UW livestock judging team maintains top-four finish record


LARAMIE, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming livestock judging team finished in the top four at each of its six contests this spring, with Shanan Davey of Bridgeport, Neb., helping lead the team.

At recent competitions in Texas Davey placed fifth overall at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, capturing second place in swine, seventh in reasons and 10th place in cattle. At the prestigious Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Davey placed second overall, first in swine, third in placings, fourth in cattle and seventh in reasons.

“It was a great finish to the season for the team,” said coach Caleb Boardman, in the Department of Animal Science. “To stay in the top four at every contest shows they are one of the top teams in the country.” 

This year’s team members include Justin Terry, Grants Pass, Ore., Zackery Schumaker, Sweet Springs, W.Va., Alexi Goodnow, Craig, Colo., Logan Despain, Laramie, Alexis Wivell, Smock, Pa., Rachel Serrell, Castle Rock, Colo., Shelbie Sperle, Parker, Colo., Tiffaney Connelly, Bridgeport, Neb., and Jacob Lacey, Highlands Ranch, Colo. Laurel Rigby of Ronan, Mont., was the assistant coach.

The team placed fourth out of 13 teams and 116 individuals at San Antonio. They also placed second in hogs, fourth in sheep, fourth in reasons, fifth in cattle and eighth in goats. 

Connelly placed fourth in reasons, fifth in goats and seventh in sheep. Terry placed second in sheep and Goodnow was third in sheep. 

“San Antonio was very high-quality, but a very challenging contest,” Boardman said. “We had some great individual highlights and as a team talked better than we ever have in reasons.” 

In Houston this last week, the team took third out of 28 universities. As a team they were first in placings, second in hogs, second in cattle, third in reasons and fifth in sheep/goats. 

Individually there were 224 contestants. 

Connelly placed tenth overall, sixth in placings and was second overall in the alternates division with a score that would have put her in the top 10 overall. 

Despain was third in reasons, and Schumaker tied for 10th in reasons. 

 “UW is quickly becoming one of the premier programs across the country for students who want to competitively livestock judge,” Boardman said.

The UW livestock judging team is hosting a livestock judging camp June 10-12 in Laramie.


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