This picture was taken Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Illinois Beef Expo and was 11 years in the making.
It was taken after my sister won Grand Champion Breeding Heifer, an honor we have all strived for since 2004. An honor that my brother and I hadn’t achieved in our years of showing.
This picture symbolizes the best day our family has had. This picture symbolizes the emotion swirling through the air that day. The snow. The early morning preparation. The pre-show jitters. The judge’s speech. The slap. The handshake. The disbelief. The hugs. The happy tears. The overwhelming sense of accomplishment.
It symbolizes a legacy my brother and I started that my sister ended. It symbolizes the amazing support we’ve received from other show families, and most of all our parents. It symbolizes the sacrifices made to get to this moment.
But most of all, it symbolizes the countless hours in the barn when nobody sees. The time spent learning everything there is about the breed and more. The encouragement from our parents.
They never missed a show. Even if it meant driving 14 hours one-way.
So, dad, if you’re reading this thank you for making our dreams come true. Thank you for teaching us “kids” it’s okay to lose, because one day, with a lot of sweat equity, the winner’s circle will feel even more amazing than the hurt of losing ever felt.
And to dad’s everywhere, you truly do have a special role in developing tomorrow’s leaders.
From myself and all of us here at AgriEnergy Resources, Happy Father’s Day weekend!