hereford breeding programs and awarding scholarships.”
Denver Stock Show 2011 was an exciting time! Especially for the newly formed Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation and the awarding of the first two John Johnson Memorial Scholarships.
Mr Johnson and his wife, Betty, were the original breeders of polled miniature herefords at Straitside Ranch in Sequim, Washington. He was a lontime friend and supporter of the miniature hereford breed and encouraged youth in their participation with the breed. DuVal Farms in Silverton, Oregon generously donated their prize winning heifer, DF Aurora Borealis, to fund this scholarship in honor of John Johnson, who passed away last year.
DF Aurora Borealis was Grand Champion Female at the Oregon State Fair, Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) in Montana, and at the Grand National Stock Show (Cow Palace) in California as well as Champion Summer Intermediate Heifer at the NWSS. She sold at the Denver sale, where five more generous members, J Bar W, Cole Cattle Co., WW Ranch, Splitt Ranch and Salt Creek Ranch, opened their wallets to purchase her for $4500. They then turned around and donated her back to be auctioned off again at the annual banquet.
Splitt Ranch purchased her for $4700 after lively bidding at the banquet and a total of $9200 went into the scholarship fund. Two very deserving youth (high school seniors) were awarded scholarships at the banquet: Kelsey Potter of Silverton, OR and Lawrence Velasquez of Santa Rosa, NM.
We soon hope to have a page on the MHBA website for the Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation. Our future is in our youth and anything we can do to help our youth will help our organization.
Vice President and Public Relations Chairperson.
Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation
By Cynthia DuVal
The Foundation is pleased to congratulate our 2012 recipients of the John Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
Our first winner is Leah Stroud of Borger Texas. She is currently a senior at Borger High School, a member of the FFA and shows Miniature Herefords at several major shows. Leah is planning to attend Texas Tech in the fall, majoring in Animal Science.
Our College level winner is Kelsey Potter of Silverton Oregon. She is currently completing her first year at Oregon State University. Kelsey is working towards her BS in Crop and Soil Sciences. She has been involved with Miniature Herefords for the past four years and currently owns and shows several of her breeding stock.
Congratulations to Leah and Kelsey and we wish you the best in your academic future!
As everyone else in the country is looking forward to fireworks on Fourth of July weekend, I will be heading across the country to Indianapolis. This is the venue of the 2010 Hereford Junior Nationals. I am ten year old Wyatt Debnam from Glenville, PA, and my family owns Springfields Miniature Herefords. Last year my sister and I had the first Miniature Herefords that attended Hereford Junior Nationals. I entered my bred and owned bull and my sister, Caroline, entered her heifer. Our intention was to show off the Miniature Hereford breed. We did not do so well when it came to ribbons, but by far, we had the most visitors and cameras in our stall area. I did get pulled to represent my age in the showmanship champion drive.
This year I am solo as I wanted to bring both my regular size Hereford and my miniature Hereford to Nationals. Last week at the regional show, they weighed 1343 lbs. and 534 lbs. respectively. Since there are no Miniature Shows on the east coast, we show against the big ones all year. We get placed all over the board, but as most cattle people will tell you, you need to be first or last, not in the middle. This past winter I had the thrill of placing second and third in a class of 14, shown by age. As the judge, club calf legend Dave Guyer, said you cant hate on him because hes little. The next week a judge commented that my steer is one the best steers he had ever seen, then placed him 5th. As Nationals approach, we are rinsing twice a day to grow and keep their hair.
We bought our first heifers in 2006 and now try to keep 6 cows around as we try to improve the small herd. Normally we travel to 14 shows a year, showing until we go to Louisville to show against the minis. As Dad says, we practice all year to show one time against our own kind. As the mini fans say, GO MINIS!!!!!!
Board Approves formation of Youth Foundation.
In mid January a proposal was submitted to your Board of Directors to form the Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation to be the education arm of the MHBA; to promote youth participation in the breeding, raising, showing and marketing of Miniature Hereford Cattle. The proposal was to form this Foundation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization able to accept donations and apply for grants to fund scholarships and educational programs. Discussion followed in the Board Google Discussion Group with many thoughtful questions brought up and issues gone through. It came to vote was and approved on February 21. Your Executive Committee is now in the process of recruiting and appointing a five-member Board which will be charged with writing the Mission Statement and By Laws that will be submitted with the 501 application. When the application is approved, which we are confident it will be, the job of raising funds will start, along with the many other tasks associated with getting an organization of this type up and running. We are very excited about being able to plan and set in place programs for the future needs of the youth who choose to work with Miniature Herefords, By starting now we will be ready to encourage and support the hard work and efforts of our growing young ‘family’ of members in a real and meaningful way.