Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Super Hot Stock Show

So, we're still recovering from an incredibly busy (but fun) weekend. Last week was really crazy at work because we were days away from opening a little building called McLane Stadium and the weekend was jam packed. And did I mention Tonto was diagnosed with pneumonia last Thursday? Yeah, it was one of those kinda weeks. :)

By the time Friday evening rolled around, my brain was mush and we ordered pizza because an EARLY morning was looming. Like, we left the barn at 6:30am, y'all.

What we did not realize is that sweet Dottie - who celebrated her first birthday on August 21 - had gone into heat the day before we went to the show. And apparently that makes a heifer (and any other women - let's be honest) quite cantankerous.

As you can probably tell form her posture, she was just extremely excited about the upcoming showmanship competition.

She went into the ring and, the girl who is already the loudest heifer at the barn, proceeded to SCREAM the ENTIRE time. Taylor was absolutely mortified and her hot pink Magellan shirt was a sweaty mess by the time she got out of the ring. As you might guess, she was not AT ALL happy with her cow.

Beefmasters were the first breed to show so it was time to show in Class 2 very soon. And the girl went from distraught to super excited because she was her first BLUE stock show ribbon. Yep, FIRST in her class!

Now, these classes weren't large (many heifer shows don't have big classes) but she got a blue ribbon, a payout of $38 and a big boost in confidence. Which is really the main thing we were trying to accomplish, to be quite honest. When she reentered for Champion Drive, the judge told her "this heifer has a tremendous future and I hope to have the privilege of watching her progress."


Granted, each judge likes something different but sweet Taylor - and Dottie too probably - needed some sweet encouragement. And I'm so incredibly thankful they got it last weekend.

As we waited HOURS for the show to finish up (we didn't get home until almost 5pm) while temps climbed to 100 degrees, I realized something: stock show kiddos - and their parents - are VERY committed. Also, fat does not have a boiling point. Because if it did, I'd be a size zero today, friends. :)