This is Izzy Ramsey’s first time at the National Western Stock Show.
The six-year-old Kindergartener from Ault, Colorado, competed in the Poultry Pee-Wee Showmanship contest during the last weekend of the 2015 show. Her sister, Grace (11) also competed, but in the Intermediate Showman Division.
Izzy and Grace brought eight Cochin Chickens to exhibit. Both girls are members of the Wyatt 4-H Club in Ault and raise more than 100 chickens at home.
Izzy said she has really enjoyed her time at the National Western so far.
“I love showing my chickens,” Izzy said. “I have made a lot of new friends and I have had a lot of fun.”
But having fun and meeting friends is only one important part of exhibiting livestock. Jennifer Ramsey, Izzy’s mom, says that there are many priceless opportunities that come with showing.
“We decided to come so the girls could get more experience because they have only shown at the county fair level,” Jennifer said.
Although this is the Ramsey’s third year raising show chickens, Jennifer says her daughters continue to learn more about responsibility.
“Not only do they learn how to be self sufficient and take care of things on their own but they also learn to finish a job to completion,” Jennifer said. “They also learn how to communicate and build bonds with their peers, as well as be respectful to adults.”
When asked if the NWSS will be on their calendar in the future, Jennifer had no hesitiations.
“Oh definitely,”Jennifer said. “The girls have learned so much already our first year here. Of course we’ll come back.”
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