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IMPERIAL â€”Â Â The best of the best gathered together to compete against each other in the Small Animal Round Robin displaying their showmanship talent this past Tuesday, during the Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta.
The top two youths who placed first and second in Junior, and the Senior divisions in one of theÂ six qualifyingÂ small animalsÂ (pygmy goats, dogs, chickens, cavies, rabbits and ducks) moved on to the Small Animal Round Robin in 4-H, Grange, and FFA.
Livestock Assistant, Shannon Johnston from El Centro, explained that showmanship is the knowledge of and the ability to show that animal. In Small Animal Round Robin, all six species are shown.
Participants in the Small Animal Round Robin event are placed First through Twelfth. Every participant Â received a showmanship rosette with a belt buckle going to first place.
â€œItâ€™s the culmination of every showmanâ€™s goal, to make it to the topâ€, Johnston said.
Johnston went on to explain that it is a majorÂ accomplishment to compete in Round Robin and that the â€œbelt buckleâ€ is their trophy.
The 2015 Round Robin Winners:
Junior – Robin Juarez from 4-H Mount Signal
Senior- Kaylah Moreno from 4-H Mount Signal
FFA – Victoria Garcia from Brawley FFA