Thursday, June 02, 2011

A Different Kind of Sport

      The most popular canadian sports include Hockey, Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, and Baseball, but one sport that most urban people don't know exists as the sport of showing jackpot steers and heifers. Different from showing pure bread cattle, where the intent is to show of your farm and the livestock genetic lines Jackpoting has the soul purpose to win the show and get the check at the end of the day. The first steer show was held in Houston in Texas in the early 1900's. Since then the sport has come along way it is now down to a science.
        fell in love with the sport when I was 11 years old, I won my first show, Chinook Jr. Classic in Claresholm alberta and I was hooked, no other sports have really crossed my mind since that day. A few of the many things that intrigues me about the sport is that there is always something new to learn, no matter how much you have learned or know about haulter-breaking, feeding or fitting there is always so much more to learn. another interesting aspect is every fall everyone starts of a fresh start with a new steer or heifer so if your not in the winning circle one your you will always have a chance next year!
     Throughout the years the styles of steers have changed immensely. From cattle that only come to you "belt buckle" to a whooping 6 feet tall, constantly changing.

Here are some pictures of cattle throughout time
A 'Belt Buckel' steer from the 50's 

A extreme bull from the 80's

A steer I raised form present day 


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