Bertsch places at Denver Western National Roundup

Posted February 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Miller High School senior Brianne Bertsch placed well at the Western National Roundup held in Denver, Colo. January 9-13.

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State winners from the FCS contest–Brianne Bertsch of Hand County, Austin Larson from Kingsbury County, and Avery Johnson of Hughes/Stanley County–came together to form the competing team in the Consumer Decision Making Contest coached by Tracey Lehrke. The team evaluated classes of different consumer goods, gave oral sets of reasons, and worked together on a group think challenge. Brianne Bertsch was specially recognized for her third-place finish in placing with a score of 296 out of a possible 300.

This year 20 4-H youth represented South Dakota at the 2013 Western National Roundup. South Dakota’s presence was known throughout the event as every team in each of the contests, ranging from horse, livestock, and consumer decision-making, was recognized. 

Falyn Hogg, Hand County’s 4-H Youth Program Advisor, was the coach for the S.D. 4-H livestock judging team. Twenty-three teams competed in evaluating beef, sheep, swine and goat classes. All the South Dakota team members ranked in the top 25 within various contest divisions and the team won sheep placings.

Thirteen youth represented South Dakota in the horse judging, hippology, horse quiz bowl and horse demonstration contests. Scores from those events were combined to recognize South Dakota as the sixth high state overall.


BRIANNE BERTSCH received a judging ribbon at the 2013 Western National Roundup in Denver. Brianne, a senior at Miller High School, is the daughter of Brian and Natalie Bertsch.