The crowd waited in anticipation to watch Westerfeld Belgians, Batesville, take home the champion title in the Six-Horse Hitch competition Nov. 16 at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition, Ellie Westerfeld, 11, and her horse, Barbie, won the Junior Cart competition that day.
Westerfeld’s parents, Travis and Shari, say that she is “passionate about basketball and her horses” and is always “helping with chores at their farm every single day.” The judge explained that he placed Westerfeld first because she “was a confident driver that showed knowledge and skill within the ring.”
The North American International Livestock Exposition is celebrating its 46th year as the sorld’s largest purebred livestock show. Equine, cattle, swine, goats, sheep and multiple other species are shown by exhibitors that come from across the nation to compete for a championship title they can bring back to their hometown.
NAILE also hosts numerous judging contests for 4-H, FFA and collegiate youth to test their skills against peers from all over the nation. Public speaking, livestock judging and quiz bowls are just a few of the opportunities these youth have to enhance their knowledge and talents within the agriculture industry.
The North American Championship Rodeo (Great Lakes Finals) were held Nov. 14-16 in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center. From bull riders to clowns, the top men and women in each category came to compete in the circuit finals of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association.