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Back row, left to right: Tyler Dewey, NEO livestock judging coach, Tres Wright, Katie Chupp, Chelsae Olger, Lea Crump, Holly Smith, and Clinton Brightwell  Front row, left to right: Ethan Propp, Sara Green, Lindsay Tasos, Morgan Marley, and Jacob Embry Back row, left to right: Tyler Dewey, NEO livestock judging coach, Tres Wright, Katie Chupp, Chelsae Olger, Lea Crump, Holly Smith, and Clinton Brightwell Front row, left to right: Ethan Propp, Sara Green, Lindsay Tasos, Morgan Marley, and Jacob Embry

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NEO livestock team named Reserve Champion at Denver’s National Western Stock Show

Miami, Okla. – Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 – Livestock judgers from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) attended the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 16, 2014 and were named Reserve Champion team overall, fourth in reasons and were named champion hog team.

History of the National Western

According the association’s website, in 1906 the first show opened on Monday, Jan. 29 and ran for six days. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the grand champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, 23 cents over the market price. In 1931, the 25th National Western presented the first rodeo in conjunction with the livestock and horse show. In 1954, the Westernaires, (performers on horseback), made their first appearance at the rodeo. In 1981 the show increased to 12 days and included 21 rodeo performances. A still-standing record of $301,000 was paid at auction for a Hereford bull. In 2006, the National Western celebrated its 100th anniversary. The show’s attendance reached 726,972 for the 16-day show and the grand champion steer sold for $75,000 or $58 per pound.

More than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits step foot on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show each year. The National Western Stock Show is noted for hosting the world's only carload and pen cattle show, held in the historic Denver Union Stockyards.

NEO competed against 27 other junior college teams. Blinn Community College was Champion Team, NEO was named Reserve Champion, and Casper College was third.

“I am very proud of our students. They have put in a lot of hours, and it shows,” said Tyler Dewey, NEO livestock judging coach. “It’s nice to have that work rewarded with success. I am proud of their work and the progress we have made in bringing NEO back to one of the elite programs in the country. ”

Morgan Marley led the team with a third overall finish; Marley was also High Individual in hogs. Lindsay Tasos was fourth overall, first in cattle reasons, fourth in cattle, and third in oral reasons. Ethan Propp was third in sheep, and Jacob Embry was eighth High Individual overall.

“This is the best National Western finish NEO has seen in the last 15 years,” Dewey said.

Team members include:

Morgan Marley – Elkins, Ark.

Sara Green – Grove, Okla.

Clinton Brightwell – Carthage, Mo.

Tres Wright – Carthage, Mo.

Jacob Embry – Winchester, Ky.

Ethan Propp – Adair Okla.

Katie Chupp – Adair, Okla.

Lea Crump – Calhoun, Ga.

Holly Smith – Resaca, Ga.

Eric Webb – Unionville, Mo.

Lindsay Tasos – Madera, Calif.

Chelsae Olger – Ovid, Mich.

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