Hallie Sutherland will spend her Candy 16 exhibiting sheep.
Friday is her birthday.
She expects celebrating the milestone on the truthful will likely be a singular expertise, however Hallie is all about making an attempt new issues. In any case, that’s what prompted her to affix 4-H.
In contrast to lots of her fellow 4-Hers, Hallie joined a membership simply 5 years in the past. Usually, 4-H’ers are launched to the group a lot youthful, and may turn out to be members as younger as 7.
“I all the time wished to indicate animals,” she mentioned. “It appeared enjoyable.”
Even so, she began with indoor occasions together with images, baking and horticulture.
These initiatives alone supplied loads of studying alternatives, particularly baking.
“We had quite a lot of meals fails,” she mentioned with amusing. “One time, I burnt chocolate. I didn’t know that was a factor.”
Her preliminary expertise exhibiting animals was with canines.
Final 12 months, she received large in each obedience and showmanship together with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
This 12 months, she wished to strive a unique canine “and see what would occur.”
She borrowed Moose, a golden retriever, and was named champion within the rally obedience class, which is type of like an impediment course. In addition they earned a blue ribbon in showmanship and a crimson ribbon in obedience (Moose was too excited to sit down for an prolonged time frame). Moose has present ring expertise, nevertheless it has been a few years.
“He did fairly good for not having performed it shortly,” she mentioned.
Hallie additionally took on extra of a behind-the-scenes function this 12 months, aiding outgoing canine challenge chief Karen McKarnin. Subsequent 12 months, she hopes she’ll be outfitted to help a brand new chief if wanted.
HER SECOND 12 months in 4-H, Hallie began exhibiting pigs. Final 12 months, she confirmed sheep for the primary time. This 12 months, she added a heifer.
So, altogether, she’s taking good care of two pigs, a heifer and 4 sheep this 12 months.
It’s quite a lot of work, however she doesn’t thoughts.
“Feeding is a course of,” she mentioned.
The pigs, particularly, require quite a lot of effort and time. She feeds and waters them twice a day. Within the night, she takes them for a stroll and works with them to arrange for the present.
Including sheep was an entire completely different type of studying expertise.
“I wished so as to add extra animals,” she mentioned. “They’re far more on the market than pigs.”
Along with feeding and coaching them to indicate, she has to clean their legs day by day and use clippers to trim their hair.
She’s already taken her sheep to eight spring exhibits and was proud of their efficiency.
She has one ewe named Pua and three wethers (castrated males) named Moose, Denny Crane and Alan Shore. She and her mother and father have been watching the tv present “Boston Authorized” so two of the names come from characters within the present.
She has loved studying about their completely different personalities.
“My favourite is Alan however I don’t know if he’s the perfect. He’s the friendliest,” she mentioned.
She thinks she is going to do properly on the sheep present at present.
“My aim is to win the county truthful. That’s additionally my expectation,” she mentioned, easy.
Why so sure?
“I’ve simply realized to return out with confidence.”
She has motive to be assured. Final 12 months, in her first time exhibiting sheep, she earned reserve champion within the general market lamb competitors.
WHEN HALLIE first dreamed about exhibiting animals, she all the time anticipated she would present cattle.
“It simply regarded like enjoyable,” she mentioned.
In November, whereas Hallie was attending Iola Excessive Faculty as a sophomore, her agriculture instructor requested if she was excited by exhibiting Elsie, a Hereford Angus cross. Hallie jumped on the chance.
When requested about her targets and expectations for Elsie, Hallie was a lot much less assured. She doesn’t have any earlier expertise to construct on.
“We’ll simply see what occurs.”
Elsie will return to her house farm after the truthful.
Including one other animal, although, meant extra work.
“It’s simply quite a lot of time. I attempt to stroll every of them each evening,” she mentioned.
She’s completely satisfied together with her resolution to affix 4-H and present animals.
“I’ve realized loads from quite a lot of completely different individuals, tips on how to care for the animals, tips on how to make them look good, tips on how to present correctly,” she mentioned. “And I’ve met lots of people.”
She’s additionally realized about accountability, time administration and management. She is a member of the Metropolis Slickers 4-H Membership, the place she has served as secretary and treasurer prior to now; this 12 months, she is president.
She encourages others to affix 4-H, even youth who’re a bit bit older once they begin.
“It’s very enjoyable. I’ve had quite a lot of new experiences.”