By COLLIN BROOKS
Makayla Dockery was raised in the barn and it shows.
The 12-year old Grandview student took home the title of “Grand Champion % Simmental” during the Eastern Region 4-H Beef Expo Competition in Knoxville on Tuesday, June 28. Her mother, Kristina Dockery contributes the victory, in Makayla’s fourth show, to her daughter growing up around the barn since she was just a toddler.
“She has been in the barn since she was six months old,” Kristina Dockery said. “She grew up in the barn and she did this with me when she was growing up. This is just in her blood, just as much as it is in mine.”
It turns out that she is carrying on a family tradition. Her mother, Kristina Dockery, showed Angus cows for 22 years before taking a break.
“She decided that she wanted to start showing, so we got her an Angus cow and she picked it up,” Kristina Dockery said.
And Makayla must be a natural as she won a huge honor in only her fourth showing.
However, Makayla mentioned that her mother was a bit happier than she was once she won the award. But the youngster’s excitement finally kicked in once she realized exactly what she had accomplished.
“I love it,” MaKayla Dockery said. “Just being in the barn, it is something that I love to do.”
Showing an Angus heifer cow is similar to a dog show. There is a judge and the cow is paraded around the ring. It is up to the judge to pick the winner and the best in show. This year he picked the Jonesborough native.
Even though she won the championship, Makayla said that she didn’t have any secrets to spill.
“You have to feed them so much a day and have them at a certain weight for the show,” she said.
While summer might be winding down, Makayla’s shows are kicking into high gear. She is planning to show at the Appalachian Fair, Greene County Fair and the Abingdon Fair in the next couple of months. Entering those contests, she has one goal.
“I guess I would like to win,” she said with a big smile.