Guard wins senior showman

North Montgomery graduate Jennifer Guard was completely surprised that she won Wednesday’s 2017 Montgomery County Senior Showman competition. The self-proclaimed “horse girl” rose above six other competitors to win the award.

Guard entered the competition with no expectations other than to “have fun.” She said she did not give herself much of a chance because she had not shown any animal during her 10 years in 4-H except one.

“The very first year I showed pigs, and I absolutely hated it,” Guard said. “Showing all the animals is so much different than showing horses.”

The competition consists of each senior showman from dairy, beef, swine, llama, goats, lambs and horses. Although Guard was not optimistic about her chances of winning, the judge chose her as the top showman.

Guard was fortunate she was the top showman from the horse and pony show. 

The show was held one week before the fair started in earnest.

“Since the horse show was earlier, I had an extra week than the other competitors,” Guard said. “Then this week I watched each show to pick up pointers and I talked to a lot of people around the fairgrounds.”

Guard is a member of the Wayne Winners 4-H Club and will attend Purdue University next fall to study medical laboratory science. She also will be a member of the top women’s singing group on campus as she was selected to be in the Purduettes.

Guard is the daughter of Tim and Lori Guard.

Other participants in the competition were: Ty Leader, sheep; Drake Blaydes, swine; Zoe Walbert, dairy; Isaac Fruits, llama, Mackenzie Shepherd, beef.