Livestock is something that takes a lot hard work, time, and determination. At LHS we have students that not only show animals in 4-H but continue to show throughout the year at various different shows.
Junior Taylar Dale has been showing since the age of four. She enjoys the competitive part of it.
“It is something unique I have the opportunity to do when most people do not. It is my way of expressing myself essentially, some people play sports, sing, dance, paint, but I have the privilege of expressing myself in such a rewarding way. Some people tell me they could never do it, because at the end of the show you might have to auction off your animals, and it can be awful. I have a short about of time with my animals and the time I do have is incredible. Showing nationally gives me the opportunity to travel the united states with my animals and meet new people,” said Dale.
Sophomore Nathan Funk has been a part for 7 years. He started showing goats 3 years ago and now is showing at out of state shows.
“At a young age I always wanted livestock. At first, I owned rabbits and showed them. Three years ago, I convinced my dad to let me show a bigger animal. That is when I really got involved with goats. I now show them nationally, I have the drive to work with them throughout the year so they are at the peak for show time. My favorite show is the North American International Expo which takes place in Louisville, Kentucky in the month of November,” said Funk.
Not many kids keep showing after the fair season but the ones that do have to put in countless hours of dedication.
“I love everything about it, I love showing, feeding, cleaning, walking, breeding, everything really. It is just something I have been around since I was born and I have a passion for it,” said senior Brooklyn Pullen.
Students at LHS that show livestock, travel heavily for their shows and put in a lot of work preparing for those big events. These students travel to national livestock shows where their animals oppose against others.
“I spend about 10 hours a day at most working with my animals depending on how many I have in the barn at the time,” said Pullen.
It takes a lot to be a showman showing animals year-round. The amount of time and things they put into preparing and working with these animals is far more than people could ever imagine.