Tyler Reitveld, Supreme Champion - Dairy
Tyler Reitveld, Supreme Champion - Dairy

STAMPEDE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LIVESTOCK SCHOLARSHIPS LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE

CALGARY STAMPEDE – INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LIVESTOCK SCHOLARSHIPS

Supreme Champion, Commercial Beef:      Cole McMahon

Supreme Champion, Purebred Beef:           Dakota Townsend

Supreme Champion, Sheep:                        Shannon McLaughlin

Supreme Champion, Dairy:                          Tyson Reitveld

Supreme Champion, Equine:                       Caitlin Malterer

 

IYLS Recipients    (name, hometown)

SENIORS

$3,000

Candace Fankhanel             Ferintosh, AB                            

Brennan Munro                    Airdrie, AB                      

Cassidy Matthews               Olds, AB      

Megan McLeod                   Cochrane, AB         

 

$2,000

Jared Couch                      Sundre, AB                     

Luke Marshall                    Red Deer, AB

Kyle Dodgson                    Sangudo, AB

Cole McMahon                  Galahad, AB

Shannon McLaughlin         Whitecourt, AB

Bailey Wauters                   Wrentham, AB

Dakota Townsend              Sylvan Lake, AB

Aiden Jamieson                 Dalemead, AB

Kayla Jones                       Olds, AB

Davis Schmidt                    Watrous, SK

 

$1,000

Brooke Bablitz                   Cherhill, AB

Bailey Dietrich                    Forestburg, AB

Ward Marshall                    Red Deer, AB

Jill McLerie                         Red Deer, AB

Maguire Blair                      Drake, SK

Travis Dow                         Vermilion, AB

Halley Adams                     Forestburg, AB

Jonas Haeni                       Didsbury, AB

Cayley Peltzer                    Rosemary, AB

Tony Schmidt                     Falun, AB

Jade Marshall                     Red Deer, AB

Danae Chostner                 Stettler, AB

Wacey Townsend              Sylvan Lake, AB

Jaymie Thompson              Abbotsford, BC

Delanie Knull                      Crossfield, AB

Cole Dodgson                    Sangudo, AB

Kaylie Krys                         Vermilion, AB

Riley Sharp                        Lacombe, AB

Tyler Dietrich                     Forestburg, AB

Makenzie Rowley              Clive, AB

 

INTERMEDIATE

$1,000

Emma Gingras                   Langdon, AB

Jacey Massey                    Strathmore, AB

Morgan MacIntyre              Russell, ON

Bryanne Peltzer                 Duchess, AB

Cache McLerie                  Red Deer, AB

Justin Couch                     Sundre, AB

Baxter Blair                       McLean, SK

Sierra Wise                       Airdrie, AB

Madison Sibbald               Cochrane, AB

Cara McNaughton            Whitecourt, AB

Keely Adams                    Forestburg, AB

Thomas Wildman             Sangudo, AB

Julie Sharp                       Lacombe, AB

Jenna Schmidt                 Watrous, SK

Bronwynn Frenzel            Magrath, AB

 

JUNIOR

$500

Kyla Kelly                          Red Deer, AB

Brynne Yoder                    Barrhead, AB

Elle Groeneveld                Kathryn, AB

Kenzie Hickman                Vermilion, AB

Tianna Frenzel                  Magrath, AB

Alexis Couch                     Sundre, AB

 

Calgary – The thing everyone knows about agriculture is that it means work, and lots of it. The 55 recipients of Stampede International Livestock Scholarships understand that.  To start with, they have to have done well at various livestock shows around the province like the Provincial 4-H Sheep Show, the Provincial 4-H Beef Heifer Show and the Provincial 4-H Dairy Show among others.  Then the 355 entrants, the most ever, and 589 head of livestock, went to the Stampede week Summer Synergy show in Olds.  If participants were trying for a scholarship, they had to have submitted a marketing assignment that was judged back in May.

 

After Summer Synergy, it’s off to Calgary for judged interviews that are the final determinant of just how much money the IYLS will provide toward their post-secondary education. The interviews are not an easy ride, as the judges make sure that the final recipients of the scholarships are worthy.

 

Five competitors are named Supreme Champions in their specialty. This year’s Supreme Champion, Commercial Beef, is Cole McMahon. “This is my seventh and final year in 4-H and my sixth year coming to Summer Synergy,” Cole says. His beef expertise doesn’t come from his family environment. “My parents are actually grain farmers,” he says. “This cow and two other heifers are the only cattle we own.”

 

Cole says his cow was actually double-qualified for Stampede as she was the Supreme Champion Commercial Female at the Provincial Beef and Heifer Show as well as Champion Simmenthal female at Summer Synergy.

 

“With Summer Synergy, every aspect of it is challenging,” he says. “You have the best young kids in the industry there. You have to know what you’re doing to be able to excel and place high enough to receive the scholarship.”

 

As for the interviews, Cole gives full credit to his 4-H public speaking experience. “That’s where 4-H has given me a great helping hand,” he says. “Without 4-H I wouldn’t have been able to do that.”

 

The scholarship money will come in handy for Cole next year, he says. “It’s awesome. That’s a huge reason why I even come, is those scholarship dollars. I’m accepted into the University of Saskatchewan to get a Bachelor’s degree in Agri-Business. Then I’ll return home to the family farm.”

 

There’s another lasting benefit of his 4-H involvement, Cole says. “Almost all my friends have come through the 4-H program - all my closest friends, at least. They’re friends I’ll have for the rest of my life and can always count on.”

 

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

 

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