Champion Heifer, Champion Steer, and Champion Senior Showman, the clean sweep and one of the highest goals for my 2019. With many shows behind me and many ahead of me I knew the Skiatook Local Show was my only chance, the last go round with the steer. As Friday night came my nerves filled me to the top, I don’t know if I was more excited or scared but I can tell you I felt every emotion on February 1st. Hogs showed first, then sheep, third was goats, and cattle rounded out the night. After the last goat class went in I knew I needed to sit down, take that final breath and moment in prayer then grab my comb & stick and grab the heifer. It felt like I was waiting in the holding ring for a lifetime but when the ringsman motioned to me to walk in my heart sank to the bottom of my body. My calf wouldn’t budge from the front gate. I knew showmanship starts the second you walk in the ring and my emotions were getting the best of me. Already flustered I yanked on the chain and she still wouldn’t move. My dad whispered from the side of the ring “kc calm down, just walk” so I did what he said and took a step, after that my Hereford Heifer, Marky and I moved as one. As the Show progressed my nerves eased and my hard earned success not only doubled, but tripled. By the end of the night I had achieved my goal of a clean sweep with the biggest smile on my face. For as big as I was cheesin’, I can guarantee my dads smile was even bigger, he is the owner of my biggest hugs received, and most proud high fives!
-Agvocate in Action, KC