Locals win big at Dixie Nationals

Nicole Abrams, center, is handed her plaque as winner of the 2013 Dixie National Sale of Champions Scholarship. Abrams is shown with Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith, on left, and Gov. Phil Bryant, on right. (Courtesy Photo)

Nicole Abrams, center, is handed her plaque as winner of the 2013 Dixie National Sale of Champions Scholarship. Abrams is shown with Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith, on left, and Gov. Phil Bryant, on right.
(Courtesy Photo)

HOUSTON – Local 4-H members recently competed at the 2013 Dixie National Junior Round-Up livestock earning a number of ribbons and one taking home a college scholarship.

Nicole Abrams was awarded the Dixie National Sale of Champions Scholarship by Gov. Phil Bryant and Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith at the nationally known event in February.

Abrams also earned ribbons in other categories:

• First Place – Mississippi Bred Goat Medium Weight Commercial Doe

• First Place – Medium Weight Commercial Doe Goat.

• Second Place – Goat 17-18 age class Market Goat Showmanship.

• Second Place – Mississippi Bred Goat Light-Heavy Weight Market Goat.

• Sixth Place – Light-Heavy Weight Market Goat.

Abrams is the second 4-Her from Chickasaw County to earn the prestigious $1,500 scholarship. Katie Booth, of Chickasaw County, earned a similar scholarship four years ago.

The 2013 Dixie National Junior Round-Up livestock show saw 1,525 4-H members and FFA youth exhibit 2,248 head of livestock in junior breeding and marketing shows.

Shelby Abrams shows her 1st Place Market Goat at the 2013 Dixie National Junior Round-Up in Jackson in February. (Courtesy Photo)

Shelby Abrams shows her 1st Place Market Goat at the 2013 Dixie National Junior Round-Up in Jackson in February.
(Courtesy Photo)

Youth put in many hours of hard work in their livestock projects that involve their families and 4-H and FFA volunteers. Livestock projects teach youth responsibility, marketing, planning and leadership.

Chickasaw County also saw three other winners take ribbons and prizes at the Dixie National Junior Round-up.

Sandy and Emma Garner, daughters of Jessie and Miriam Garner, represented Chickasaw County in the Dairy Division.

Emma Garner earned First Place in Winter Yearling Heifer Class, Honorable Mention Junior Champion with Governors Cornerston Natasha. She also earned Third Place in 8-year-old Dairy Cattle Showmanship.

Sandy Garner earned First Place in Spring Heifer Class, Reserve Jr. Champion with Governors Cornerstone Sonya. She took Fifth Place in Two-Year-Old Cow Class with Centurion Cornerstone Clarabell. She also won Eighth Place in Showmanship.

Shelby Abrams, daughter of Doug and Angie Abrams, earned the following awards with her goat livestock project. She took First Place in the 12-year-old age class Market Goat Showmanship and First Place in the Mississippi Bred Lightweight Market Goat. Abrams also earned a Second Place award in Mississippi Bred Lightweight Commercial Doe Goat and a Third Place ribbon in Lightweight Market Goat.

Sandy and Emma Garner competed in the Dairy Division at the 2013 Dixie National Junior Round-Up Livestock Show. Emma, on right, took First Place in Winter Yearling Heifer Class. Sandy took First Place in Spring Heifer Class. (Courtesy Photo)

Sandy and Emma Garner competed in the Dairy Division at the 2013 Dixie National Junior Round-Up Livestock Show. Emma, on right, took First Place in Winter Yearling Heifer Class. Sandy took First Place in Spring Heifer Class.
(Courtesy Photo)

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