HARRISBURG, Pa. — Walking her Milking Shorthorn under a bright spotlight in the Large Arena of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Natalee Zug didn’t appear nervous.
The 9-year-old was part of the Premier National Junior Show supreme champion pageant on Sept. 20 at the All-American Dairy Show.
Natalee showed the grand champion Milking Shorthorn cow, Millcreek Presto Annie, and was in the running for the junior show’s supreme champion.
Though she didn’t walk away with the supreme title, Natalee was happy with her grand champion cow, as was her grandfather, Bob Stanton.
“I never dreamed it,” Stanton said of his granddaughter’s big win.
Stanton, of Everett, has been showing at the All-American Dairy Show for more years than he can remember, but he guessed it’s been more than 20.
Stanton said family members have won classes before, but no one had ever taken home a grand champion banner before.
Natalee, of Mifflintown, loves all kinds of animals, but right now her favorites are cows and horses.
“This girl can show anything,” Stanton said.
Natalee and her grandfather both were surprised that she came out on top of the Milking Shorthorn show.
“The judge liked old-style Shorthorn, and she’s old style,” Stanton said about the winning cow.
In addition to showing Milking Shorthorns, Natalee also shows Brown Swiss and Holsteins.
She competed in the open show along with Stanton.
Natalee said she feels confident going into the open show, but Stanton didn’t expect any more banners for the week.
“I think we did the best we’re going to do,” he said. “She’s up against the big boys now.”
Natalee said her favorite part of being at All-American is having the opportunity to show, and for only 9, she’s pretty good at it.
Natalee was the top Milking Shorthorn exhibitor in the junior showmanship division.
She said she plans to keep showing for a very long time, even as long as her grandpa has been showing.
The junior supreme champion dairy cow went to Hayden Weaver of Ephrata and his Holstein, Heart&Soul Sammy Ricki. The supreme champion dairy heifer went to Trinity Miller and her Red and White, Pheasant-Echos An Diana-Red, of Westminster, Maryland.
The youth show had 583 cattle shown by 540 exhibitors.
Supreme Champion Pageant
Supreme champion cow: Hayden Weaver, Holstein, Heart&Soul Sammy Ricki, Ephrata, Pa.
Supreme champion heifer: Trinity Miller, Red and White, Pheasant-Echos An Diana-Red, Westminster, Md.
Grand champion Ayrshire cow: Natalie Yoder, Sunny Acres Bking Koincidence, Belleville, Pa.
Junior champion Ayrshire heifer: Emily Hatch, Hinz-Sight Rosetta, Houghton, N.Y.
Grand champion Brown Swiss cow: Hannah Balthaser, Northkill Creek Groovey, Bernville, Pa.
Junior champion Brown Swiss heifer: Jack Kowalewski, Bo Shona Doboy Hermione, Susquehanna, Pa.
Grand champion Guernsey cow: Allie Snider, Sniders G Dirty Betcha, New Enterprise, Pa.
Junior champion Guernsey heifer: Kolby Stoltzfus, Warwick Manor Ernie Jacey, East Earl, Pa.
Grand champion Holstein cow: Hayden Weaver, Heart & Soul Sammy Ricki, Ephrata, Pa.
Junior champion Holstein heifer: Ella Hlavaty, Peace and Plenty Sidekick Jubtoit, Lititz, Pa.
Grand champion Jersey cow: Regan Jackson, WF Valentino Lokie, Boyce, Va.
Junior champion Jersey heifer: Blaine Warburton, Bolle Acres Gentry Fashion, New Albany, Pa.
Grand champion Milking Shorthorn cow: Natalee Zug, Millcreek Presto Annie, Everett, Pa.
Junior champion Milking Shorthorn heifer: Taylor Heeter, Jomill Mr. Right Aloha, Shade Gap, Pa.
Grand champion Red and White cow: Jaycey Miller, MS Avalanche Avon Red ET, Westminster, Md.
Junior champion Red and White heifer: Trinity Miller, Pheasant-Echos An Diana-Red, Westminster, Md.
Senior champion: Sara Kennedy, Columbia Crossroads, Pa.
Senior second place: Hayden Reichard, Chambersburg, Pa.
Senior third place: Jacalyn Bortner, Spring Grove, Pa.
Intermediate champion: Jillian Malott, Smithsburg, Md.
Intermediate second place: Megan Smiley, Berlin, Pa.
Intermediate third place: Madison Johnson, Cochranton, Pa.
Junior champion: Emma Hutchison, Ridgely, Md.
Junior second place: Evan Westerfield, Ulster, Pa.
Junior third place: Karlee Supplee, Wellsville, Pa.