Profile of a Champion: National Western Grand Champion Junior Market Steer – Ashtin Guyer

Get to know Ashtin Guyer of Robinson, Illinois – the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Junior Market Steer at the National Western Stock Show in our interview below! Guyer was selected Grand Champion Junior Market Steer last Thursday, January 23rd with her steer that came out of Class 5. Her steer went on to bring $155,000 to Ames Construction Company in the Sale of Champions which is a historic high at the National Western Auction of Junior Livestock Champions


Ashtin is an elite showman at a state and national levels – exhibiting cattle, hogs, and sheep; and she is very familiar with the big “Grand Champion slap” – one accolade being exhibiting the 2018 Supreme Champion Heifer at the North American Internal Livestock Expo with her Dad and Mom, Dave and Lucy and sister, Nalaney. Ashtin’s success and passion for the livestock and show industry helped her to also become a 2019 recipient of the Distinguished $20,000 Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University Scholarship.



What does it mean to you and your family to win the 2020 National Western Market Steer Show?
– This experience I had at the 2020 NWSS was like none other. Being my last year to show out there, I had a lot of emotions going through me. Being on the green carpet with a steer has been a dream of mine for a long time, and that dream finally came true when I was selected! I am still speechless and am so happy to have experienced this with my family!


What is a tip you can give to other exhibitors to help them achieve their goals?
– The one tip I always give to other exhibitors is to never give up and follow their dreams because dreams do come true! It takes many late nights and early mornings, but it is all worth it in the end. I also tell them to find a role model to look up too and have them there for anything they may need because there is nothing better than those role models. I know I have had many through the years!


Do you have a show day ritual?
– I really don’t have a show day ritual. On show day my family and I will get up and do what we know best to give it our all in the show ring.



What does showing with your family mean to you?
– Showing with my family means the world to me. I can’t express enough how it feels to be accomplishing these goals and dreams alongside the people I love the most! It is the greatest feeling knowing that I have a great support system behind me, and I know they love this industry just as much as I do!


What are your future goals?
– I plan to end my showing career in the next few years, and then continue to help the next generation of exhibitors accomplish the things I have been fortunate enough to accomplish in my life. I am currently a freshman at Lake Land College where I am on the livestock judging team and studying Ag Business. After graduating there (Lake Land)  I plan to attend a four-year university.


Who would you like to thank for helping you achieve this great accomplishment?
– I want to thank my family first. If it was not for them and their belief in me, then none it would be possible. I also want to thank those others who helped me in the barn for countless hours. Your support has not gone unnoticed!


Congratulations again to Ashtin Guyer on your Grand Champion Junior Market Steer at the 2020 National Western Stock Show!