My experience as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador has been incredible. When I first received the email stating that I had been excepted into the program I knew that it was going to be an extremely influential part of my life. However, nothing could have prepared me for the absolute honor and joy that I felt as I went through the short course and begin my quest to educate as many people as possible about agriculture. I quickly realized just how much I enjoyed mentoring the youth of our industry as well as those that were unacquainted with agriculture. In the summer of 2015, I was invited to mentor the new livestock ambassadors throughout their short course experience at Texas A&M. I was delighted, and quickly excepted the gracious offer. I just knew that this mentorship would be an incredible opportunity for me to share my experiences with the new ambassadors and it was, indeed, just that. I thoroughly enjoyed my time helping those coming into the program learn the ropes, and I felt extremely privileged to be a part of their short course experience. Later in the summer, I attended the Advocacy Academy Program, another unforgettable opportunity for which I will always be thankful. My ability to mentor has impacted me in ways that I could have never imagined, and I am eternally grateful to the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program, and all that it has done for me and for our industry.
While the agricultural industry as a whole is very dear to my heart, my passion is showing livestock. My twin sister and I put on several showmanship clinics a year, but one of those in particular really impacted me. Towards the end of the year last year, we decided to put on one final clinic before our county show. We had about 20 kids bring their sheep and goats and participate in the clinic. All of the kids were awesome and I saw a ton of potential in each of them, however, there was one little girl that really hit me. She was eight years old and this was her first time to show. She was a tiny little girl with big sheep that didn’t want to cooperate for her. A few times I recognized that she was frustrated with her sheep but yet she was so determined and showed so much potential. I made it a point to work with her often for the rest of the day until we had her sheep doing what they were supposed to be doing. Ever since then, this little girl has been showing she has been doing great. She loves to show and she is so good at what she does. I still work with her and mentor her often, and it has been a truly rewarding experience to see her grow and improve so much in her skills and in her passion for livestock.