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Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby inyati13 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:05 am

Congratulations to Morgan Phillips and Rocking P.

Got to meet Fire Sweep Ranch in person. ;-) I gave my girl Ronnie a big hug!!!
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:49 am

Simmental? Isn't that one of those exotic hobby breeds I've been reading about? :D
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:13 pm

Proud to report our daughter won a trustee position in the AJSA.
Got some good pics of Ron with Ronnie, but will have to wait to post them when we get back.... Or I get a few moments on my laptop to convert them.
We have had a great time, and the weather has been fantastic!!
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:00 am

OK, took a breath and was able to get a solid 7 hours of sleep last night, so here are a few shots of our National trip to Louisville this year.

Here is Ron holding his namesake, Ronnie. We had a great time with a Ron coming out and staying overnight to meet our family and see our cattle. He is a great person in real life, and quests for more depth about the breed and cattle in general.
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This is my oldest daughter getting ready to go into her class with Ronnie. She blows on the nose to get the heifers to put her ears up, right before the judge walks by so her head looks nice.
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This is my middle daughter on the very end, keeping her heifer in position and set up for the judge. The classes there were extremely competitive, with over 600 head of cattle showing up to compete. That heifer is a Feb half blood, and Ron might end up being the new owner of her when her career is over this summer. She is bred to our Steel Force bull I have pictured on here several times.
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This is our son showing his half blood heifer, Taylor. She is sired by Beef Maker, out of a first calf Pioneer angus we have. She was 49 pounds at birth, but was just as big as her age mates, and placed 2nd out of 11 in a very competitive class. She has the best set of EPD's also, so we are super excited about her.
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And some of the fun stuff the kids get to do while at nationals, the Fitting Contest. There were over 30 teams there competing, and our team took third place. They won gift cards to Sullivans, where they buy all of their fitting supplies. My daughter was on that team, that is her smiling.
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Overall, we had a fantastic time. Our oldest won a coveted Trustee position, won a $1000 scholarship (Silver Merit award), was 6th high placing individual, placed 6th in Cattlemens Quiz, 10th in Livestock Judging, and 7th in Public Speaking. Our middle daughter placed 2nd in the Cattlemens quiz, so super proud of her there. It was our son's first year competing (he is 9), so he still has some practice to do to get in the top 20. But we are super proud of all of our kids for a fantastic week.
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby branguscowgirl » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:48 am

Wow! Great accomplishments for the kids and wonderful pictures!! Congrats to all!
Very nice picture of Ron! He cleans-up well!! :lol: Handsome guy! ;-)
Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby torogmc81 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:57 am

Where in Illinois was it held? That doesn't look like the livestock center in Springfield. Duquoin?
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Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:50 am

torogmc81 wrote:Where in Illinois was it held? That doesn't look like the livestock center in Springfield. Duquoin?


It was in Louisville, KY at the expo center. A long 9 hour drive for us!!!
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:54 am

branguscowgirl wrote:Wow! Great accomplishments for the kids and wonderful pictures!! Congrats to all!
Very nice picture of Ron! He cleans-up well!! :lol: Handsome guy! ;-)
Thanks for sharing!


Thanks. Ron does clean up well, and was fun to visit with in real life. We had a long, heated discussion about the trait track system the ASA now has changed to (there is a thread on it), and it was fun to see him visit with several of the other breeders from MO about their programs.
And, he IS single ;-) :lol2: :lol2:
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby torogmc81 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:30 pm

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:
torogmc81 wrote:Where in Illinois was it held? That doesn't look like the livestock center in Springfield. Duquoin?


It was in Louisville, KY at the expo center. A long 9 hour drive for us!!!


Sorry, LOL, what's with the State of IL on the logo then, in the pics ron has up top, is that at a different event? :? (Questions coming from an Angus breeder, obviously)
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:00 pm

torogmc81 wrote:
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torogmc81 wrote:Where in Illinois was it held? That doesn't look like the livestock center in Springfield. Duquoin?


It was in Louisville, KY at the expo center. A long 9 hour drive for us!!!


Sorry, LOL, what's with the State of IL on the logo then, in the pics ron has up top, is that at a different event? :? (Questions coming from an Angus breeder, obviously)


Great question. IL hosted it in KY, since the event center was so close to the border (that is why the theme was Different Place..Same Dream). But IL is the state that put it on. I am pretty sure that is the first time a state has hosted a National Classic in a different state!
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:51 pm

Ahhhhhhhhh. Broadbent arena. I've spent a million hours there. Nice place for a show.
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby torogmc81 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:45 pm

Great question. IL hosted it in KY, since the event center was so close to the border (that is why the theme was Different Place..Same Dream). But IL is the state that put it on. I am pretty sure that is the first time a state has hosted a National Classic in a different state!


Leave it to Illinois to host an event in KY, no surprise there .... :?
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby inyati13 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:46 pm

torogmc81 wrote:
Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:
torogmc81 wrote:Where in Illinois was it held? That doesn't look like the livestock center in Springfield. Duquoin?


It was in Louisville, KY at the expo center. A long 9 hour drive for us!!!


Sorry, LOL, what's with the State of IL on the logo then, in the pics ron has up top, is that at a different event? :? (Questions coming from an Angus breeder, obviously)


I wondered about the State Of Illinois logo. Now I know.
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby inyati13 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:56 pm

Kris, her family and all the folks from Missouri are great people. I had never been to an event of this nature. It made a powerful impression on me. It is difficult to find the right words to pay tribute to the effort the Juniors put into showing their cattle. I was there toward the end of the event and the youngsters were tired. Late Thursday, I saw kids sleeping on cots, in chairs, on the floor, etc. Boys and girls alike sleeping in the same place for the purpose of getting a little rest. The love for their cattle is precious.

Thanks Kris. My girls love the brush you gave me. :D

BTW: Kris gave me a polite warning that maybe I should not be walking up to people's cattle and petting them. She said some owners are very particular about that. So Ronnie, Taylor and Margo got a lot of my attention. Kris has nice stock!
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Re: Junior Simmental Nationals

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:05 am

Bigfoot wrote:Ahhhhhhhhh. Broadbent arena. I've spent a million hours there. Nice place for a show.



It was nice, but FREEZING! Never would I think I would have to wear my jacket in the middle of July while at a cattle show.... NEVER. I swear the barn and arena were kept at 65 degrees the entire time!!!!!! brrr....
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