The opening weekend of the 2021 Ramona Junior Honest was stuffed with younger rivals (and proud dad and mom) and their chickens, turkeys, canines, rabbits, guinea pigs, llamas and alpacas.
Because the week progresses, the animals get bigger, and embrace pigs, goats, sheep, horses, and cows.
Siblings Sienna DePonte, 12, and Scarlett DePonte,10, each representing the 4-H 56 Ranchers, made their debut July 24 competing in each the hen and canine classes.
Sienna, together with her 12-year-old Chihuahua combine, Nico, by her facet was excited to start the canine competitors with the Rally — an impediment course-like competitors that reveals how effectively the canine follows instructions.
“There’s showmanship, obedience, and the Rally,” stated Sienna, “I just like the obedience half the place Nico has to sit down and keep for one minute and in addition keep down for 3 minutes. I’m simply hoping to have enjoyable, but when I received, that may be superior!”
Within the Junior Honest, 4-H, FFA, and Grange membership members from all through San Diego County enter competitions in market and breeding animal divisions, horse, canine, and llama reveals, and residential economics classes.
Youngsters as younger as 6, 7 and eight compete within the Pee Wee division, whereas kids aged 9 and up are the first rivals.
Scarlett DePonte, 10, was keen to indicate her 2-year-old German shepherd, Rock.
“I’m type of nervous,” Scarlett stated. “I believe essentially the most enjoyable would be the Rally.”
Scarlett stated she has been taking part within the 4H Canine Mission each different week by way of Zoom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s been studying coaching strategies on-line for near a yr.
“I’m prepared and Rock is prepared,” she stated. “I believe he’s wanting ahead to getting his chicken-flavored jerky treats.”
Scarlett’s pleasure prolonged to the hen competitors, as effectively.
“That is my first time with the chickens,” she stated. “I’m lastly sufficiently old! And one of the best half is I realized the way to present a hen — you get to show them over and maintain them by their toes!”
Sibling rivals are fairly frequent inside 4-H. Brothers J.J. Edwards, 9, and Finley Connelly, 6, had been additionally taking part on the Ramona Junior Honest for the primary time, though mother famous that Finley has routinely helped on their farm since he was 4 years outdated.
“I like working with my hen,” stated Finley, who was representing the 4-H Wranglers. “His title is Feather. We’re each going to have enjoyable in the present day.”
Older brother J.J., representing the 4-H Stars, and his hen, which he proudly named Reptar, had been prepared for the competitors and to even have enjoyable.
“The judges have a look at the hen’s peak and his comb, which is on his head,” J.J defined. “In addition they have a look at their toes. So, I get to show Reptar the other way up.”
Marie Bethell, 15, additionally part of the 4-H Stars, stated she has been elevating chickens for 3 years; nonetheless, this was her first time on the Ramona Junior Honest. Marie entered a number of hen breeds into the competitors.
“I’ve acquired Orpingtons, an Australorp, and a Dominique with me,” Marie stated. “I’m trying to have enjoyable however I’m secretly hoping to win Better of Breed or Better of Class.”
Marie famous that the chickens are judged based mostly on the American Poultry Affiliation’s Requirements of Conduct. Every breed has its personal requirements, she stated.
Brothers Cameron Martineau, 9, and Easton Martineau, 6 ½, had been taking part within the 4-H Pee Wee class. They had been exhibiting their Pembroke corgis, Goose and Bud, who’re additionally brothers.
“My canine Bud is actually good at sitting,” Easton stated. “He does that finest.”
Cameron pointed to Goose and famous that each canines are superb at sitting.
The Ramona Junior Honest, which runs by Aug. 1, is organized and operated by volunteer efforts.
Outcomes from judging:
Scarlett DePonte — 1st junior showmanship
Marie Bethel — beat Goose
Sienna DePonte — Rally qualifying rating and first place, obedience, 2nd in intermediate, 2nd in intermediate showmanship.
Scarlett DePonte — Rally second place, 1st in junior showmanship, 1st in junior showmanship.
Marie Bethell, 15 – beat Goose
JJ Edwards, Finley Connelly, and Cameron and Easton Martineau had been too younger to compete and took part solely.