By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer
Stefanie Neuhaus, 16, took the Reserve Champion Market Wether lamb title at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 15. Her lamb “Energizer” placed second among the market lambs of all breeds at the show.
More than 1,100 lambs competed.
“Oh, it was just overwhelming,” Neuhaus said of her feelings upon learning her placing.
Neuhaus has held the goal of winning at the international exposition since she was 10. This was her third time to participate in the event.
The young woman described the show as “huge” and “pretty intense.” Was she nervous?
“Oh, yeah,” Neuhaus said.
Energizer sold for $10,000 at the North American Sale of Champions.
To raise award-winning lambs, Neuhaus said, she puts a lot of hard work into such activities as feeding and exercising the animals.
“It’s time,” she said. “A lot of time.”
Neuhaus said her hard work had paid off.
In addition to her Reserve Champion title, Neuhaus also garnered a Champion Showmanship placing in her age division and showed the Southdown breed champion lamb. Showmanship refers to the contestant’s ability to present and handle the animal.
Roosevelt County 4-H agent Melanie Gutierrez, who worked with Neuhaus as an agent and competed against her in shows when they were younger, said Neuhaus has worked very hard.
“She and her family are very determined and have worked to accomplish the goals that they set,”