The Truth About Being Livestock Royalty
Several years ago, I began my journey as royalty for the particular breed of cattle that I show. Yeah, I know what you're thinking - a cow queen? We get it all the time - don't worry this phrase isn't anything new; however, before you start forming images in your head about what we possibly could do, I would like to clarify why being royalty for livestock is so much more than what you expect. It's truly more than just handing out awards and wearing a crown and a sash. Here's why:
You get to be an ambassador for the breed/species that you represent.
Being a royalty member has allowed me to be an advocate for the breed of livestock that I truly love. I have also been able to connect with industry leaders and become more knowledgeable about the livestock that I represent. It is also a great feeling knowing that there are little girls everywhere looking up to you.
You gain a countless amount of friends.
Throughout my years of serving as royalty, I have met and worked with many girls with the same passion as me. Finally getting the opportunity to serve as Queen, I entered the year nervous about the girls that I would have by my side. I wasn't nervous because of whether or not they were good people, but whether or not all of the girls would get along with one another. About three months into the year and I realized that I had nothing to be worried about. The girls that I have been able to serve with are some of the goofiest, but kind-hearted girls that I have ever met. I hear from one of these girls at least once a week and continue to hear how thankful they are to be surrounded by a group of girls so similar to them. We all live several hours from each other, but the bond between us all is inseparable.
You learn to be more passionate.
Being a leadership position such as this makes you realize why you are in this position in this first place. When you realized a passion for the industry put you in this role, you start to begin to be more passionate about the industry. Being around people in the industry that share the same drive as you begin to encourage you to be even more passionate about this way of life.
You gain responsibility.
Being a royalty member, one of your main duties is to make sure that awards get handed out properly throughout all of the livestock shows that you are involved in. Performing this task, you learn how to be responsible and keep track of what class is going through the ring and which awards go to which exhibitor.
You learn time management.
Between showing livestock and being royalty, you begin to learn how to balance your time and really well. You learn to get everything done in the barn in time on show day to make sure that you get to the ring in time to hand out awards for the show. You learn the perfect time to fit in those champion pictures during the show. Most importantly, you learn how to go from a girl working on her calves to a girl in a dress and ready for a luncheon all in a matter of about 15 minutes.
At the end of the day, being livestock royalty gives you the best of both worlds. You get to be an ambassador for a breed/species and follow your passions, but sometimes you get to even dress up a little. The title isn't really about the crown and the sash, but it doesn't hurt.