Katelyn Smith focuses on the judge during a cattle show. This year, she will be exhibiting her cattle at the Hoosier Beef Congress, which is scheduled Dec. 6-8, for the first time.
Katelyn Smith focuses on the judge during a cattle show. This year, she will be exhibiting her cattle at the Hoosier Beef Congress, which is scheduled Dec. 6-8, for the first time.
LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Just like one never forgets how to ride a bike, the ability to show cattle is something an individual also never forgets.

Although she has been exhibiting Holstein cattle for four years, Katelyn Smith will show beef cattle competitively for the first time at this year’s Hoosier Beef Congress, which will be held Dec. 6-8 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

“Hoosier Beef Congress gives me more experience to get in the ring before the fair,” she said.

Even though it might be her first year showing at the Hoosier Beef Congress and exhibiting beef cattle, in general, Smith noted that she has three crossbred cattle and is looking forward to all the opportunities available within the beef industry, including being a part of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.

She added that she is participating in the Indiana Junior Beef Cattle Association’s rookie program since it’s her first year showing at the Hoosier cattle show, and she wants to learn tips on how to show beef cattle properly from her peers who have been showing for several years.

Jennifer Biesecker, the special events coordinator for Indiana Beef, noted that the IBJCA’s rookie program is a great way for cattle showmen to put themselves out there as a junior in their first year of being in the show ring.

“It’s a great way to make those connections with friends and even breeders throughout the state. It’s also a great way to get involved with the older generations of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association,” she said.

The coordinator mentioned that it is the job of the older kids in the association to act as mentors for the rookies, answering any questions they may have, along with being outstanding role models.

“Truthfully, it’s just an awesome way to get those particular youngsters interested and excited about the industry,” she said.

Bailey Rist, the special events chair for the IJBCA, added that the rookie program is a great way for the organization to be involved with younger kids of the cattle world who are just starting out.

“They look up to us juniors, just like we, as young adults, look up to our advisers,” she said, adding it is important that the members of the IJBCA lead the younger members in a direction where their passions can grow.