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4-H TOPS: Jared Lamle wins round robin

July 18, 2013

Jared Lamle, nine-year Whitley County 4-H member, of Union Township, won the Large Animal Round Robin Wednesday afternoon. Pictured above, Lamle shows an animal in the sheep division of the show. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — Jared Lamle is no stranger to the show ring.

Wednesday afternoon, Lamle had the opportunity to exhibit his livestock wisdom in the Large Animal Round Robin.

He took first place out of a field of seven showmen from each large-animal species.

“He’s very composed in the ring. That’s where he won it,” said Judge Cody Reikart. “To be able to keep his composure, yet still be very competitive and intense is where he excelled. That’s the enthusiastic intensity it takes to win.”

This year’s judge was a round robin winner himself. Reikart, of Lafayette, was in 4-H for 10 years.

While Reikart spoke highly of Lamle’s strengths, he also praised the work of his competitors.

“My suggestion to the rest of them — just keep trying,” Reikart said. “That was not an easy decision. They’re good at what they do and they all should be commended.”

Reikart said next year should be interesting, as many of Wednesday’s competitors weren’t 10-year members.

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