Garrett Burkett, 13 years old, captured the title of Champion Junior Showman yesterday morning in the Junior Breeding Sheep Show at the National Western Stock Show. Burkett is from Evansville, Wyoming and has been showing sheep for six years. This was Burkett’s third time competing here at the NWSS.
“The National Western is a great show,” Burkett said. “It’s a laid back, really fun show.”
Burkett has enjoyed the NWSS each time he’s been here, but this year was a little sweeter. The past two years he's shown here he’s been named Reserve Champion Junior Showman. The third time must have been the charm as he accomplished his goal of taking home the grand champion banner.
“It’s an exciting feeling knowing all of my hard work paid off,” Burkett said.
His success for the day wasn’t finished there though. Burkett’s ewe lamb also garnered the title of Supreme Champion Ewe.
Back in Wyoming, Burkett’s family owns Triple G Livestock. His favorite part of showing sheep is getting to see them as babies and watching them mature to the final product. Based on his success at the NWSS, it’s evident both Garrett and his sheep have a bright future ahead of them.