Winners Circle

The week of August 23-29th is the Benton Franklin County Fair, commonly known as the Best Week of Summer. Tuesday was market, Anna was showing FFA, and her and Cupid were Reserve Champion in market. This is Anna’s first year showing FFA and she did great. The coolest part is that Cupid is a calf she raised out of her cow, so a bred and owned calf. It is always awesome to win, but to win with a calf you raised out of your own cow is even cooler. Jaxsen won his class and got to come back, Kaine was third. Kade and Ady also won their classes and got to come back. Ady was Reserve Champion 4H. All of the kids did a great job. Wednesday was showmanship and then open cattle. FFA was first again, Anna was Grand Champion and got to go to the round robin. My boy Kelten was Reserve Champion Senior. Kaine made it back to the championship round in Intermediate, Kade’s steer, Clark, did not like the pigs and was next to them. So he did not do great in showmanship and was middle of the class.  Jaxsen, Natalie and another member of our 4H group, Emmet, all made it back to the championship round in Jrs. Natalie was grand and Emmet Reserve, all of the kids showed great. Ady and Julian also did a great job, their steers just were not working with them. Then we had PeeWees and the kids all showed their heifers.  We also had some good friends bring their kids in to show as well, so we had a full pee wee class. Kasen’s heifer, Peanut Butter, was grand champion Hereford heifer. Anna’s heifer, Belle Star (or 6 like we all call her) was Grand Champion Angus heifer and overall heifer. Kade’s heifer Vixen was Grand Champion AOB heifer. Jay’s bull, who Toni wants to steal, was Grand Champion Hereford bull and Supreme Champion Bull.  Toni told Joe he looked bad and that Joe should just give the bull to her. We convinced her that Joe will probably just let her borrow him so she can stop trying to convince him his favorite bull isn’t any good.

July 31st – Aug 1st we were at the Sagebrush show in Ritzville. Saturday we had the steer show in the afternoon, so we did not have to get up too early, just around 6, and then got all 20 head washed. The steer show was good and Kicker got there in time to watch. Kade got first in his class and made it back to the championship round. Kade, Anna, Kaine, Ady, Natalie, Julian and Brad all made it back to the feeder steer class and Ady was 4th overall. Anna was 4th in the char class and Kade was 5th. Sunday we were up early since we had showmanship and the heifer class. Peewees were first, so Kasen, Savannah and Kayla. Macey, Josslin’s daughter, showed Kayla’s heifer Rosey is the advanced PeeWee class. Then we had Juniors, Ady, Jaxsen and Julian all made it back to the championship round, Natalie also showed really well, her heifer was just being a pill. Ady was Reserve champion and Julian was in the top 5. Kade and Anna made it back to the championship round for intermediates, Kaine and Addy also showed really well but did not make it back. McCall made it back in the championship round, McKenna and Brad did a great job showing, and this was Brad first time showing a steer, so he did an exceptional job. The heifer show was good too. McCall’s heifer that she took to Jr Nationals in Nebraska won her class and Kasen’s heifer Peanut Butter got second in hers, so they both made it back to the final drive. The rest of the heifers showed great and stood all right in their class. Everyone had a great time. Grandma, Joe, mom, dad, Mar and Ben even all made it down to watch.  Lots and lots of people showed up to support Alan and this show, to show their affection for Leslie Alexander. There were 133 entries and so many spectators it was amazing, especially in light of how hot it was.  Jana did a fantastic job keeping this show moving forward. We packed up and got ready to come home. The funniest part was when Pete tried to dive his pick-up with a loaded trailer to jump the ditch and got high centered.  It took about three or four men to figure out how to get Pete unstuck. Very amusing. 

July 24-25, 2021 we were at the Summer Sizzle in Walla Walla. The three fall heifers were first, Natalie, Addy and Julian, they all did great. Then Kaine with his red clubby heifer and were followed by Anna and her Angus and Kaine and his clubby. They all did a great job. Then an hr break and steers by weight. Jaxsen had Dagger, Kaine had Kid Curry, Kaine had Ike, Anna had Sundance Kid, Aka Pumpkin, Natalie had AJ, Addy Shrek and Julian Speedy Gonzalez. Kade made it back to the championship round. Kade and Anna both had Charolais influenced steers, and Anna was Reserve champion and our cousin Parker Grand champion. Good job everyone. Sunday we had showman, youngest to oldest. So our Peewees, Kayla and Savannah, then the Jrs, Kade, Jaxsen, Natalie, Addy and Julian, Kade was Reserve champion in showmanship, Julian and Natalie also made it back.  Kaine and Anna were intermediates.

July 9th – 18th, 2021 we went to Grand Island Nebraska for the Angus Jr National Show. The kids, Jay, Leslie, Traci and I had a lot of fun in Nebraska. The kids included the Twins (McCall and McKenna), Anna, Kaine, Kade, Natalie, Savannah and Kayla. Saturday Traci, the three younger kids and I should have beaten the other 7 there by an hr, but with all of the delays they beat us there by an hr. Basically Saturday and Sunday we set up everything, washing the heifers and got ready for the week. While in Nebraska the kids participated in Livestock Judging, Kaine and Natalie both got 6th in different divisions. Kaine and Kade were in the same division, and Kade got 29th out of around 100 kids and Anna got 49th in a different division out of about 150 kids. They all participated in the knowledge bowl except Natalie, and the senior team, the Twins, Kacey V. and Sydney R. made it to the final round. The final round is like a jeopardy round. The 4 younger kids did the skill a thon and the two boys did Team Sales with Cora T. and Hadlee B. They had a lot of fun. The kids also went to a social and met lots of new people. The 4 younger kids participated in the mentor program. They showed their heifers and all showed great. We shopped in the booths and had a grand time. The Twins flew back with us, and Leslie, Jay, Anna, Kaine and Kade drove back. It was actually more like 9:22 when I got home. 


May 20th we had an all breed jackpot. We started with PeeWees, Kasen came up and showed his heifer, in addition to Savannah and Kayla. The twins did really good, they were 3rd and 4th overall for Seniors, this was their heifers first show, and they were making dramatic improvements each time they went in. Anna was 3rd overall in Intermediates. There were two classes of Jrs, Kaine, Kade and Addy were in the first one and Kaine was brought back, Kade was 3rd and Addy was 4th, the judge really worked them and Kade almost made it back. When the judge released the first group of kids out of the ring Addy’s heifer wanted to go with them, so she did really good the first half and then she was acted up for her the second half. But Addy handled her really well and did a great job. Jaxsen, Julian and Natalie were in the second class of Jrs. Natalie made it back and Jaxsen and Julie did not, but they all showed really well.

May 18-19th we headed to Ellensburg for the Jr Angus Preview. The kids had Team Sales and Team Fitting they participated in. The boys had a Jr team with Jaxsen, Kade, Kaine, and their friend Emmett (who is kind of like another cousin).  The boys were 1st in Team Sales, they were all very excited, Jaxsen commented that he pulled the rest of the team, but no one really believes that since it took all of them.  The two team fitting teams did really well too. Following the contests we had showmanship. We started with PeeWees and Savannah and Kayla showed. There was only one class of Seniors, the twins showed really well. Anna was grand champion Intermediate showman. Kaine made it back to the champion round in Jr, Natalie, Jaxsen and Kade all showed really well. Saturday we had confirmation, steers were first, we only had one Angus steer, Jaxsen’s steer, Dagger. He made it back to the champion round. Kaine’s bred and owned heifer won her class and made it back. Natalie heifer made it back to the champion round, Savannah heifer was barely out, in 3rd place. Kade and McCalls April heifers showed great (I was leading heifers up and did not see them place). Kaine’s March heifer was 4th and I think McKenna was 5th. Anna’s heifer was second in her class, so she made it back in. And Kade’s December heifer was a division winner.

May 28-30th, 2021, we went to Ellensburg for the Jr Angus Field Day. Anna, Kaine, Kade and Sydney Rylaarsdam competed in the fitting contest. Natalie and Jaxsen helped Eric as the judge. After that the show started, with PeeWees, then seniors, intermediates and then Juniors. All of the kids showed great, Anna was the Intermediate champion and Kade was the Jr Reserve champion. In confirmation, Jaxsen showed his steer first, he was third steer overall, and 2 months younger than the rest of the steers (in registered classes it is by age and not weight) so that was really good. Kaine had a bred and owned heifer, she was second in her class, so she went back to the championship round. Natalie and Savannah’s heifers were our first class of owned heifers. They were first and second in their classes, so both got to go back. Both of Kade’s heifers were second in their classes, so they both came back. Kaine’s Cox heifer was third in her class, so she did not get to come back. Anna’s heifers were 1st and 5th in their class, so one of Anna’s got to come back. All in all a great show. Then we packed up and headed home.

May 5th – 9th, 2021 we went to the Spokane jr Livestock show.  Thursday we had market and prospects in the afternoon. WA grown had asked Anna about interviewing her for the show and recording her show. So they came and did some interviews, that was fun and good for the industry and promoting the show. Prospects showed first, Anna had 3rd overall 4H prospect, Kade was 4th in the class and Kaine was 5th. So not bad. Then in market everyone placed well, but no one went back. Kaine and Kade were in the lighter classes, Anna and Ady in the middle, and Grace, Adrian, Natalie and Julian were in the heavy range. Friday we had fitting and showing in the afternoon. All three of our jrs, Ady, Natalie and Julian made it back to the champion round. Julian was 4th overall and Ady was 3rd. Adrian, Kaine and Kade were Intermediates. Kaine made it back to the championship round. Anna and Grace were Seniors, Anna made it back was and was grand champion. All of the kids showed great and we are proud of all 8 of them. Anna, Kaine, Adrian and Grace all had steers from us.


April 10th, 2021 we were at the Garfield County Spring Preview. We were up half the night due to the howling winds. We woke up to wind, so we washed the steers in the wind. Then it rained, hailed and snowed, while the wind blew. Welcome to Pomeroy. Every year at this show the weather is crap.  Despite the wind and cold the kids all showed great. Anna got third in her class with Sundance Kid. Anna, Kaine, Kade, Ady and Julian went back into the championship round in showmanship. Savannah and Kayla got to show in PeeWee. And Savannah picked out the grey/blue pig she wanted.  We were told there were 83 head of cattle at the show and 50 some pigs for the jackpot pig show going on at the same time. The show was great and we all had a great time. We got to see people and catch up.

Saturday November 7th, 2020, Leslie, Traci, Anna, Kaine, Kade, Julian, Ady, Natalie, Marlo, Ben and I went to the Western Showcsae Jackpot, held in Eltopia, WA in 2020 due to COVID. There were LOTS of cattle at the show since there was actually a show. Steers were first, Kaine got second in his class and went back to the championship round, the classes were huge. Ady steer got 10th, Julian 8th and Natalie 11th. There was lots of competition. Then the heifers, Kade heifer Calamity Jane was first, the heifers we had bought were a little thinner then show shape, so they did not place super, but they acted great so we considered that a win. Then Kaine and Anna with Alanis and Belle Starr, and then Kade and Anna with Vixen and Lottie Dino. Lottie was 4th in her class, Vixen and Lottie were heifers we raised so that was great. Ady showed Emmy and she got 2nd in her class, Emmy is Savannah’s heifer, but Savannah is a PeeWee so could not show her in the breeding class. So Emmy and Ady got to go back to the championship round. In showmanship, Savannah showed Emmy in PeeWee, and did AWESOME. Kade showed Calamity, and got called back, Kaine showed Alanis, and she showed great, but Kaine did not watch her feet good enough, but he still did a good job. Natalie showed Rocky (her steer not our old bull), Julian showed the Flash and Ady showed Emmy, who was now tired and cranky. Anna showed Lottie, who was also tired and cranky. Overall, everyone did awesome.

Saturday Aug 22nd, 2020 we went to the Corona Classic Protest. Bill Cox was the judge, we had 2 peewees, 4 juniors and 4 intermediate showman. Everyone did great and all of the animals showed well.  It was our last real show of the year, so we turned the show heifers out when we got home. They thought that was great until it was feeding time, then not so happy. They came up behind my house and wanted to know where the grain was hiding.

Monday August 17th, 2020 was a great day, even though it was HOT. We were at a secret steer show, and the kids had a blast. Anna was grand champion in Market, Kade was Reserve, Ady was third in the same class they were in, Julian was 4th in his class, and Kaine was 5th. In Fitting and Showing, Ady was Grand champion Jr Showman, Julian and Chicken Nugget did Great, Kaine was Grand Champion Showman, Anna was Reserve, and Kade showed so well he also had him in the championship picture and had him come back to the overall class. Anna, Kaine and Kade were in the top 5 showman out of all ages. Toni and I competed in the adult showmanship, I thought that Freddy was going to die from the heat, the poor guy was panting, but Toni and Goldmember were Grand champion and she got a whole bucket full of stuff, and Andy Williams was Reserve, Freddy and I were in the top 5, along with Lori Williams and Floyd Lewis.

Due to COVID-19, 2020 was a much different year, we learned how to show in virtual shows, the Spokane Jr Livestock show was canceled in May. Most shows in WA were canceled in person, however, we did travel to Idaho a few times and show. Below are some pictures from the virtual shows.

Saturday July 4th, 2020, Happy 4th everyone, Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade, McKenna and I headed to New Plymouth to a livestock show. They started with showmanship, oldest to youngest, so McKenna and Foxy were first, they did great, it was a really hard class. Then Intermediates, Kaine and Austin and Anna and Freddy were both in the same class and made it back to the championship round. Lastly Kade was a Jr in Idaho, him and Goldmember were awesome and were the champion Jr showman, and 4th overall for all ages. Next was Market, Anna and Kaine were both third in their class and Kade was fourth, they all showed really good. Kaine was asked to show someone else’s steer too, since there were two in the same class, and he did a great job showing that steer as well. McKenna and Foxy were 4th in their breeding class, but we had a lot of complements outside the ring about Foxy, and she was recognized from her Sasquatch Showdown win video. There were a couple of WA kids there, and 4 in the 509 show circuit, and all of them made it at least back to the championship round, and two won their divisions, we are happy and proud of all of the kids.

Wednesday June 18, 2020 Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade, Leslie, Traci, Natalie and I headed to Filer, Idaho for the Jr Angus show and the Jr Idaho Beef Expo. Showmanship was Friday, Natalie showed first, since it is by age, she did really great, Kade was called back, but his heifer did not show well in the championship round, and Kaine also showed great but was not called back. Anna showed in the Jackpot showmanship, so that was at around 7:30 that night. Her and Freddy were Reserve Champion Intermediate. She then went back in for overall showman, at around 8:06, Traci had said she would show at 8 so she said she called it. So it was a long day when we got done. Saturday was the breeding and market shows. The show started at 9 with bred and owned Angus, we only brought owned Angus, so we started around 10:30. Natalie had the youngest heifer, so she was in the first class, she got second, so got to go back for the championship drive in that division. Anna was next with Tilly, Anna did a great job showing her and Tilly looked good. Kaine and Kade were next with their March heifers, there were so many March heifers they split the class, Kaine was in class 30 and Kade in class 31. Both of them showed really well. The steers showed late afternoon, Smithers and Kaine were in class 3, they got third in their class. Anna and Freddy and Kade and Gogol were in class 4 (there was a division championship round in between the two classes) Anna was second in the class and Kade was 5th. All three of the steers showed really well. Freddy and Anna went back into the division championship round.

Sunday November 17, 2019 we had a KT Invitational, basically we invited the members of our 4H group and a few others. Josslin and Macy came, Bella, Adrian and Emmet. Macy showed her heifer, I don’t know what her name is yet, Bella showed Kade’s steer Nigel, Adrian showed Kade’s steer Goldmember, Emmet showed Kaine’s steer Austin, Anna showed her Texas steer, Sir Freddy G, Kaine showed his Montana steer, Smithers, Kade showed his Evergreen steer, General Gogol, and Jaxsen showed the clubby heifer, Foxy. We all had a great time, Adrian won market with Goldmember and Kade got Reserve with Gogol. Anna won showmanship and Kade got Reserve. We had volunteer judge Heidi Shattuck, and she really worked a lot with the kids. Tina Kocar donated ribbons, and they were AWESOME. If you want to buy ribbons go to Ribbons by Tina. Horseshoe Angus donated mugs for the Champion and Reserve and candy bars for all.

Saturday morning, October 12, 2019, we headed to the Evergreen sale in Moses Lake. We got there early so the kids could participate in the knowledge bowl. They had a lot of fun and it was a new experience. The kids picked out a few heifers they wanted to bid on, and Kade picked out a few steers. We ended up buying  three heifers and one steer. Sunday was the Evergreen Jackpot,  Anna’s is a May heifer, and she was the only one, so in a class with Aprils. The heifer showed great. Kaine and Kade’s heifers are both Marchs, and Kaine was third in his class.  Then we showed our two Dakota Gold steers in AOB. Anna’s was Reserve Champion and Kade’s was second in his class. Kaine showed Austin and Kade showed Gogol in cross bred steers. Both steers showed wonderfully. Ben, Kicker, Sonny, mom and dad all showed up to watch the kids. As well as Steve and Juanita Jachetta and Allison and Austin Porterfield. So they had a lot of help and a huge cheering squad.

The week of September 12, 2019 was CBJLS,  the kids did great, Kade won his class, Kaine got second in his class and Anna got third in hers. Bella Holt was also showing a steer she got from us, and he showed very well too. Friday was fitting and showing and the kids did AWESOME. Kade was Grand Champion Junior, Anna was Reserve Champion Intermediate and Kaine was Reserve Champion Junior. Bella and her steer from us also made in into the championship round. PeeWees got to show too, so Jaxsen showed Kaine’s steer, Chevy and Julian showed Kade’s steer, Silver, Savannah showed Silver and Kaxsen showed Ady’s steer, Little Black. The kids all had a great time.

The week of August 20, 2019 was the Benton Franklin County Fair, and it went by in a blur. Tuesday was market, and all of the kids did GREAT, Anna was Grand Champion 4H market steer, Kaine and Ady made it back to the championship round and Kade was third in his class, so all kids did really good, we are very happy. Kade had an Angus steer we raised, “Mini Pete.” Wednesday was fitting and showing, Anna made in back for intermediates, and was Grand Champion, Kade, Ady and Kaine both made it back in the Jrs, and Kaine was Reserve Champion.  The heifers also showed on Wednesday, Anna had the clubby heifer there, her and two year old Savannah showed her, she was Grand Champion in Other Breeds. Kade and Kaine both took Angus heifers, each one won their division; Kaine had the supreme Grand Champion Angus heifer with Miss Moneypenny. Kissy Suzuki also showed really well.  After the open show the kids had to wash their steers. Wednesday is always the longest day of the week.

July 19, 2019 was a showmanship clinic in conjunction with the Sagebrush Show, so Toni took the kids and their steers, and Jaxsen’s heifer, in. Leslie took the heifers from Connell in. The kids all had a blast at the clinic and did an awesome job. There were approximately 40 kids that showed up for the clinic so it was a really good turnout. July 20-21th was the Sagebrush Classic, the steers did really well. Kade’s steer won his class and went back into the championship round, Anna’s steer was second in his class and was on standby to go back, and Kaine’s steer acted great. Sunday was the heifer show and showmanship. In showmanship, for Jrs, Kade won his class and got to go back to the championship round, Kaine and Jaxsen both showed great but did not get to go back. Anna is an intermediate, and she was the Grand Champion Intermediate Showman.
The clubby heifer was in the first class, Kaine was showing her and got to go back to the championship round. Kade and Kaine’s Hereford heifers did great but did not get go back. Anna’s Hereford heifer won her class and got to go back, and Jaxsen and Black Widow just did a great job (although Jax almost didn’t get to show the second time as he was MIA). The clubby heifer is also a Charolais influence heifer so she got to show in that class.

Thursday June 20, 2019 Leslie and I took the kids to Prineville for a Jr Angus Show and the PI. The twins were in the first class as super seniors in showmanship, McCall was grand and McKenna reserve. Kaine was excited because he was showing McCall’s heifer, the “better” heifer as he says. Anna and Kaine were after the intermediates, Kaine was called back to the championship round, Kade was in the next class. All of the kids showed great. Kade was was Bred and Owned Reserve Champion Junior Heifer. Anna was the Reserve Champion Owned Junior Heifer. The twins showed great, they were in a big class and were 3rd and 4th. Kaine did not have a heifer to show, so he only got to show in showmanship. Kade and the twins also participated in the fitting competition.