Southdown Juniors > Scholarships
The American Southdown Breeders’ Association offers three scholarships annually to junior Southdown members to reward their work as Southdown breeders and to encourage participation in Southdown activities. The Scholarship is available to any American Southdown Breeders’ Association junior member who is pursuing an education after high school.
2016 ASBA Scholarship Winners
Casey Lobdell, son of Troy and Barb Lobdell of Darlington, Wisconsin, is a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he is majoring in animal science with the goal of working in the livestock industry as a nutritionist. Casey was one of the four finalists for the 2016 FFA Sheep Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency. Over the past three years he has won state FFA Proficiency production and entrepreneurship awards in Sheep, Swine and Diversified Livestock. He has twice been Supreme Champion Showman of the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Sheep Show and has also excelled at the All-American and North American shows.
Mackenzie Padgett, daughter of Lance and Juanita Padgett of Kirklin, Indiana, is a freshman at Lincoln Land Community College with plans to earn a degree in Agriculture Economics with a specialty in Pre Law to eventually attend law school. Having held many FFA offices within both her chapter and district, Mackenzie was also the high individual in the state Meats CDE and was on the 3rd Overall team in the national contest, as well as competing four years on the state team for the Livestock Judging CDE. Through 4-H she won multiple Southdown and overall ewe showman awards at the Indiana State Fair as well as champion breeding ewe awards.
Hannah Schultz, daughter of Keith and Becky Schultz, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, is a sophomore studying Media and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her ultimate goal is to write for a livestock publication or work for Farm Bureau of Wisconsin. Having held many leadership roles in FFA and winning four Gold-rated Sheep Production proficiencies, Hannah received her American Degree at the 2016 National FFA Convention. She competed at AKSARBEN on the county 4-H livestock evaluation team, has been on quiz bowl and skillathon teams, and won a skillathon division at an All-American Junior show.
Where are they now?
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Heather MeyersGrass Valley, CA
In 2008, Heather Meyers from Grass Valley, CA received an ASBA Southdown Scholarship. Her initial intent after graduating high school was to attend college and major in communications and someday have a career in either agricultural marketing or graphic design. As she attended California State University, Chico and studied communication design she started to realize what made her happy were the times she had a camera in her hand. Heather attributed her passion for photography at a young age from when her grandfather gave her a purple transparent camera for Christmas. Once she graduated, Heather moved across the United States to pursue a master’s degree in digital photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, New York.
Heather first began working for Social High Rise, a social media management company for restaurants. She became a team leader and managed social media accounts. However, Heather wanted to find a way to get back behind a camera where she was happiest. After assisting some friends as a 2nd photographer at weddings she knew she needed to go into business for herself. In 2015, she started Heather Selzer Photography and recently has taken that on full time. She specializes in portrait and wedding photography.
When Heather was 9 years old, her brother was in charge of taking care of an orphaned Southdown lamb from his FFA chapter. It didn’t take long for Heather to assume full responsibility for the lamb and from that moment on she has had a love for the breed. The next year, she used the Christmas money she had saved to purchase a ”starter flock”, a yearling ram and two ewe lambs from Lee Petty. As the flock grew, Heather focused on selecting sound, competitive sheep with good Southdown breed character. Heather appreciated the guidance she received from her local 4-H sheep leader, Jason Newbery. He taught her how to analyze and feed sheep. She further advanced her flock by selecting key genetics from Jeff Repasky and Pleasant Springs Southdowns. ”Jeff was also one who was always willing to help me out at shows”.
”The Southdown breed association is very family oriented and focuses on making it’s members feel like they are part of a community.” Heather wanted to help make juniors feel more involved too and became a Southdown Ambassador and worked with fellow Ambassadors to organize a Southdown Symposium at NAILE that focused on leadership and knowledge.
Heather has come a long way from her Southdown roots but explains that her experiences raising sheep helped prepare her for the real world. ”Taking care of animals beyond one’s self taught me so much responsibility, especially owning breeding sheep. You only take care of market animals part of the year. Having a breeding project is a 365 day commitment. Watching how my breeding selections and management decisions could create awesome sheep was very rewarding.”