Parker County Today June 2017 - Page 94

our youth: AG STARS Collier Cowdrey Showing Sheep for the ‘Shear’ Fun of It  BY SCOTLYN OGLE 92 Courtesy photo C ollier Cowdrey, a second-grader at Brock Elementary, started showing when he was just 4 years old. Following in his big brother’s footsteps, he showed his favorite goat, Precious, in the Peewee Showmanship at the Brock FFA Livestock Show. He participated in his first real show at age 5, the Open Breeding Sheep Show at Fort Worth. From there, he moved on to the Houston Stock Show where he won Reserve Champion Ewe with his White Dorper Ewe, Big Mama. By then, he was hooked on showing. Collier, now 8, has earned himself multiple awards includ- ing Reserve Champion Ewe at the Texas-Oklahoma Fair in 2015, Reserve Champion Hair Sheep at the Parker County Livestock Show in 2015, and Reserve Champion Dorper Ewe at the Houston Stock Show in 2015, plus multiple smaller awards along the way. His favorite part about showing is “having fun,” said Collier, “and getting the experience to be a better showman.” Showing has taught him good sportsmanship wheth- er he wins or loses. Though he is young, Collier has learned a lot of responsibilities through showing. He washes and clips his sheep before each show. He also walks his sheep, and “breaks” them so they can be led with a halter while they are at a show. “We have over 100 sheep,” said Collier. “But we usually have five to fifteen show sheep at a time.” His biggest inspiration throughout his showing career has been his dad, and his favorite memory during showing so far was when he won Reserve Champion in the Houston show. Besides showing, Collier enjoys playing baseball, bike riding, and riding his horse, Peppy, in his free time. But out of all of the things he loves to do, his favorite thing is to fish. So much so that when he grows up he wants to turn his passion into a career by becoming a tournament bass fisherman.