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Jordan Elmore’s success at the state fair can be traced to her parents’ decision to purchase dairy cattle.
“It’s all I’ve ever known. It’s all I’ve ever done,” she said.
Elmore, a senior at Central Hardin High School, showed the 4-H/FFA supreme champion dairy heifer and Kentucky Proud supreme champion dairy cow at the Kentucky State Fair. Elmore also won an FFA showmanship award and will compete nationally against other state champs.
Participating in 4-H shows since she was 10, Elmore takes part in dairy competitions around the country.
Her mother, Stacy Elmore, said it always was a favorite activity for her daughter.
“Jordan fell in love with it from the time she was little,” she said.
Elmore generally shows her own animals, but this year, she showed animals owned by family friends from Eminence. She spent several days working on their farm this summer in return for the opportunity to show their animals at the fair, she said.
Preparation for a show begins long before the event, she said. Animals must be milked regularly and must be halter-broken. Before the show, a week’s supplies for both the family and the animals must be collected.
While at the show, the animals are washed daily and routinely groomed.
“It is a family effort,” Stacy Elmore said. “We all work very hard to be there.”
To earn the title of supreme champion, the winners of each breed of heifers and cows compete against each other. Elmore came out at the top of both categories.
“It’s really good knowing that you have the best animal there,” she said.
Stacy Elmore said her daughter’s success comes from her “drive, absolutely; her competitiveness and her drive.”
For Elmore, showing is a social activity, too.
“I absolutely love show,” she said. “Winning is a very good feeling but just the overall atmosphere of a show” is enjoyable. It’s an opportunity to see many of her friends.
The showmanship award focuses on how well competitors handle their animals. Elmore placed in the top 12 and her FFA adviser helped her earn a spot in the national competition.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or email@example.com.