Stock Show Kids New Year Resolutions
Resolutions: love them or hate them, a New Year means resetting the clock and an opportunity to start new plans and projects. Most people talk about diet, exercise and maybe some travel. But what about livestock kids? Here’s the list for every stock show kid.
1. Be committed
Commitment is key to a great show year. Spend even more time in the barn, make sure all your equipment is clean and organized, and never forget why you started this amazing journey. Why are you showing? What does this mean to you? Revisit your story to remind you of your passions and rekindle your commitment for this year’s show season.
2. Pick up some tips around the shows
Each show has different rules, judges, and animals. Each stock show kid has a unique style of showing whether it be holding the halter differently or scratching the belly slower. Being supportive of everyone at shows is key and picking up tips from other stock show kids can help a bunch.
3. Branch out
Sometimes it is hard to go outside of your comfort zone and do things a little differently. But being a stock show kid means there is constant change. Try something a little different this year and go to a different show. Maybe even go to a show outside of the state! You never know, it might be the greatest decision you have ever made.
4. Be the best you can be
Discouragement can get us down when something does not go the way it was planned. Whether your show animal didn’t behave in the ring, or the judge was not in your favor, never give up on the animal that looks up to you so much. Always remember the times that got you down and use them to fuel your fire next time you’re in the ring. Show yourself and everyone around you how great you can be by using your mistakes and criticisms.
5. Love your animal
That one animal (or two, or three, or four) thinks you are the greatest thing around. You are that animal’s life and best friend so make sure this year you give that animal extra attention and love. Spend a few extra minutes a day brushing them a little more and maybe even giving them a little treat!