Siskiyou's Golden Jackpot Show
Tony Nicoletti Memorial Dominated by Local Exhibitors
The Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds hosted the 2017 Tony Nicoletti Memorial Jackpot Cattle Show and junior exhibitors from across the west came to Yreka to compete at the annual Mother’s Day weekend event.
The Scott Valley Bank fitting contest started off the weekend with Clara Delong, Corning and Chase Mercier, Montague taking home first place. Second went to Mikayla Duchi and Jackson Duchi from Gazelle. The third place team was Josie Cole, Bonanza OR and Melissa Stroing, Red Bluff. In the junior division Seth Cox, Eagle Point , OR and Kambrie Murray, Lebanon, OR were the winners with Lauren Mercier, Montague and Blakley Hittson, Yreka winning second place. Third in the division was Jayne and Nora Harris from Yreka. The Scott Valley Bank fitting contest was the largest ever with 12 teams in the two divisions. Winning teams received show supplies from Sullivan Supply and prize money. “Participation in this event is at an all time high” stated judge Bill Nicoletti, “The top end here could compete anywhere in their age division.” The golden jackpot started in 2010 and was renamed in honor of Tony Nicoletti in 2013. Tony Nicoletti was instrumental in getting the jackpot established in Yreka and was a firm believer that livestock kids need events where they can compete and build lifelong relationships with others in the industry. “Our jackpot show is one of the premier shows on the west coast,” stated CEO, Cliff Munson, “and it is our partners that keep it that way.”
Saturday morning, it was a pleasure to welcome Nick Fitzsimmons, Perry, Oklahoma as the official judge for 2017. The steer show was very competitive with several steers showing up in Yreka with jackpot victories in other shows. Fitzsimmons sorted three divisions English, Black/Black Cross and All Other Colors with Kambrie Murray, Lebanon winning the English Division, Chase Mercier taking the honor in the Black/Black Cross Division and Clara Delong winning the All Other Colors. For the first time in the history of our jackpot show the Champion came from a local exhibitor, Chase Mercier walked away with the trophy halter and the $1000.00 added purse. Reserve was won by annual contender Clara Delong, Corning and Clara was awarded the halter and $500.00 added purse. The reserve steers in each division were; Sara McCann Harfst, Jacksonville Or in the Black/ Black Cross, Danielle Dinzillo, Malin OR in the AOC and Clayton Cox, Los Molinos in the English.
Judge Nick Fitzsimmons was impressed with the quality in the heifer show. The Angus division champions were Hanna Harrison from Big Springs and Seth Cox was reserve. The Hereford division champion and reserve were both won by Hadley Harrison of Big Springs. The All Other Breeds division had Laynie Wright, Kelseyville, on top with a Charolais Heifer and Jonwyn Ayres, Rogue River, Or, was reserve.
In the Commercial division Hanna Harrison won the division and Taylor Olson, Madres, OR, was reserve. The highly competitive heifer show culminated with Hanna Harrison winning Grand Champion with her division winning Angus female and repeated as reserve champion with the commercial female. Both Champions received a trophy halter and Harrison won the $1500.00 added purse for both champions. Showmanship winners were Clara Delong for the 16 and older, Laynie Wright was the 13 -15 winner and Hailey Bare won the 9-12 division. The overall buckle was won by Laynie Wright. In the Pee Wee division Hanna Harrison repeated as the 2017 peewee showmanship winner.In the local show on Mother’s Day, the Mother’s Day drawing was won by Teresa Baxman. The local steer show was won by Chase Mercier and brother Nora Harris was reserve. The Heifer Champions were Hadley Harrison with her Hereford female and Hanna Harrison was reserve with her day one Champion Angus Female.