After working hours upon hours with your animal preparing for the next show/rodeo, it can be disheartening to come out with anything but a win. It’s easy to forget that at the end of the day it isn’t always about winning. We often forget that the hard work and dedication that we have put forth has taught us how to get somewhere with our lives. An advantage that all stock show/rodeo kids possess is the ability to work. We know what it takes if we want to get somewhere. We don’t sit around and wait for the opportunity to rise; we go out and make it happen. In the agriculture industry we are constantly surrounded by people who possess the same passion for agriculture. We know how to work independently, but we can work just as easily with a team as well.
Losing isn’t the end of your life. Losing is more important than winning. To be able to feel just how great it is to win, we must first lose. Losing will give you a push to get out there and work harder. Losing teaches you life isn’t fair. You may have worked harder than the kid that just beat you, but at the end of the day that’s life. The sooner you learn that the better off you’ll be.
Blue is just a color, so is pink and white. Those colors don’t make you who you are. Winning is hard and not everyone can win. If everyone could win it wouldn’t be a competition, just a giveaway.
Trophies, buckles, and plaques collect dust. You’ll learn that after showing/rodeoing is over those materialistic objects don’t mean anything. The memories you make will mean more than anything, and they don’t need dusted off.
Losing teaches you about what good sportsmanship is. After a competition go shake the judges hand and go shake the person’s hand that beat you. When you win you want everyone to come up and tell you good job, so remember to do onto others as you want them to do to you. Plus you will see all of those people again. If you want showmanship you better show the judge you have sportsmanship, because judges don’t forget.
Winning comes and goes. If you win and boast about how great you are, chances are someone is going to come out and try harder to beat you next time. Competition is tough, and you can make it a lot harder on yourself by being a sore winner. My dad would always tell me, “Win or lose go to the trailer. Shake hands, tell everyone good job, but don’t stick around.” You will find less drama going back to your trailer than standing around talking.
Parents want their kids to win. If they see their child upset because they lost, chances are they are going to say things they don’t mean. Local shows/rodeos are notorious for parents to get too involved. Yes it is hard to see someone you love lose, but you should NEVER take it out on the kid. The kid that just beat your kid doesn’t deserve you to say anything to them but good job. Don’t try to hurt someone to make you feel better. Always remember your kid learns from you. If you show bad sportsmanship, they to will possess it one day.
Cheer for everyone. The most exciting thing in the world is to have an audience cheering for your achievements. You might not like that person that just won, but they deserve recognition for their hard work. In the world we live in today, support and motivation make a difference. If you want people to be involved and work hard, motivate them. My family always kept me motivated. They never said I was the best and life should be handed to me. They made me work for what I wanted, and they supported me in the show ring. They would remind me every day that to be the best, you must practice and prepare.
You don’t know how hard they worked with that animal or their back story. It is so horrible to see people making excuses on why they didn’t win. Blaming the judge is the main one of course. Excuses get you nowhere in life. You lost, and that’s that. Making an excuse might make you feel better at the end of the day, but it’s not going to make your life any greater. Excuses are bad habits and hard to break. When you get in college or when you get a job, your boss/professor doesn’t care why you were late for work/class. You will either fail or get fired if you let excuses consume your life.
Help others out. If you see someone struggling with carrying show supplies, go ask them if they need help. Don’t just sit there and stare at someone who is struggling, just because you don’t want to get involved. Your help could make a huge impact on that person’s life, and you could make a new friend.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24
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