Written By: Hannah Ziegler, Director
As a local restaurant in my Ohio hometown would say, “We treat strangers like friends, and friends like family.”
As each board member arrived to the Portland Oregon International Airport each of us discovered just how much of the territory was foreign. However, after meeting with each other at baggage claim number four we felt right at home. Our first stop on our Great Oregon Adventure took place in Silverton, Oregon where we then toured Silver Falls State Park, strolled the very eccentric tourist town, and viewed the various fruit agriculture the town had to offer. The next day of adventuring began with breakfast at a local farm to table restaurant before heading down to Klamath Falls, Oregon, the host location for the weekends show. Following the check-in of 45 head of cattle between the junior and open shows, meeting up with some junior board candidates, and visiting with the rest of the membership, we headed to the Stilwell Ranch about 20 minutes from the grounds. The Stilwell’s prepared a delicious meal for the show attendees and exhibitors, and President Ethan Freund auctioned off various items to benefit the Western Limousin Exposition. Our third day of our grand adventure occurred in the wee morning hours on the grounds, the junior members took part in various activities including: the exploding watermelon challenge, a team relay race, and the legendary water balloon fight.
Then came our junior show, our judge was Mr. Wade Beckman of Idaho he sorted junior bulls, cow-calf pairs, and multiple females. Our show concluded late in the afternoon, but the fun had not ended yet. Each year the Western Limousin Association holds an auction to benefit the continuation of the show. The items offered included: many gift baskets, various pieces of jewelry, decorative items, and breeding packages on different bulls. The final day of our adventure began with the open Limousin show, judged by Mr. Clint Sexton of Utah. Following the conclusion of the show, the team traveled to Crater Lake, just 75 miles north of Klamath Falls, not only did we get to experience the beauty of the lake but we also got to observe the history of it.
The conclusion of our journey was bittersweet as we traveled back to Portland, Oregon to depart back to our home states. As board members, we do an abundance of traveling but I think we all can agree there is not another experience quite as rich in variety as traveling to the Western Regional Exposition. You really do come in as strangers and leave as friends when making the trip to Klamath Falls to visit the Western Limousin Family!
I’m sure you are starting to get things ready for junior nationals, as well as making sure everything is in your show box. We always make sure that there are the necessities, but what is something that you always keep in your show box that may be unconventional? We asked the Junior Board what an unconventional item that they must put in their show box before leaving for a show…
Ethan must always have hot sauce.
Callie always keeps 70% alcohol in her show box.
Randa always has a snack bag.
Dominic keep playing cards in his show box.
Aaron never forgets to put deodorant in his show box.
Katie always keeps makeup wipes.
Hannah has a laptop to work on homework or to watch Netflix.
Brooke keeps a roll of wire to put up panels and such.
What is an unconventional item that you always keep in your show box?
Our final scholarship spotlight is Randa Taylor. Randa received the Limi Booster, and the Ron and Carlyn Holland scholarship at the 2017 Junior Nationals. Her involvement within the Limousin breed has led her to attend Texas A&M University majoring in Animal Science, with a business minor. After graduating with her animal science degree, she plans on going to nursing school to become a pediatric nurse and have her own Limousin Operation.
Her involvement in the Limousin Breed throughout the years has helped her become more outgoing and meet a multitude of people around the world. Randa is involved in numerous activities at Texas A&M such as, Saddle & Sirloin, Texas Aggie Cattlewoman, Freshmen Leadership Experience, Houston Livestock Show Intern, and a College of Agriculture and Life Science Recruiter. Attending Aggie athletic games, Midnight Yell, and meeting some of the best people are just some of her favorite college experiences. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to “Learn how to manage your time!”
The water fights at the end of each week in the stalls is one of Randa’s favorite Limousin experiences. Out of the thirteen junior nationals Randa has attended, the 2011 Junior Nationals that was held in Amarillo was her favorite because it was the last one with her Nana. Her advice to juniors is to “Get involved in everything and step out of your comfort zone!” She loves passing those long drives to Junior Nationals by singing loud in the car to many songs. A fun fact about Randa is that she loves every Justin Bieber song and could eat Taco Bell for every meal!
Congratulations on your scholarships, Randa!
The National Junior Limousin Show & Congress is only a few weeks away! I hope that you are preparing for your satellite events, including Cow Camp! Since junior nationals is held at National Western, we thought we would include some questions about the National Western Stock Show! Take a look at these facts while preparing for Cow Camp! See you soon!
- The First Western Stock Show opened on Monday, January 29, 1906 and ran for 6 days. Around 15,000 people attended, and the Grand Champion Steer sold for 33 cents a pound, which was 23 cents over market price.
- In the early years, a rule was made that land grant colleges couldn’t be awarded championships.
- The Western Stock Show was intended to teach “The importance of good breeding.”
- The National Ampitheater (now called Stadium Arena) opened on January 18, 1909. It cost over $200,000, seated 6,000 people and stalls were built underneath.
- In 1910, they decided to require a “certificate of health” to exhibit all purebred cattle.
- There was no stock show in 1915 due to foot and mouth disease.
- The 1972 Grand Champion Steer “Big Mac” was disqualified due to being dyed black. He was earlier exhibited at the American Royal as a white steer.
- The show was expanded to 16 days in 1996.
- Attendance today is around 650,000.
- Each year National Western contributes $75,000,000 in economic revenue for Colorado.
- The National Western estimates $10 million in livestock sales take place.
Our next scholarship winner spotlight is Kaitlyn Boyer. Kaitlyn received the Award of Excellence Scholarship at the 2017 Junior Nationals. Her involvement within the beef industry led her to attend Iowa State University where she is studying Animal Science with a focus on beef production. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the beef industry where she can market and promote cattle, as well as share her passion with others. In addition, she plans to continue expanding her own herd of Limousin cattle and sell bulls throughout the Midwest.
The Limousin breed has substantially helped Kaitlyn succeed in college as well as other goals. She explains, “Throughout the years not only have I learned more about raising cattle, the beef industry and our breed, but I have also gained vital life skills such as public speaking, and more importantly grown very close to my Limousin friends.” While attending Iowa State, Kaitlyn is involved in numerous activities such as, being an active member of the Iowa State Block and Bridle club, the Secretary of the Collegiate Beef Team, compete on the Iowa State University Collegiate Meats judging team, and was involved in the Tradition of Excellence Sales Team. Her favorite activity is competing on the meats judging team because it has given her the opportunity to learn more about what is under the hide. Kaitlyn’s advice to those entering college is to get involved in clubs and activities that you enjoy, to make life-long connections with students and gain new experiences.
While many memories are made at Junior Nationals, Kaitlyn’s favorite was her first, the 2012 Junior National that was held in Iowa, because it was her home state and she had the honor to receive Reserve Champion Overall Progress Steer, with her favorite steer, Yogi Bear. Kaitlyn must always keep beef sticks from her family’s business in her show box because they take them everywhere! An interesting fact about Kaitlyn is that she loves jamming out to music, whether it is Garth Brooks or AC/DC, no matter what!
Congratulations on your scholarship!