10 o'clock Friday night, after a mist soaked football game, Jacob and I headed to Hutch to meet Tristen and Danny for Kansas State Convention. About 15 miles in, I thought about turning around. The fog was ridiculous and I'm not a real confident nighttime driver anyway. We finally got in around midnight, after a couple of pumpkin spice cappuccinos and lots of conversation and shot nerves!
A big part of the convention is the youth royality. This is a contest based on a 5 page written application, an oral interview, breed ID contest, judging contest, 200 question written test and showmanship. Those scores are tallied, and the winner is the that age group royality. There is lord/lady, prince/princess, duke/dutchess, and king/queen.
This was a weird and awkward year for our house. Tristen had been persuaded to try it, so...that meant both of my kids were competing for the same title.
When the winner was announced, Tristen didn't make it to the top 3, but Jacob was awarded runner-up Duke, and come to find out, the top 3 were only 3 points away from each other.
In showmanship, out of 15 participants in the 12 to 14 group, Tristen walked away with a 4th place plaque and Jacob was 2nd Runner up. This was Tristens second time doing this..EVER! He's pretty pleased with himself and has big plans to start doing more of the contests.
As far as the show went, it went just as good. Jacob was awarded best of breed Californian, Best of Breed Standard Chin and, his most exciting, Best of Breed and Best Opposite Havana. There over 60 youth Havanas entered!!
Jacob's big moment came when, during the best in show judging came and they had done first and second reserve, and Judge
|Jacob and Judge Mike D'Amico|