Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 10, 2014

Taylor Gearlds enjoys the cattle show

GLASGOW — Taylor Gearlds had never shown cattle until this spring.

For the Tompkinsville 16-year-old, it’s been something she’s wanted to do for quite some time.

“I’ve been wanting to do it since I was about 10 years old,” she said.

She wanted to show cattle, she said, “Because I love animals.”

Neither of her parents, Ronnie and Penny Gearlds, showed cattle when they were her age, so both were a bit surprised when she came to them and announced she wanted to show cattle.

“I didn’t really know what to say,” her mother said. “She went from playing softball to showing cows. I told her it was going to take a lot of dedication.”

Her father explained that showing cattle is actually “a family effort,” especially when it comes to getting the cows ready to show.

He sees showing cattle as a way for his daughter to learn more about farming.

“It just keeps her involved in agriculture,” he said.  

He likes that by learning to show cattle Gearlds is also learning to be a more responsible person and how to manage her time when carrying out tasks.

Her parents also like the fact that showing cattle is a good way for their daughter to make friends, even if some of them are boys.

 Thursday night was the first time Gearlds had ever competed in the beef cattle show at the Barren County Fair.

While showing cattle might appear easy to some folks, Gearlds says it isn’t.

“You wouldn’t think it’s hard, but it’s pretty challenging at times,” she said.

Gearlds typically shows three to four cattle.

On days when she has a cattle show, she rises at about 7 a.m.

“You feed them and then you wait until they get through eating,” she said.

While she’s waiting for the cattle to eat their breakfast, she mucks out the barn. Once the cattle have eaten, she gives them a bath and then blow dries them and brushes them. She uses the same blow dryer on the cattle that she, herself, uses.  

The Barren County Fair was about the 10th beef cattle competition she has entered, and she says showing cattle has been a great experience.

“I’ve learned to get up early,” she said.

She’s also learned the true meaning of hard work.

“You actually have to work with them to get them to do good in shows,” she said. “I didn’t know there was much work to it, but there’s a lot.”

Gearlds shows cattle mostly for fun, but her father said he doesn’t mind it when his daughter wins banners and first-place ribbons. She’s already won quite a few, including several supreme champions and grand champions ribbons.

Despite all of the hard work involved in showing cattle, Gearlds said, “It’s something I plan on doing for years.”

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