Starlight 4-Hers dominate lamb show

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Taylor Pancake, left, and Kara Saunders, right, won the grand and reserve champion prizes at Tuesday’s market lamb show, both representing the Starlight 4-H club.

ROME TOWNSHIP — Although this year’s market lamb show winners competed against each other, they also claimed victories for the same 4-H club.

Taylor Pancake, 16, and Kara Saunders, 11, won the grand and reserve champion prizes at Tuesday’s market lamb show, both representing the Starlight 4-H club.

Saunders, no stranger to the winner’s circle, took the grand champion title the last two years. This year, a reserve champ win, was Saunders’ third year competing.

“It feels good,” Saunders said of her win.

She said raising a winning lamb requires making sure all of its needs are met.

Pancake took the grand champion title, her first year showing a lamb.

“It’s my first year doing lambs,” Pancake said, noting she showed goats the last four years. “(Lambs are) a harder class to beat.”

Parents for both 4-Hers expressed pride in their child’s accomplishments.

Todd Pancake said he was proud of his daughter for taking on a new animal this year.

“It’s the first one we ever raised,” he said. “It’s not easy.”

“I’m excited and relieved it’s over,” said Kara’s mother, Debbie Saunders. “It teaches them responsibility and to complete something from beginning to end, and sportsmanship.”