Adalene Zielie competes in her Market class at the Summertime Showdown in Farmington. Courtesy photo
Adalene Zielie competes in the Hub City Classic in Belen where she won Reserve Championship Pee Wee Showmanship. Courtesy photo
Cora Zielie answers questions from the judge in the showmanship class at the Ray Hinton Memorial Show in Monte Vista, Colorado. Courtesy photo
Cora Zielie competes in the showmanship class in Belen where she placed third. Courtesy photo
BY LENA ZIELIE
High Country Team 4-H
Los Alamos County
Adalene Zielie (age 7) and Cora Zielie (age 5) of White Rock, had a busy June showing their 4-H market lambs. They had six ring shows, across three weekends, in New Mexico and Colorado.
In Farmington at the Summertime Showdown the girls competed in the areas largest summer show. There were approximately 700 animals from all over the country that came to compete. The girls did not receive any awards but placed well for the level of competition in the Age 11 and under classes.
In Belen at the Hub City Classic Adalene received the Reserve Champion PeeWee Showmanship Award (age 8 and under), and in her market classes her lambs placed 1st and 2nd in their respective classes, both making it to the grand drive. Cora placed 3rd in the PeeWee Showmanship class.
In Monte Vista, CO at the Ray Hinton Memorial show the girls both placed in the top half of their showmanship (age 8 and under) classes day 1 and 2. Adalene placed 1st in class with one of her lambs making the grand drive on day 2.
In Livestock Shows there are two different types of shows, Showmanship and Market. In Showmanship the classes are divided into age groups and the exhibitors are judged on their ability to present their animal as well as their knowledge of the animal. In Market the animals are judged against animals of similar weight on their build and muscling. Both of these classes require the exhibitor to extensively work with and train their animals as well as knowing how to properly present their animal to their fullest potential for the judges.
The girls are both part of the High Country Team 4-H club of Los Alamos County, and will be exhibiting and showing their animals with 15 other Los Alamos County exhibitors at the Rio Arriba County Fair July 26-30 in Abiquiu.