Wyatt Bradshaw is a member of the Orange Grove FFA Chapter and recently competed at his second Jr. National Show, this time in Albuquerque, NM.
He took two heifers to the show. Abita, who he raised himself out of one of his cows, is only eight months old. Bradshaw placed 6th with Abita in his class, beating several other competitors and showing against heifers that were already a year old. Tequila, a heifer Wyatt showed last year, received eighth place.
"There were 20 in the class so we were very pleased with that," Wyatt's mom, Lori Allen said. "At this show it is a major accomplishment just to be in the top 10, so yes, I was very proud of him."
Bradshaw also competed in the Jr. Public Speaking event. This was his first year to do so and up until about three hours before the competition started he still wasn't sure if he would compete. Wyatt had not practiced that much, his mother admitted, but in the end there were 22 kids who competed and Wyatt placed third.
His mom was very proud. "I told him that last year only seven kids did it and they hand out awards to the top 10. This year when we got to the competition, I almost died when I saw that there were 22 kids entered. There were a lot of Moms in the same boat as me. We all told our kids that no one does public speaking in the junior division, and we were wrong," Allen said.
Wyatt also competed in the Jr. Cattlemen's contest and placed third. He also placed first in the photo contest. "Not only did he do well with his animals but he met many new friends and that is what it is really all about," Allen said. "This is only his second Jr. National show so I think he did great."