Our time here at the American Shorthorn Association has flown by and we’re sad to say goodbye, but so grateful for our time we have been in the office. We have all learned many new skills and are so happy to have had this adventure. Working in a breed association and the agricultural industry has allowed us real life experience and has given us a taste of future career possibilities. Although we all come from a different breed, the Shorthorn breed is something special to us now.
To say goodbye to the staff, we had a little potluck to celebrate our internship before we finished our final days. We took our favorite recipe from the NJSS beef-cook off contest and prepared it for the office as the main dish. We made grilled steak taco’s with poblano-mango salsa. Our apartment doesn’t have a grilled, so we improvised and cooked them stove top. After cooking, we cut them into bit size chunks that were great size to put in tortillas. We had all the “fixings” to build your own taco and the other staff made side dishes and desserts. We had an array of Mexican dishes that went along with the tacos perfectly. It was a great time to enjoy the company of the office. Below you can find the recipe for the steak taco’s!
As we say goodbye to the office, we would like to thank the staff for putting up with us and providing such a fun and enjoyable work atmosphere. As we part ways, Wade and Wyatt will head back to finish their senior year of college and Faith will move home and continue her search for her dream job. We thank the ASA and their members for having such an amazing association and wish you the best of luck in your future as you continue to build the success of the Shorthorn breed.
Grilled Steak Tacos with Poblano Mango Salsa
1 pound of boneless steak
2 medium poblano peppers
1 medium onion, cut into 1/2” thick slices
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 medium mango
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
8 small corn tortillas (6-7 inch diameter)
Fresh Cilantro Sprigs & lime wedges (optional)
1) Grill peppers and onions over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender, set aside
2) Combine cumin and garlic, press onto steaks. Place steak on grill over medium heat, cook for 8-13 minutes.
3) Remove and discard skins, stems and seeds from peppers when Coll enough to handle. Chop peppers and onions. Combine veggies, mango, chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
4) Place Tortillas on grill. Grill for 30 seconds or until heated through and browned lightly.
5) Carve steak and season with additional salt. Top tortillas with equal amounts of beef and mango salsa. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges, if desired.
On Thursday July 18, 2019 Shorthorn enthusiast exhibited at the California State Fair open show. The Open Shorthorn Show was judged by Brent Murphy of Houstonia, MO. Murphy evaluated 33 purebred females and 15 purebred bulls.
Grand Champion Bull honor went to GSC Gold Label 2585, owned by Greg Cardey of Turlock, CA.
JSF Polaris 201F was named Reserve Grand Champion Bull, owned by Sadie Faith Plummer of Herald, CA.
Grand Champion Female was awarded to KRLE Myrtle Bo Juliet 814 ET, owned by Aaron Kerlee of Denair, CA.
Reserve Grand Champion Female was B/F Pretty Girl 8053, owned by Matt & Stacey Bigelow of O’Neals, CA.
Other Champions include:
Open Purebred Female Show Divisions:
Spring Heifer Calf Champion
- Sunny Day FB Countess 4G, Alpha & Sherri Gipe, Merced, CA.
Spring Heifer Calf Reserve Champion
- LC Augusta Pat 3280, Don Cardey, Turlock, CA.
Junior Heifer Calf Champion
- LC Funny Face 3192, Don Cardey.
Junior Heifer Calf Reserve Champion
- LC Funny Face 3197, Don Cardy.
Senior Heifer Calf Champion
- B/F Pretty Girl 8053, Matt & Stacey Bigelow.
Senior Heifer Calf Reserve Champion
- B/F Cherokee Lady 8121, Matt & Stacey Bigelow.
Intermediate Champion Female
- KRLE Myrtle Bo Juliet 814 ET, Aaron Kerlee.
Reserve Intermediate Champion Female
- LC Catherine 2883, Don Cardey.
Junior Champion Female
- Sunny Day Homestead Foxxy 20F, Dennis Pluth, Clearlake Oaks, CA.
Reserve Junior Champion Female
- Sunny Day FB Suzy 8F, Timothy Whitfield, Merced, CA.
Senior Champion Female
- B/F Mary 7042, Matt & Stacey Bigelow.
Reserve Senior Champion Female
- AFR Shannon BB F05, Albiani Shorthorns, Elk Grove, CA.
Cow/Calf Pair Champion
- JP-JP Bar SULL Wild Rose, Juston Plummer, Herald, CA.
Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair
- Sunny Day GT Countess 18D, Alpha & Sherri Gipe.
Open Purebred Bull Show Divisions:
Spring Bull Calf Champion
- GSC Gold Label 3283, Greg Cardey.
Spring Bull Calf Reserve Champion
- JT Jake Sensation 192, Jared Tanaka, Vacaville, CA.
Junior Bull Calf Champion
- LC Studer 3219, Don Cardey.
Junior Bull Calf Reserve Champion
- JT Studer 3189, JT Ranch, Turlock, CA.
Senior Bull Calf Champion
- JT Studer 2987, JT Ranch.
Senior Bull Calf Reserve Champion
- GSC Studer 3041, Greg Cardey.
Intermediate Champion Bull
- GSC Studer 2946, Greg Cardey.
Reserve Intermediate Champion Bull
- LC Studer 2869, Don Cardey.
Junior Champion Bull
- JSF Polaris 201F, Sadie Faith Plummer.
Reserve Junior Champion Bull
- LC Gold Label 2685, Don Cardey.
Senior Champion Bull
- GSC Gold Label 2585, Greg Cardey.
Reserve Senior Champion Bull
- LC Studer 2563, Don Cardey.
As the intern’s time slowly comes to an end, they looked back on our time here with ASA and want to give our thanks and remarks of this internship.
My time at the American Shorthorn Association has been nothing but remarkable. Taking on this position as the Communication Intern for the summer has been very rewarding. I have accomplished various career development skills and I am so grateful for all that I have learned. I can honestly say that this job has taught me many things that you can’t learn in a classroom. The staff at ASA is truly amazing and I am so glad I had the opportunity to work and get know to each of them. (Even though I might have annoyed them by playing my music too loud and sometimes bickering with the other interns about silly stuff.) I am also grateful for the networking and relationships I have built through this internship and really appreciate all the support and friendly conversations I’ve had with members, volunteers, and youth of this association. The people involved in this association were my favorite part of this internship and truly made my time here worth it. I hope the best for this association and anyone involved in it and hope to keep in contact in the future. Enjoy the rest of your summer and good luck with your involvement with ASA!
My time here with the American Shorthorn Association has been one of the most beneficial times. I will miss everyone in the office as my time ends. I enjoyed getting to work on tasks for junior nationals and loved the chance to help the youth here. This internship gave me a chance to work and develop more than just computer skills and I will be grateful for the things that I learned here as the Registration Intern. I think it is safe to say that I have learned, developed great friendships, and made many acquaintances that I hope to see develop into friendships later. Thank you to the other interns Wade and Wyatt Minihan for working with me and to Shelby for putting up with us this summer. Can’t wait to see where the American Shorthorn Association goes in the future!
Although my time at the American Shorthorn Association has been short, it has been great. From the first day, the staff has been nothing but welcoming and helpful. Through this internship, I have learned so much, met many new faces, and have a gained numerous skill that I will be able to take with me, as I continue on down the road in life. I very much enjoyed preparing all the contest materials for junior nationals and hope I was able to leave an impact on those junior members. I would like to thank all the staff, and volunteers that helped pull of a successful junior national. You never realize all the work and dedication that is put into a show, until you’re in those shoes. I’m walking away from this internship feeling blessed and honored to have been able to serve as the Youth Activities Internship this summer. A special thanks to Shelby Rogers, Wyatt Minihan and Faith Massingill for all their time and dedication they put in at the ASA. The Shorthorn breed is growing and look forward to watching the breeds growth and development in the years to come.
Thank you from all of us for welcoming us into the family-friendly breed. We are sad the summer is over but look forward to seeing everyone down the road!
- Start as a high school freshman and keep track of all involvement through clubs, organizations, associations, sports, youth groups, volunteering, awards, etc. This will make filling out applications less stressful. Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can!
- Research the different universities of interest, make a campus visit and then pick your best fit.
- Live in the Dorms
- This is a great way to meet friends and give you the true “college experience.” It also makes for some great stories to tell down the road.
Below are a few stories from the interns days in the dorms.
Wyatt– My roommate and I did not get along very well, and he made living with him very difficult. I finally had enough and put laxative in his workout powders. Although this is not something I would ever do again, it does get a laugh out of most people!
Faith– One time my roommates boyfriend branded himself and came over to our room for medical attention. Let’s just say the scar is fairly ugly and it wasn’t his best decision but it’s a memory that we will all share till we go to the grave.
Wade– My friend and I would have weekly movie parties and would leave the door to my room open so other people could join. One time we ended up with 25 people in my room although by dorm rules we were only allowed to have 10 people in a room at a time.
- Check and make sure that the college credits you have taken in high school will transfer to your university. Talk to your advisor & see how you can make them all work.
- Get involved!
- Have an open mind and don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Whether its high school or college don’t hold yourself back in fear. Life is too short to not venture out and try new things.
- Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
- Although you might think your parents and siblings are the worst thing ever, moving away will make you realize that they aren’t all that bad. You may not always agree with them but your time away will help you to appreciate them and value them. Also, you’ll be calling your parents often(they know more than you would like to admit)
- Take a fun class!
- These sometimes turn out to be the best part of college. You’ll meet new people and develop new fun skills all while having a good time! Yes, it’s going to cost a little money, but you can only use the young and irresponsible card for so many years!
- Get to know your professors
- Especially the professors in you major. They will be tremendous help in your education and career development.
- Make a packing list and do some research
- Every college is different, and some may require more packing than others. What kind of clothes are you going to need? Does your dorm come with a fridge and/or microwave? What movies help you get over homesickness? This is a time where overpacking should be a priority. Below are a few items that the interns were very glad they packed.
- Dorm size vacuum (‘Dirt Devil’ from amazon)
- Iron and Ironing Board (you or someone on your floor will need this sometime)
- Pillows and favorite blanket/s (this is a great reminder of home)
- Air mattress (you will have visitors)
- Plates and silverware (you will be eating in your room often)
- Take your time
- Enjoy your time at college and take it at your own pace. There is no shame in taking extra time or graduating early. Your main focus should be getting an education that has prepared you enough for the work force.
- Internships are important in so many ways. They give you real life work experience and sometimes can be the make or break factor in realizing if your major is the right fit for you. They’re also great for networking and meeting new people-you never know who your boss/supervisor will know and they could be very helpful in your career down the road.
As we unpack and recover from the busy and fun week in Lebanon, Tennessee, the interns wanted to give our views on NJSS.
Attending Shorthorn Junior Nationals was a different experience for myself in many ways. It was rewarding to see all the hard work come together. This great week of fun made memories for the youth and their families. Although, I am used to attending Hereford Junior Nationals, the dedication and passion the youth have for the Shorthorn breed is similar and was rewarding to encounter. I was able to spend most of my time capturing photos of the exhibitors and their animals. I know the time and dedication it takes and it’s fulfilling to be able to capture their success through a lens. Be sure to check out the AJSA Facebook page in the next few days for all the photos I captured at the 2019 NJSS in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Wow! Junior Nationals is done and it’s hard to believe that it is already over. I had such a great time getting to meet the juniors and parents involved with the Shorthorn association. Overall, this was one of my favorite shows to attend and work as an intern. I had fun helping wherever I was needed and hope the juniors had a blast at the 2019 NJSS in Tennessee. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Lebanon, I wish you luck for the upcoming show season. Get out there and show off the great breed of Shorthorns!
NJSS was a different experience for me, as I grew up going to Hereford Junior Nationals. As the youth activities intern, I had the opportunity to prepare all the contests, scripts, organize awards and help with many other tasks. Until you are actually in those shoes, you never realize all the work behind the scenes to make a junior national successful. I have a new-found respect for all those hard-working individuals who help make a show happen without any major issues. I really enjoyed all the task my internship gave this year. While in Lebanon, Tennessee I was able to match a name to a face at the end of the week and look forward to seeing those familiar face at other shows. The Shorthorn breed, as a whole, welcomed us with smiling faces and great personalities. Overall, the NJSS was an awesome experience and, although I may be a Hereford kid, look out for me at future Shorthorn Junior Nationals.
As we pack and get ready to leave for the National Junior Shorthorn Show, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of items that often get forgotten. Below is the Top 15 items that we have forgotten and we don’t want you to make the same mistake!
- Show Stick
- This may seem like a “no duh,” but we can’t name the amount of times that we had to borrow a show stick.
- Extra Socks and Shoes
- You don’t want wet shoes all day after washing!
- Registration Papers & Health Papers
- This may need to be in all caps.
- https://juniorshorthorn.com/tn-health-rules/ <–link to Tennessee Health Regulations
- Who doesn’t love some good tunes at a show?! But remember your surrounding and your audience, you’re a role model for your fellow members.
- Favorite Food/Snacks
- Although fair and concession food is delicious, it can get tiring after a few days. Make sure to bring some of your favorite snacks! Below is a couple of our favorite food while attending shows!
Wyatt: crockpot cheesy potatoes, cake cookies, and hobo sandwiches
Faith: Chips, summer sausage & cheese, and sweet tea
Wade: crockpot breakfast burritos, peanut butter cornflake bars, and cinnamon rolls
- Lawn Chairs, Coolers, & Crockpots
- Lawn chair for naps, cooler for drinks and food, and crockpots for cooking.
- Contest materials
- Yikes! This would not be good! Don’t forget to follow rules and fill out all the necessary paperwork.
- https://juniorshorthorn.com/contest-rules-2/ <–Link to Contest Rules
- https://juniorshorthorn.com/rules-regulations/ <–Link to Rules and Regulations
- https://juniorshorthorn.com/statement-of-originality/<–Link to Statement of Originality
- You don’t want to show in your barn shoes.
- Favorite Starched Show Jeans
- You also don’t want to show in your barn jeans.
- Revive, Hocus Pocus, Tall Adhesive, & Paint
- Although you can buy these at many shows, it’s easy to spend some big bucks if you forget these.
- These are crucial in preparation for the showring.
- Extensions Cords
- Clipper and blower cords are only so long….
- Wash Bucket, water hose, and foamer
- You ever tried washing an animal without these? Good luck.
- Remember, “No Butt Fans in the Barn.” But they are allowed in tie outs
- Show Halters
- It happens to everyone, double check before you leave!
We are 3 DAYS from Junior Nationals! We can’t wait to see you all in Tennessee!
- What are you most looking forward to at Shorthorn Junior National?
I am most looking forward to taking pictures and getting to meet the youth of the Shorthorn breed.
I am most looking forward to visiting Tennessee again! I can’t wait to get to meet the junior members and to see some awesome cattle!
I’m most looking forward to watching junior nationals unfold from behind the scenes and all the hard work we are putting in at the office be used and put to good use.
- Dream vacation location?
Athens, Greece, to hike around the ruins and see the houses there.
Some tropical private island, with clear water
- Biggest Pet peeve?
People who chew food with their mouths open.
Lying or not cleaning up after yourself.
Feet dragging, being left on read or not returning a call
- Top 5 Favorite Foods?
- Cottage cheese
- Little Debby Zebra Cakes
- Fried bologna sandwiches
- Texas roadhouse rolls
- Mac and cheese
- Tacos, tacos, tacos!
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Mac and Cheese
- Chips and Salsa (because this is definitely a meal)
- Summer Sausage and Cheese
- Mac n cheese
- Popeyes chicken strips
- Jalapeno chips
- Vanilla wedding cake
- What would you rank 10/10?
Dillon’s Chinese Food
The twin’s music taste a 10/10 recommend
(unsweet tea a 10/10 NOT recommend)
Hereford Junior Nationals and I bet Shorthorn Junior Nationals will be this year!
- If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Something creative. I really enjoy photography, graphic design, and making stuff.
I would probably spend all day behind the camera and in the pasture with cattle and horses. Minus, the time I would be vacationing in Europe and Asia.
Raise and show cattle
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A career in the agricultural industry that incorporates my hobbies and passion.
Working as a photographer and hopefully working as a videographer as well.
Settled down, and maybe have a herd of Hereford cattle.
- How many pillows do you sleep with?
Usually 10…. Yes, I do use them all.
- Top 3 Cattle breeds?
- Longhorn (I think they’re pretty cool)
- Angus (duh)
- Red Angus
- Mini Herefords
- Favorite Drink?
Dr. Pepper with blackberry and vanilla from Sonic. It tastes like the color purple! Weird but you need to try it!
Sweet Tea or Dr. Pepper (these are both drinks that Texans survive on)
Sonic Cherry Limeades
- What are you addicted too?
Sweets. I love vanilla wedding cake and can’t tell myself no.
Anything spicy (aka good Mexican food) and all things sweet tea.
- Is a hot dog a sandwich, and why?
I’m going to say yes because it’s between bread.
NO! A hot dog is a hot dog that is my reasoning.
A hot dog is its own “breed” of food.
- Least favorite food?
Celery or Brussel sprouts
Anything with veggies or fruit. Not a fan.
- Favorite social media platform?
Instagram all the way. @wywyfromwheaton
I have tried to cut back on social media use so probably Facebook as of right now.
- Favorite Major Show?
National Western Stock Show
Fort Worth hands down.
National Western Stock Show or Hereford Junior Nationals
- If peanut butter wasn’t called peanut butter, what would it be called?
Peanutter! (this is my dog’s nick name so that’s why)
- What’s your university and what is an interesting fact?
Kansas State University. (Go cats!) Purple Pride blueberry ice cream is the official flavor for K-State and only the dairy manager at Call Hall knows the official recipe.
I recently graduated from West Texas A&M University! (Go Buffs)!!!!
An interesting fact about my college is that we are one of the few schools to still have a live mascot. Not to mention that our school administration building use to double as a basketball court and a swimming pool!
Fort Hays State University. FHSU was originally located on the grounds of Fort Hays, a frontier military outpost that was closed in 1889.
- What word can you never remember how to spell?
Karake, Karokee, Karoakee, KARAOKE
Tenesse, Tennesee, Tennessee- Ironic I know
- Are you usually early or late?
Late. I don’t know what early means.
Late… If I tell you I’m leaving somewhere I am most likely sitting on my couch still on my phone fifteen minutes later.
- Favorite task about your internship so far?
My favorite task has been designing the exhibitor folder. It’s a lot of work but it’s so satisfying to see the final product.
My favorite task is probably getting to pack for nationals. I love getting ready for shows no matter where I am at or where I am going.
Organizing and packing all the awards. There are so many cool awards and the junior members are in for a real treat.
We hope you all enjoyed these fun facts and you learned a few new things about us! We’re super excited to meet you all at Junior Nationals while we are all Strumming a Shorthorn Tune! We are 11 days from NJSS!