We caught up with Mr. Austin Thompson after he judged the NJSA Gilts at the 2022 Natinal Junior Summer Spectacular. Check out his thoughts below…
What class was the deepest?
There was two classes that stick out to me. The first one was with grand overall gilt and the reserve division two gilt, they were first and second in that class. The other one I recall was with the reserve duroc and two other top five division placing gilts.
Toughest placing/call of the day?
The toughest placing for me was that class with three gilts placing in the division. All three of those were class winning caliber gilts and was a lot of fun to sort because of their quality yet vast differences they had.
Did any breeds/divisions surprise you?
I expected the top end quality to incredibly good but I would say the depth all the way down was awesome to see.
For you, what was the most memorable moment of the show?
The whole experience is what I’ll take home from the show. This show was the only show as a kid my family went to outside of our home state of Kansas, it meant a lot to me and my family to get to judge.
Past Recap Interviews
- THE RECAP – Austin Thompson – NJSS NJSA Gilt Judge
- THE RECAP – Josh Brockman – NJSS NJSA Barrow Judge
- THE RECAP – Ryan Sites – The Exposition NJSA Gilts
- THE RECAP – Ryan Watje – The Exposition Team Purebred Gilts
- THE RECAP – Will Hilty – The Exposition NJSA Gilts
- THE RECAP – Seth Keplinger – The Exposition Team Purebred Barrows
- THE RECAP – AJ Genter – The Exposition NJSA Barrows
- THE RECAP – Jason Lackey – The Exposition Crossbred Gilts
- THE RECAP – Maverick Squires – San Antonio Barrows
- THE RECAP – Jeremy Cantrell – Rodeo Austin Barrows
- THE RECAP – AJ Genter – Houston Barrows
- THE RECAP – Austin Thompson – Houston Barrows
- THE RECAP – Brian Arnold – San Antonio Barrows
- THE RECAP – David Korb – San Angelo Barrows
- THE RECAP – Willie Kirkpatrick – Texas Elite Showcase
- THE RECAP – Doug Albright – San Antonio Purebred Gilts
- THE RECAP – Seth Swenson – LSU Livestock Show
- THE RECAP – AJ Genter – Dixie National Barrows
- THE RECAP – Travis Platt – Fort Worth Barrows
- THE RECAP – AJ Genter – NJSA SE Regional Purebred Gilts
- THE RECAP – Nick Hofschulte – NJSA SE Regional Cross Gilts
- THE RECAP – Cody Hayes – NJSA SE Regional Barrows
National Show Exhibitor Spotlight
We Caught up with Ms, Karlina Tanin exhibitor of the Grand Champion Market Hog at the Colorado State Fair. Learn more about Karlina below…
Tell us a little about your champion:
My pigs name was Silver Bullet. SB actually got really really sick unexpectedly about two months before show day and it got so bad that we thought he was gonna die. When he finally got back on the mend, he started looking better than ever. They say the good ones always have a story!
First person you hugged after your win?
My best friend who came down from Oklahoma, Emma Throck.
Who is another exhibitor you admire?
I have always admired Ella Bobell and the family as a whole. The Bobells obviously knows what they’re doing and they do it so gracefully at an elite level, yet with such humble attitudes which is very respectable.
Favorite Fair Food?
My favorite fair food is probably fried pickles or ice cream.
Favorite Pump Up Song:
Get Low or Bad to the Bone
- Karlina Tanin
- Renee Conklin
- Hunter Shike
- Brayden Peter
- Addison Neshem
- Bostyn Bailey
- Sydney Hanson
- Leyton Elmquist
- Jillian Woodruff
- Gavin Branderhorst
- Owen Hege
- Rilynn Buesing
- Delaney Runner
- Emma Hartman
- Macy Norton
- Kate Cooper
- Logan Deel
- Harper Yoder
- Caroline Palmer
- Taryn Hoppa
- Oksana Gossard
- Zander Ivey
- Alivia Ritzler
- Jami Hoblyn
- Scarlett Belknap
- Reece Theobald
- Ella Bobell
- Holly Howard
- Riley Rodibaugh
- Amanda Miklasewski
- Hallie Hege
- Kade Smith
- Ksylee Jaworski
- Brigham Bunt
- Landry Rodibaugh
- Maria Frasch
- Tate Welch
- Breckyn Bloomberg
- Emma Sims
- Brodie Wheeler
- Nick Aulbach
- Brenna Dryer
- Miles Hannan
- Cara Greiner
- Hudson Bell
- Alex Fox
- Brayden Lancaster
- Landry Medley
- Renee Conklin
- Rachel Leary
- Adam Gillis
- Colby Gillespie
- Courtney Jackman
- Hunter Logue
- Elijah Keplinger
- Dyllyn Tigges
- Carmen Malena
- Brooke Fort
- Brody Hege
- Harlie Mabry
- Kadyn Braaten
- Emily Myers
- Hayden Everhart
- Bradshaw Bunt
- Amanda Miklaszewski
- Brantley Platt – Champion Purebred Gilt, 2023 NJSA Southeast Regional
- Abi Lillard – Grand Champion Market Hog, 2022 American Royal
- Deegan Sheldon – Supreme Champion Breeding Gilt, 2022 American Royal
- Drake Fletcher – Grand Champion Barrow, 2022 IL State Fair
- Brayden Bowers – Grand Champion Gilt, 2022 WI State Fair
- Abi Lillard – Grand Champion Market Hog, 2022 Kansas Junior Livestock Show
- Brayden Bowers – Supreme Breeding Gilt, 2022 Aksarben
- Deegan Sheldon – 3rd Overall Purebred Gilt, 2022 NJSS
- Jancy Rippetoe – Reserve Grand Champion Barrow, 2020 American Royal
- Drake Fletcher – 3rd Overall Team Purebred Gilt, 2020 National Junior Show
- Drake Fletcher – Supreme Champion Breeding Gilt, 2020 American Royal
- Brantley Platt – Grand Champion NJSA Gilt, 2020 National Junior Show
- Brantley Platt – Reserve Supreme Champion Breeding Gilt, 2020 American Royal