CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Travis Byers was all smiles Friday night.
Byers, 17, of Shippensburg, Pa., won both the senior class and Grand Champion honors at the 4-H/FFA Dairy Cattle Showmanship competition at the Franklin County Fair.
Dressed in all white, as is customary for dairy shows in the state, Byers settled his prize-winning Holstein named Qiana down in her stall inside one of the dairy barns after the competition.
Byers said it felt good to win, especially after not doing so well in other shows this year.
"This year hasn't been too good," said a humble Byers, who is an FFA member. "I usually get in the bottom half of the showmanship, and I'm really surprised that I got in the top half this year."
Byers said it takes the better part of a year to train a heifer to perform in the ring. Getting started at the beginning of summer, he said he had to spend about two hours a day halter-breaking Qiana, then had to walk with her a lot to get her used to cooperating with him in the ring during shows.