Growing up we all find our passions, whether it be playing a sport or an instrument or anything in between. However, my passion was showing livestock. Every weekend my family and I would pack the trailer and jump into the truck and head off to a show.
My family and I would spend each morning and night, working and feeding my hogs, in order to be the best possible when show day rolled around. We would even have the occasional argument about if the barn was clean enough or if my mom should ever be able to judge a hog show.
However, after graduating from high school this all came to an end. Yes, I still show at a few jackpots and national shows, but being 1,200 miles away from home makes it hard to spend much time in the barn with my family.
It wasn’t until I moved away from home that I realized that I never truly took the time to thank my family for everything they do for me. To my parents, my brother, Nick, and honorary member of the family, Jace, thank you for everything you do for me. Thank you for traveling across the country to make sure that we all are successful. Thank you to my mom, for being the best show mom around, for always taking pictures and making sure I was to the ring on time. To my dad, for being the behind the scenes worker on show day, and making sure the hogs were always washed. Thank you Jace, for being the person who kept me accountable and going out of your way to make sure I was always focusing on the details. Nick, thank you for being the jokester of the family and giving us a laugh during the stress of show day. I love you all so very much.
If you are a part of the livestock industry, remember to always show your appreciation to your stock show family. As for without them you wouldn’t have the memories, and success that you have today.