B.C. youth wins big at Hereford show

B.C. youth wins big at Hereford show

OLDS, Alta. — The adults take notice when 16-year-old Cayley Brown leads one of her Herefords into the ring.

Brown, a seasoned exhibitor who has been showing since she was barely able to pat the muzzles of her cattle, has chalked up a series of impressive wins.

At the World Hereford Conference national show held in Olds July 17, she was awarded grand champion polled female and reserve champion bull up against seasoned competitors from across Canada. The female was also grand champion at the youth Bonanza show a day earlier.

A recent cross country move from Ontario to Princeton, B.C., where her parents, Phil and Catherine Brown, manage the Copper Kettle Ranch, has not fazed the vivacious teenager.

“I will be in cattle country so I’ll be able to do what I love,” she said between shows held July 16-17.

She has only eight cows but they have performed well.

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Brown won grand champion female at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto last November, and her national champion bull, CB 57U Can Doo 102Y, was named reserve bull.

“I really like showing. I am very competitive,” she said.

She bought her champion cow, WLB 36N Beth ET 452S, from Bill and Nancy Biglieni of Douglas, Man.

Biglieni stood second to her at the national show with the reserve champion female.

“I tell her, I hate showing against you girls. She is focused and tough to show against,” Biglieni said.

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However, he appreciates the teenagers competing in the junior and open shows because they are the next generation.

Lance Leachman, judge of the junior show, said he goes easier on the youngsters than he might competitors in an adult event. Some exhibitors are pre-schoolers and some may be showing for the first time.

Leachman, an alumni of the junior Hereford program, said he appreciates the value of youth shows because it teaches life skills and builds confidence in an adult world.

“It teaches them a lot of skills in hard work and responsibility,” he said. “A lot of those kids go on to be successful whether they are in the livestock or another career.”

The junior show was the first time a world Hereford event offered such a program. More than 100 young people entered with about 40 being international guests who had never participated in a junior event. Many of their associations do not dedicate activities for the younger than 21 group, said Gordie Klein, chair of the junior committee for the national Bonanza show.

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Bonanza, a national junior show run by the Canadian Hereford Association, is held in a different province each year. This international gathering was a modified version so that more youngsters could participate.