Well, for the past few weeks my family, calves, and I have been traveling around the country attending the AJSA Regional and National Classics. In late June, we traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to the Eastern Regional. It was a great event with the top notch facilities of the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, and the “Hoosier Hospitality” of the Indiana Simmental Association.
We traveled up with another family from Alabama. This was their first regional show, so they were very excited. This also happened to be my last regional as a participant, so I felt a mix of excitement and sadness. We arrived the afternoon before the event began and set up tie outs.
The next morning, we arrived early to the grounds and began the laborious task of setting up the inside beds. We were in for a pleasant surprise, as the air conditioning was already on and we were able to comfortably set up. We had lots of room, and enjoyed being out of the heat.
Soon after, we started contests. We did a lot of “Sarah, how do you do this,” over the course of the week. I loved helping my two shadows with their contests, and they seemed to enjoy their time competing. We had a few interesting moments. I substituted my heifer’s price for one of our new junior’s heifer’s price in Sales Talk. We had been practicing so much, and his price just came out!! The buyers got an extremely good deal as they were offered my bred heifer for the price of his October baby. Nevertheless, we made it through the show with much success and many memories.
I got to practice fitting “race car style.” Our little group showed a Simbrah, followed by my big Percentage Bred and Owned, followed by a February 2013 Percentage, followed by and October Percentage. Needless to say, I think the Simbrah got the best fit job, and the February got the verdict of “she’s clean, let’s go.” Nevertheless, the little February made her way into overall Percentage drive, and her showman showed her like a champ! They will just have to wait a few months, and I’m sure she will start getting a piece of the pie in Grand Drive.
Next came the awards banquet, and its ice cream social and awesome prizes. Let me tell you, we had some cool stuff at Easterns this year. There were: Leather bootbags for Sales Talk, showheifer cutout wall hangings for the Quiz, blacked out show halters for Showmanship, ice chests for Judging, cash for Public Speaking, and a vast array of decorations, furniture, blowers, and showboxes for the Overall Awards.
Indiana did a great job with the event, and now I’m going to put in a huge plug for next year’s Nationals. They will be hosted by the Illinois Simmental Association in Louisville at the Expo Center. We all know how great those facilities are, and I’m sure Illinois will do an awesome job!!
Until next time,