Parker County Today September 2017 - Page 96

our youth: AG STARS JILLIAN PRELLWITZ Hoffin’ It In Style Jillian Prellwitz and Bonnie, her Award-Winning Heifer, Sparkle in the Showring BY SCOTLYN OGLE J illian Prellwitz, a second-grader at Weatherford Christian School, became involved in showing animals when she was just 4-years-old, all because her dad and her older brother, Gavin, also show. Jillian started out in the peewee class at the Peaster FFA show by showing two animals, a goat and a lamb. She had so much fun with those adorable animals that when she was old enough to participate in a real show, she decided to continue her showing career. Now 7, Jillian participated in her first real show this past summer at the Parker County Stock Show. She showed her heifer, Bonnie, receiving third place in the shorthorn class. She fell in love with every aspect of showing Bonnie, including the hard work of washing and blow-drying, and walking her. In order to get Bonnie ready for the past show, she was always washing her, feeding her, and walking her around. Besides caring for the animals, Jillian also loves getting to see all her friends at the show, and spending time with them. 94 “I love being able to spend time with my momma, daddy and brother and seeing all of my friends,” Jillian said. “I also like pulling Bonnie around the show arena, and dressing up in my sparkly blue boots and blingy belt.” Even though she is young in the showing world, showing has still taught her a lot, including to always be smiling, to take good care of her animals, and to always be kind. Along with her showing career, Jillian is also active in both cheerleading and volleyball. She enjoys both these activities so much that when she grows up she wants to be both a cheerleader and volleyball coach. Her biggest inspiration in her life is God. “I know I can do anything as long as He is in my heart,” said Jillian. She also looks up to her friend Mackenzie Jones, who taught and helped her throughout the show, and her brother and dad. “It’s hard work,” she said as she shared her advice for people that are looking to show in the future. “But it is a lot of fun.”