Jake's Dad showed cattle, both Jake
and I showed cattle.
It was only a matter of time that our kids would start showing cattle. Nine years ago when Jacie was born I was teaching a group of students that are now getting married and having their own families. They all knew I hated video games and loved cattle. They asked "what if your kids don't want to show cattle and they want to play video games?" I'd laugh and say "oh, they will love it and I'll never let them play video games.". Late breaking news for all of you "Jacie loves showing cattle and still hasn't played a video game."
This was our first weekend out for the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic. Jacie has had a wonderful time. We were able to stall with some of Jacie's friends from school and it has made all the difference. Thanks for a wonderful weekend to all of the Sumner showman and families. I now must share a few photos, for our friends and family in Ohio.
|Jacie enters showmanship. To this point Jacie had never lead her steer more than 3 or 4 feet from her Dad or I. I was a bit nervous. Best advice I received this weekend came from another Dad "just let them go and they'll be fine". And he was right.|
|The Judge was asking her a few questions. She tells me later, he asked "what is his name?" She said, "New Moon". He said "oh, Newman". Clearly he watches too much Seinfield. Her face says it all.|
|Jaelin was a great support all weekend.|
|Jake dusted off his clipper box and realized how rusty he was at clipping. |
I am confident he will get his confidence and skills back soon.
|Jaelin - don't touch the hair. But I can't help it. I bet you are dying to know what is in that backpack. |
Sorry - it's confidential. (hee, hee)
|You still want to know, don't you?|
|Jake giving last minute instructions.|
|This is Mekenzie, she has been bittin' by the cattle showing bug. She showed all weekend, two steers and a heifer and also showed a heifer for someone else. She placed 6th in showmanship! She is a wonderful encouragement for Jacie. Thanks - Mekenzie!|
|Mattison has a very correct and beautifully marked steer. She is an excellent showman.|