In her third year competing in the Round Robin Showmanship Competition, Morgan Leefers came away with the overall win in the 2018 show July 29.  
Leefers enjoyed the competition each of the last three years, and winning the fifth annual competition was a great way to start off the last day of the 2018 Otoe County Fair.
The Round Robin Show provided a way for spectators to get a look at all types of large animals all in one place.  
The competition was between Senior Showmanship Grand Champions for meat goats, beef, swine, sheep, and horses.  There were no senior showmanship competitors for dairy goats or they would have been included as well.
Each round of the competition focused on a specific animal. In one round of competition, they showed horses.  
Other than the Senior Showmanship Horse Champion, even those who owned horses had to show an animal that was not their own.  
As has been the case each year, animal owners made sure to lend calmer animals for them to use, as they did later in the competition with the other animals.
Showmanship techniques are unique for each animal, and some of the competitors needed to learn about the other animals quickly in order to participate in the competition.  
Other 4-H’ers helped each other get ready. Anne Bennier, 2017 winner, worked with several of the competitors throughout the week to help them prepare.
Morgan Leefers, daughter of Mike and Jeni Leefers, was the 2018 Otoe County Round Robin Showmanship Grand Champion.  She won Senior Showmanship for Beef and Swine and competed for Beef.  Leefers graduated from Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School in 2017 and will be a sophomore in the fall at UNL majoring in Agribusiness.  
Over her years in 4-H, she has done a variety of projects and showed beef and swine. Leefers has been a member of the North Branch Rancheros 4-H Club, and she was involved in multiple clubs and sports at Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School.
Because Leefers was competing for beef, Swine Senior Showmanship Reserve Champion Hannah Crownover, daughter of Tyler and Donna Crownover, was in the Round Robin Competition for swine.  
This was her first time to participate in the Round Robin.
Crownover is a member of the Better Beef Producers 4-H Club and has been in 4-H for 11 years.  
She has competed in swine, Quilt of Valor, T-shirt quilt, and other projects through the years.  
A 2018 S-D-A High School graduate, Crownover will attend South Dakota State University majoring in Animal Science with plans to become a veterinarian.
At S-D-A, she played volleyball and basketball, and she participated in FFA, Skills USA, Students of Service, Band, Jazz Band, Choir, and Show Choir.
Autumn Cary, daughter of Bill and Jill Cary, was Reserve Champion Senior Showmanship for horses.  Since Bennier (2018 Grand Champion Senior Showmanship) had already won Round Robin, Cary competed for horses.  
This was her first time in the Round Robin Competition.  She is a sophomore at S-D-A High School and is a member of FBLA, FFA, and SOS.  
Cary also plays volleyball, has been showing horses for eight years, and is a member of the Wranglers 4-H Club.  
Her future plans include attending a state college and joining the equestrian team.
Paige Stones, daughter of Mary and Aaron Bennett, won Senior Showmanship winner for Sheep.  
She is a junior at Lourdes Central Catholic School and plans to attend college and do something in the medical field.  
A member of the Wyoming Feeders 4-H Club, Stones has been in 4-H for six years and competed in sheep, photography, and sewing.  
She is a cheerleader, plays tennis, and participates in band, choir, and One Act Drama.  This was her second year in the Round Robin.
Kirsten Schutz, daughter of Matt and Roxy Schutz, was the Reserve Champion Senior Showmanship for Meat Goats.  Because Anne Bennier (Grand Champion Senior Showmanship) had previously won the Round Robin, Schutz competed for meat goats.  
She is a senior at S-D-A High School where she has been on the golf team and a member of the colorguard.  After high school, Schutz plans to attend school for cosmetology in Omaha.  
Over her 10 years in 4-H, Schutz has shown swine, goats, and beef.  She is a member of the North Branch Rancheros.
When watching Showmanship Competition for each animal, sometimes the 4-H’ers make it look very easy.  That is not the case; they spend a lot of time practicing for the event.  The Round Robin Competition shows how difficult it can be to learn a new animal, and the spectators thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the animals in one competition.