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The Grand and Reserve Champions of the Calgary Stampede’s Junior Steer Classic say hard work is what allowed them to place where they did in one of the biggest Junior cattle showcases in North America.

12-year-old, Tommy Glover and his calf “Spook” from Elgin, Oklahoma took top honours in the 33rd Annual Junior Steer Classic.

Glover says a lot of hard-work got him to this stage.

“We had to wash him everyday, blow him, put him in the pens under the shade to make sure he was cool, scoop poop behind him,”

Reserve champion Toby Noble, from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan says he has learned quite a bit.

“You learn how to win and how to lose as well, that work ethic does pay off,” Noble said.

Noble plans to go on to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas next year to study Animal Science, he says he was surprised he finished as high as he did.

“I just kinda wanted to make the top six and whatever happened from there..happened.”

In being named Grand and Reserve Champions, Glover and Noble have both received scholarships towards their post-secondary education.

A total of 68 youth aged 9 to 21 took part in the annual event.

The classic is part of the Calgary Stampede’s commitment to develop the next generation of agriculture advocates.

Rural Roots Canada’s coverage of the Calgary Stampede Junior Steer Classic brought to you by the Canadian Beef Industry Conference.