*Blogger's Warning: 1.) This post is picture HEAVY and 2.) I cannot figure out how to get rid of my highlighted text without totally using up the last of my daily allotted brain cells. Sorry!
I'm telling you, there were a few moments along the way that I wasn't so sure, but as every week passed Tink and her calves, LadyBug the heifer, and Jerry the steer, made improvements.
We couldn't have done it the week of the fair without the help of a very special family who leased LadyBug to us and allowed us to buy Jerry from them. The Achen family owns The Benton Dairy, one of two large dairies in our county. They are such a great family, and their two youngest go to school with Tink and Bear, so this made it even easier to work with them!
You have already met one of the family members, Annie, from my last post, but there are more members to meet!
Miss Christy helped with a Cloverbud excursion to The Benton Dairy, came out with Annie to help Tink learn how to set up each calf to show, and fine-tuned the grooming of both calves.
Mr. Nicholas also helped out at the Cloverbud event, taught the girls and a friend how to bed down the calves,and showed them how to wash the cows properly.
These girls were very serious about getting Jerry's tail C.L.E.A.N!
How did Tink do? Well......
First she showed Miss LadyBug. She earned a blue in her class and Reserve Champion Heifer!
Then she went out for Jr. Showmanship. She knew all her parts! Wooo! But the young man who won is Mr. Jack Achen, and he has a little more experience working with cattle than Tink right now. Great Job Jack!
Now it's Jerry's turn, and he won Champion Dairy Steer* (He was the only one in his class, BUT he is still a darned good looking steer!)
Because he won his category, he and Tink were called back in for the Grand Champion Drive! I about had a heart attack. You see, both calf and child have seen big cows from THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE, but neither one of them had actually been on the SAME side of the fence with the big boys! It's like sending your teenage driver out on the interstate in a VW Bug to drive with all the semi's. They both did fine. Whew!
Since everyone. including me, survived this round, she went out for Jr. Showmanship in the beef category. She did not win, but each time in the ring was really a win because she gained experience.!
So here they are all the next day. :-)
Done right? Momma can breathe a sigh of relief right? NOPE! We have one more event to make Momma cringe just a bit........THE BATTLE OF THE BARNS!
She had a blast and did not get hurt. Woo! I so need to learn to lighten up, but it's a whole different world when it's your child out there. Bill Cosby once said in one of his funny monologues about his children, "I brought you in to this world! I can take you out and make another one just like you!" Well, I'm not making any more, so I do tend to cringe just a bit when my girls are in new situations where there is a potential for getting hurt. Yes, I know. They make pills for this, and I have them for just such moments!
Ok, Now I'm done.....for now.....I have a few philosophical questions for you mothers out there, but I will save them for a later blog. Hope you will forgive a mother's indulgence with all the photos. You only have one first year of 4-H ;-)