A Perfect day in September
2004, cool morning, severe clear day, lots of super good kids exhibiting
their love, affection and respect for each other, adult supervision,
nature and above all, their Farm Animals. You could not ask for anything
better. How many attended? Who knows? Definitely more than 100, probably
less than 1000 but enough to realize the future is in good hands.
Never in my life have I heard these words repeated so many times in one day, "Thank You Mr. Halliburton." Many Thanks Kids, you even got me to using that "Mr." part in a couple of the pictures below.
To all those that I failed to get in the pictures below, I apologize. Why is it that when you start looking through the pictures you always remember the shots you missed? It was fun and I did preserve a few memories.
|This picture is from out
near the entrance. Taken just after sunup and look how many early arrivals
there are. Cattle parking to the left, sheep & goat parking to the right.
About 5 acres each.
||This picture of early
arrivals was taken looking towards the barn from near the center of the
cattle parking area.
||You can tell by the
looks of the crew that weigh-in is going to be properly handled today. I
believe these are all Savoy Ag students. They did a great job.
||Hard to tell what is
going on here but I can tell by the attentive look that it is going to be
worked out and handled properly. A really good group of kids can always
handle it, especially if we adults stay out of their way.
|Thanks to the many
sponsors and supporters, our dream of a new Ag Barn can't be far away.
||Again, thanks to the
many supporters there were a lot of silent auction items.
||A picture from top row
of the bleachers inside the barn looking out through the trees towards the
cattle parking area.
||Part of the crowd looks
tense. Wonder what is happening in the show ring. First four from left to
right, Ashley from Wylie, Jamie from Bells, Andy from Wylie and Grannie
from Plano. Others I don't recognize.
Daisy & Heather. Daisy
exhibits her best pose for her beautiful handler. A great pair and the
bonding between them is far beyond anything you could wish for.
|Show Time is near.
Heather on the left enjoying the moment and Aunt Nette leading the heifer
reliving her childhood days. I agree Aunt Nette, they were good times.
||Those last minute touch
ups are all important. Aunt Nette gets in a few more strokes just before
Daisy & Heather enter the show ring.
||Daisy seems to be
looking her competition over pretty close. I'll bet she is doing some
thinking too. Like, you girls may be bigger now but you are older and just
wait a few montsh and I'll show you a thing or two.
|Wow! Look at that classy
little heifer leading the way.
First time in a show ring, well trained and leading those old girls around
like a pro. Good job Daisy & Heather.
||Mr. Halliburton, Heather
Heather & Daisy did a great job representing our breed.
|Speaking of representing
our breed. What do you think of this steer from the other gender? His name
is Bud and an extremely nice gentleman.
||Won't be long until show
time, we better put a few finishing touches on him. He's really looking
|Guess what folks? We not
only had the prettiest cattle, take a look at that Ag Teacher working with
the British White Steer. Yes she is
the one with the blow dryer, the young man to the left is one of her
students. Both from Plano, Texas FFA.
||Adam, Mom & Bud heading
for the show ring. I know you can't hear them but Mom is giving lots of
last minute instructions so there is no way we can fail.
||All those last minute
things are done and Adam is heading for the ring with Bud. Check that look
on Mom's face, she's probably thinking I forgot to remind Adam what his
name is. I'll bet they do good anyway.
||Bud is probably asking
himself why he always has to be seen in association with others that
appear so different. Can't we all just get along, be friends and judged on
our quality instead of color or other unimportant traits?
Daisy, Heather, Bud, Mr. Halliburton and Adam
No we didn't win it all but "Thanks to
Heather, Daisy, Adam & Bud" we were sure noticed and well represented.
Unless my eyes fail me I believe I can see both blue and purple color in
the picture. Many more folks now know what a British White looks like for
the first time, including the judge.
|All good days eventually
must end and the time is near for this one. Jamie, Andy, Daisy and Heather
head for the trailer.
Heather must hurry back home to Wylie, Texas. I believe I heard something about her being a member of the Wylie Rodeo Team.
it is the same young man at the halter in both pictures. I couldn't resist
pointing out his T shirt on the left and his reaction on the right when a
beautiful young lady gives him the eye. Apparently not much bite in the T
shirt expression, just a quiet subtle fishing expedition. I'll bet he also
likes to hunt and thinks dear is spelled DEER.
This is what everyone saw as they entered the farm & temporary show grounds. We hope they remember it and return again soon