Hey everyone! We hope you all had a blast at the 2021 Shorthorn Safari! Junior nationals have come to a close, and we wanted to reflect on our week and share with you!
The 2021 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference is over, but I am so glad I was able to see so many smiling faces throughout the week, and I hope everyone is getting some much-needed rest. My week consisted of photos, photos, and more photos! I really enjoyed being able to watch the juniors as they participated and showed off their skills in contests, and especially the shows on Friday and Saturday. I am thankful for the opportunity to experience Shorthorn Junior Nationals, especially the behind-the-scenes and how much it truly takes to put on a national junior show of this size. It put things into perspective and makes me truly appreciate all the people who dedicated their time to put together the junior nationals that I was able to attend as a junior exhibitor. Juniors, be sure to thank your parents, and thank your breed associations, whether it be shorthorn or something else, for all the hard work they put in for you to be able to do what you love because without those people you would not have that opportunity.
To reflect upon this past week, overall, this was a great experience. I had a blast getting to know the junior board and candidates better, along with meeting the future of the Shorthorn breed. Being around the youth who are passionate and excited about the future of the Shorthorn breed, brings me joy to be able to empathize with them. Even though I was in the office much of the week, when I would venture out, I thoroughly enjoyed everything I saw. The highlight of my week was getting to see the State Cook-Off/Tailgate happen in conjunction with the cornhole tournament. It was exciting to see all the unique foods each state brought, as well as see everyone come together for a little friendly competition. All in all, I will never forget all the great people I have met through this journey and will always cherish this wonderful opportunity the American Shorthorn Association has given me to work for them.
This past week was definitely an experience I will never forget. I loved getting around to meet the juniors and creating relationships with the junior board members! Working as the registrations intern, most of my work was completed prior to leaving for NJSS; this allowed me to be able to help with many different contests. Prospector team salesmanship was my favorite contest to help out with for the entertainment factor 😉. The kids were all awesome and I loved being able to watch them make their sale. Friday and Saturday, most of my time was spent writing down and posting results for the show; it was great to be able to watch and support all the juniors. Overall, the past week was an amazing event to be able to partake in and assist with. I am so thankful for the people I met and the ability to work with the American Junior Shorthorn Association!