Tulsa, OK – July 23, 2015 – From breeding to competing, quality is reflected in everything Cherry Knoll Farm aims to achieve. During the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Built Ford Tough Complex of Tulsa’s Expo Square, 30 of Cherry Knoll’s finest cattle chased the coveted purple for their Junior handlers and owners.
“We are showing against operations that breed and sell hundreds and thousands of cattle every year,” Cherry Knoll Farm cattle manager Tim Fitzgerald said. “The success we had during the National Junior Angus Show speaks to the quality of our cattle, and I could not be prouder of the juniors and the hard work they put into showing day in and day out.”
Over 1,200 head of cattle competed in the annual event, yet it was Cherry Knoll Farm that nabbed many of the divisions’ top accolades. The six-day event was slated with a full schedule of cattle shows, showmanship competitions and an array of educational contests.
“This is easily one of the largest single-breed junior shows in the world,” Fitzgerald remarked. “It is a huge deal for the kids, and it is one of the hardest shows to win at. It was wonderful to see that they not only worked hard, but also were able to enjoy themselves with the activities that take place around the show.”
Although Tulsa was baking with a 100-degree heat index, the Cherry Knoll Farm team transferred the heat to the competition. Shelby Stabler of Maryland showed Cherry Knoll Classen 142 to the Reserve Grand Champion Bull, winning Class 4 of the Bull Show. The title marks the first major win of Stabler’s at the NJAS, and she attributes much of that success to the Cherry Knoll-breeding operation. It was his show presentation and numbers that made Cherry Knoll Classen 142 stand out above the rest.
“The bull was out of one of the cows we had bought from Cherry Knoll Farm, Cherry Knoll Elsa 8014,” Stabler said. “This win was special for me, especially because it is my last year showing as a junior, to win the Reserve Grand Champion Bull. It was cool to go out with a bang.”
Stabler and her family have been working with Cherry Knoll Farm for 10 years, breeding their stock to the Cherry Knoll-products purchased over the years. They do a lot of embryo transfer work with Cherry Knoll Farm. Stabler plans on pursuing her passion for angus cattle in the future, and the 20-year-old is working with her family to plan for their own sale this fall.
Trista Bates of Montana and Cherry Knoll Elisha 1146 claimed the Grand Champion Mature Cow/Calf title during the Cow-Calf Show. They took the win in Class 8, and then continued to impress the judge during the call back, where Cherry Knoll Elisha 1146 exemplified the Cherry Knoll genetics. Traveling from Virginia, Catie Hope and Cherry Knoll Princess 1314 also put in a top-notch effort, showed to the second place in the Cow-Calf Show to round out Class 4. Shortly after, Brody Fitzgerald and Cherry Knoll Product 1453 showed in the Steer Show, earning the second place for the Pennsylvania-native.
Brody and Cherry Knoll Lady 1481 took the second place in Class 2 of the Bred-and-Owned Heifer Show, yet it was brother Bryce Fitzgerald who took the Intermediate Champion title. He showed Cherry Knoll Rosebud 1454 to the top call in Class 14 and the division, returning later for the purple. Stabler also captured a good ribbon, finishing third in Class 8 with Cherry Knoll Pleasant Elsa 1439.
The success only continued for Cherry Knoll, with Tyler Coleman of California showing SR CKF Wendy 4006 to the Junior Champion Heifer in Division 7. Jera Pipkin (Missouri) and Cherry Knoll Lady 1467 finished third in Class 10 during the Owned Heifer Show, while Kathryn Coleman and Cherry Knoll Rosebud 1456 took the second place in Class 18. Coleman later won Class 46 with SR CKF Wendy 4063. Cherry Knoll Ark Pride 1451 concluded Class 21 in the fifth position, with Audra Montgomery of North Dakota as the handler. Although Savannah Levisay aged out during the 2015 National Western Stock Show, brother Calvin Levisay, carried on the family’s success with Cherry Knoll Lady 1443, ending Class 28 in second. Lexi Wright and Cherry Knoll Elsa 1430 completed Class 32 in the second place, and her brother Logan Wright captured the fourth place ribbon with Cherry Knoll Lady 1410 during Class 46.
Cherry Knoll Farm exemplified their high profile breeding genetics throughout the six-day event, and with a mere 37 cattle sold in the last year, out of a herd of only 50 head, the percentage of success was lauded by other breeders and juniors.
Margaret and Bob Duprey, owners of Cherry Knoll Farm, were unable to attend the 2015-edition of the show; however, the inclement traveling conditions did not keep the generous family from fulfilling their role as a diamond sponsor. Every exhibitor was presented with a Cherry Knoll Farm pullover, and the three cherries place inside a horse shoe could be seen throughout the concourse and barns. Cherry Knoll has been a loyal patron and consistent sponsor of the NJAS for nearly a decade. For Cherry Knoll, the children are the future, and the National Junior Angus Association and the NJAS excel the exhibitors’ education and success.
The Cherry Knoll operation is managed utilizing time-proven beef cattle production practices combined with progressive genetics and technology. Unbeatable customer service and a reputation for honesty and integrity complete the Cherry Knoll brand. For more information, please visit Cherry Knoll Farm’s website at www.cherryknollfarminc.com.