4-H sheep show a family affair

BLACKFOOT — The Bingham County 4-H Fair opened Monday morning with farm animals and their handlers taking center stage.
The Jensen and Carpenter families took six of the 10 top awards in sheep showmanship.
In the intermediate class, Jacee Jensen was the champion; Ashley Carpenter was reserve champion. Jacee also was named the overall champion showman.
In the junior II class, Braxton Jensen was the champion; his cousin, Tanneyce Jensen was reserve champion.
In the junior I class, Canon Carpenter, brother of Ashley, was champion; Treyce Jensen, sister of Tanneyce, was reserve champion.
If the Jensens are not brothers and sisters, they are cousins.
In the novice class, Dalton Clevenger was champion; Jerod Gough was reserve.
In the senior class Carsey Kofford was champion; Taylor Houston was reserve.
Seven of the 10 winners participate in the 4-H sheep club named Wendy's Woolies. These competitors are the top two intermediate, junior II, junior I and champion novice showman.
"Make sure you brace your lamb," said junior II champion Braxton Jensen.
Champion showman Jacee Jensen said, "When you work with your animal, you need to be patient with him. If you don't like your animal, he won't like you."
The largest number of participants at the Bingham County 4-H Fair have been in the sheep category.
There are two top winners in each class—champion and reserve champion—both for showmanship and for market. The showmanship category judges how the competitor handles the sheep. In the market category, the quality of the animal is judged.
For showmanship, all competitors are divided into five classes by age. The senior class is for competitors ages 15-18. The intermediate class is for 12-14-year-olds. Junior II is for 10-11-year-olds; junior I for 9-year-olds and novice for 8-year-olds.
There are two top winners in each class—champion and reserve champion.
In the market category, animals are judged by weight.
The 4-H Fair continues through Wednesday. The 2011 Market Animal Sale begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.