Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 92

our youth: AG KIDS Sharp Shooting Show Girl BY KATHERINE ROSE M AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY akenzie Sheffield has been heavily involved in showing since long before she ever entered the ring. Makenzie was always helping her two older brothers with their animals and it was the tradition passed on to her. Since her parents own a cattle ranch, Makenzie has always had her pick of heifers. This year she showed two Simmental heifers, Innocent Joy and Carolina. (She calls them Joy and Carl.) This year Makenzie won Division Champion for spring heifers at the Houston Live Stock Show and at San Antonio, Reserved Division Champion at the Fort Worth Stock Show and placed 8th for the South Central Regional Classic for Overall Pure Breed Heifer. The advice she wants to pass on to others about showing is, “If it is a bad day and your heifer is not doing what they are supposed to be doing just work your way through it; it’s going to be ok and tomorrow is another day.” Makenzie enjoys helping other people accomplish their goals, helping children learn about 4-H, showing and how to care for and handle their animals. Over her years of showing, Makenzie has faced many obstacles, but what she still faces is that she gets discouraged easily, especially when she is having a rough day. “I turn to God and ask Him to help me and through that I’ve learned to believe in myself and how to get through the 90 PHOTO BY STEVE SCHILLIO hard times,” she said. But showing cattle is not all that this young woman does in her spare time. Makenzie is also a part of the 4-H shooting club. Wanting to do something that was different, she joined the 4-H shooting club this past October and started going to lessons. Her favorite weapon is the rifle. She has a Walther 22 Caliber Anschutz air rifle. Recently at the USA Shooting Nationals in Fort Benning, Georgia, Makenzie went beyond her set goals by exceeding her previous personal best score with her small bore and air rifle. She is also very involved as an ambassador in 4-H and competes in public speaking. Being in 4-H she hopes to “help kids younger than me grow into what they believe they can be.” After graduating Peaster High School, Makenzie plans to pursue a career in AG or Nursing and plans to attend either TCU or Texas Tech.