Parker County Today May 2016 - Page 88

PARKER COUNTY AG WEAThERfORd ChRisTiAN sChOOl JAYLEE VAN NEWKIRK BY MARSHA BROWN O ur May Ag Star is Jaylee Van Newkirk, an extremely creative 10-year-old who is in the 4th grade at Weatherford Christian School. She designs and creates fashion (she’s the daughter of famed fashionista Lorinda Graham-Van Newkirk). Jaylee is in her third year as a member of Spring Creek 4-H. How did she get into showing? Growing up, Jaylee’s mother was also a 4-H kid. “I made them get involved with 4-H,” Lorinda said. “I showed when I was a kid and I think it’s good for kids. I think it teaches kids confidence, responsibility and teaches them to develop an eye for detail. You have to be wellgroomed; your animals have to be well-groomed. It also teaches you confidence, compassion for your animals and self-discipline.” Jaylee’s older sister (by 18 months) Charley also shows. So far, Jaylee shows two animals — a goat named Jimmy and a pig named Junior. But Jimmy is closest to her heart and everyone else’s. “She’s trained this goat to do tricks,” said Amber Stenberg, a neighbor. “She’s trained him to dance. It’s the cutest thing ever. I’ve tried to buy that goat but she won’t sell him.” Too ba-haha-ad. That’s not to say that Junior doesn’t get his fair share of attention. With Junior, Jaylee won Reserve Champion Market York at the Parker County Fair last year. And the great thing is that despite success in the show ring, she still has Junior and Jimmy. That’s interesting since it’s generally a sad fact of ag show life that winners don’t usually get to go home with their best friends at the end of the show. “Well, they either go away (forever) or the buyer can donate the animal back,” said Jaylee’s mom. “Both my girls go and talk to the pro- MAY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY sPONsOREd BY 86 spective buyers before the show and tell them they want their animals back. They’ve always gotten them back.” Of course they do. Who could possibly say no to a 10-year-old girl and her dancing goat? FOR ALL YOUR FARM & RANCH, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE NEEDS JIM MARTIN 817-538-6846 Specializing in Parker County Commercial Real Estate