UFA Country Classic is Josephburg Ag Society’s premier ‘youth in agriculture’ event. Having started in the late 90s, the beef show is a major stop on the Junior Show Circuit. Close to 120 head of beef cattle entered the 2016 show and it has grown to the point where an open division was added. The interest in this show, in particular, is strong as it is a test run to summer cattle shows. More than 100 young people and their families come from across the western provinces for a chance to both learn and compete in Josephburg. It is the largest cattle show in Strathcona County and a long-standing component of the Junior show circuit.
The 2016 Horse Show doubled in participation. Partnered with the North Country Horse Show Circuit, close to 90 exhibitors supported the UFA Country Classic, the first circuit show of this year. The weather co-operated. The venue was more than accommodating. It’s fair to say that a good time was had by all. Preceded by the Sunday show JAS offered a Saturday horsemanship clinic. The clinic was well attended, a great way to warm up for the show and nice start to the show season.
The 2016 horse show had five divisions, each offering their own high point opportunity. New was the 4-H Division. Generous sponsors helped provide custom-made Country Classic buckles for high point and leather halters for reserve high point in each of the five divisions. Walk trot and lead-line exhibitors were presented with donated ‘incentive’ gifts after their classes. Halter and performance stake classes were well supported with first, second and third place winners receiving cash prizes.
2017 will see the Horse Show back at Birch Bay Ranch for the Country Classic weekend eliminating any need for a ‘rain out’ date change. Consideration will be given to adding cash prizes to all classes and or the possibility of offering a two judge show and consideration to adding trail, driving and reining classes.
Entry forms for the Beef shows and Horse shows will be online starting April, 2017 .