Maryland’s Show Like A Pro dairy youth workshop announces judges
FREDERICK, Md. — The Show Like A Pro committee welcomes their 2017 workshop and show judges. Michael Creek of Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown, Md., and Katie Kearns of Rocky Ridge, Md., will be serving as officiates for the workshop’s show. Show Like A Pro will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 and 14th at the Frederick Fair Grounds in Frederick, Md. For more information on the workshop and how to attend the show, visit www.showlikeapro.org.
Michael Creek began his cattle evaluation career as a member of the Maryland 4-H Judging Team in 1998. He went on to compete on a collegiate level in 2004 at Cornell University. He has judged numerous county and state shows, as well as regional. Michael has been an official for All-American contests, served as an official for the 2016 Hoard’s Dairyman Judging Contest, and gives back as a coach for the Washington County dairy judging team.
Michael is familiar to the workings of a show ring as he has won numerous showmanship contests in his youth. Michael lives with his fiancé, Elizabeth DeBold, and is co-owner/founder of Palmyra Farm Cheese. Palmyra Farm has been home to Ayrshires for 50 years holding titles at World Dairy Expo, Madison, Wis., as 9-time Premier Breeder and 7-time Premier Exhibitor. At Expo last year, Palmyra Ayrshires were honored with the Intermediate Champion Female and the Junior Champion Female titles.
Palmyra Farm has had 135 All-American Ayrshire nominations and 46 All-American Ayrshires, 72 Ayrshire bulls to A.I., embryos exported to 10 countries, and has had seven No. 1 index cows. Michael is currently the site manager at the Trans Ova Maryland location, and Eastern Regional Manager with Trans Ova Genetics.
Katie attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she studied Dairy Science. Her passion is working with high quality genetics within the show industry. Katie has had experience working for several show farms around the world, and has traveled extensively to work for these strings.
Katie currently works at Mercuro Farms in Rocky Ridge, Md.
Thanks to Michael and Katie’s willingness to share their knowledge and skill to youth who will attend the Show Like A Pro dairy workshop, new leaders will blossom for generations to come.
PRESS RELEASE: Annual dairy youth workshop invites attendees once again
FREDERICK, MD – The SHOW LIKE A PRO dairy youth workshop and show is a multi-state invitational opportunity for all youth ages 8 to 21 years old who show dairy animals in fitting and showing competitions in breed organizations, as well as dairy youth in 4-H and/or FFA programs.
This year’s workshop is being held Saturday, May 13 to Sunday, May 14 at The Great Frederick Fairgrounds in Frederick, Md. Registration is currently underway, and the deadline is April 28, 2017.
As one of the state’s largest educational workshops, volunteer staff of professional fitters, showmen, exhibitors, and judges work in smaller groups, and even individually to assist participants in learning the basics or improve current skill levels. Proudly, a number of past attendees have competed in and succeeded in various national competitions like the All-American Dairy Show and World Dairy Expo.
Support gained from individual patrons, agricultural companies, and dairy industry peers, including producers, exhibitors, and allied businesses provides the event to participants at a minimal cost. Equally, support from the Maryland Purebred Dairy Cattle Association allows participants to go home with prizes, awards, and ribbons as well as knowledge and the chance to compete against others of the same age and skill level.
Following the same format as any typical overnight show, from arrival inspection to departure, each participant is required to bring a heifer (one will be provided if needed in an urgent matter). A parent or guardian must accompany attendees under the age of 18.
SHOW LIKE A PRO is a great opportunity for youth to meet and learn from top professionals. They willingly provide many tips and methods that allow them to do well in the showring. The SHOW LIKE A PRO committee’s goals are to encourage youth to progress beyond their county fair and learn from leaders of the dairy industry. The addition of more competitors strengthens the industry by the ability to network with others from all over the country, promotes interest in the industry and leads to production of higher quality animals overall.
For registration and information about the workshop and show, go to www.showlikeapro.org or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/showlikeapro/.
For questions about this press release or to gain access to photos, contact Andrea Haines at firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-514-2927.
2016 Maryland Dairy Youth Workshop: Show Like a Pro: Announces Judges
The Show Like a Pro (SLAP) committee proudly announces the judges for the 2016 workshop and show. Michael Creek of Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown ,MD will be the judge and Aaron Horst of Hershey, PA will be the associate judge this year. Show Like a Pro will be held June 11&12 at the Frederick Fair Grounds Frederick, MD. For more information and to register please visit www.showlikeapro.org.
M ichael was a member of the MD State 4-H Judging Team in 1998. He was on the collegiate judging team at Cornell University in 2003. He has judged numerous county and state shows, as well as regional, and the 2013 National Junior Ayrshire heifer show. He has been an official for 2 different breed All-American contests, served as an official for the 2016 Hoards Dairyman Judging Contest and coaches the Washington County dairy judging team. As a youth he won many showmanship contests. Michael is part owner of Palmyra Farm and Palmyra Farm Cheese. Palmyra has been home to Ayrshires for 50 years and Holsteins for 22 years. Palmyra Farm has had over 125 All-American Ayrshire Nominations and over 44 All-American Ayrshires.
A aron Horst lives in Hershey, PA and grew up on his family’s farm in Chambersburg, PA, Mi- Rose Jerseys and Holsteins. He and his siblings showed multiple All American and Jr. All American Jerseys. In 2005, he was high individual in the 4-H contests at World Dairy Expo and the All American Dairy Show. Aaron graduated from Virginia Tech and was named the National Jersey Youth Achievement Winner. Now a Jersey sire analyst and Cornerstone Specialist for ABS Global, Horst has served as a judging contest official at Madison, WI and Louisville, KY and judged shows in several eastern states.
We thank Michael and Aaron for their willingness to share their knowledge and skill to youth who attend our workshop.
PRESS RELEASE #1 FEBRUARY 14th, 2016
ATTN: ALL Breed, 4-H and FFA dairy youth ages 8-21 from any state who compete or desire to compete in Showmanship!
The SHOW LIKE A PRO multi-state invitational Dairy Youth Workshop and Show returns for the 7th year with a few changes. We invite ALL youth age 8-21 who show dairy animals in fitting and showing competitions in breed organizations, as well as our dairy youth in 4-H and FFA. While the age spread is greater, our volunteer staff of professional fitters, showmen, exhibitors and judges work in small groups and even individually at times to assist the attendees of all ages to learn the basics or improve their current skill level. We are proud that a number of our past attendees went on to compete in or even win the national competitions at The All American and World Dairy Expo.
We have the support of many individuals, companies and the dairy industry, including producers, exhibitors and allied businesses. This year we have partnered with the Maryland Purebred Dairy Cattle Association. This support allows us to provide the event at minimal cost to the attendees and the opportunity to send our participants home with prizes, awards and ribbons as well as knowledge and the chance to compete against others of the same age and skill level.
SHOW LIKE A PRO (SLAP) is held at the Great Frederick Fair dairy pavilion and barns. The entire overnight workshop, from arrival inspection to departure, follows the same format as any dairy event. Each participant must bring a heifer. A parent or guardian must accompany attendees under the age of 18.
SLAP is a great opportunity to meet and learn from top professionals. They willingly provide many tips and methods that allow them to do well in the show ring. We are blessed in this area to have so many of these individuals in close proximity and it is a wonderful chance to have them teach you how to fit your animal to make the most of the conformational challenges, as well as display the animal to the best advantage in the ring. The SLAP committee’s goals are to encourage youth to progress beyond their county fair and learn to know leaders of the dairy industry. The addition of more competitors strengthens the industry by the ability to network with others from all over the country, promotes interest in the industry and leads to production of higher quality animals overall.
FMI: see showlikeapro.org or on facebook “Show Like A Pro Dairy Workshop.” All information re: the workshop and applications will be posted on the website by Feb. 14th. FMI contacts will be posted at that time. Hope to see you on June 11-12.