ag kids: MAKENZIE JONES Four Calves and a Scramble BY KATHERINE ROSE T JULY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY his year’s Parker County Youth Livestock Show offered a new way for young 4-H and FFA members to win money for next year’s livestock. In the Calf Scramble, 4-H and FFA members compete with each other to catch and halter one of the calves across the finish line. The winners receive a certificate to aid in their purchase of new livestock for next year’s Parker County Junior Livestock Show. Makenzie Jones was one of those winners. Makenzie is a Peaster High School student and a member of Peaster FFA and 4-H. She has been showing for eight years with her parents’ influence and guidance, since they showed when they were children. This year Makenzie showed four head of cattle: Little Red, who is a Dairy Heifer and won Second Place in her class; Rubie, a Chianina Heifer, who won Champion for Eu- 90 Makenzie Jones Photo by Steve Schillio ropean Heifer and Reserve Champion for Parker County Breed; Exotic Steer Dude won Champion Parker County Breed Steer; and her Braunvieh Heifer, Goldielocks, won Reserved Showmanship. Makenzie is an ambassador for the 4-H program in both Peaster 4-H and Parker County 4-H. And as an ambassador, Makenzie helps out with the set-up for any of the events they sponsor, like a speech about how important 4-H is to the community and why it is needed and why the community should support the program. Being in 4-H gives Makenzie many opportunities for her future, including scholarship money for college. Advice that she wants to pass on is that you should have fun and enjoy showing. When asked what she liked most about showing, Makenzie said that she likes to meet new people and at every show she makes new friends. “I like the adrenaline rush that you get while showing,” she said. Also, she loves the food at the shows, spending time at the exhibits that the shows have to offer and checking out the other competitors’ animals. “One of the most difficult things about showing,” Makenzie said, “is when I get a new animal and I have to halter break it in order to prepare it for showing.” Makenzie plans to go to Tarleton after she graduates high school. She wants to pursue a career in Pediatric Endocrinology or become an AG Teacher, or maybe even a 4-H Extension Agent. She is not entirely sure just yet, but has given herself a good list to start with.