THE PURPLE CIRCLE symbolizes the upper echelon in the show arena. Attention is focused on producers and show persons of championship cattle, hogs, sheep and goats: hence the "Purple" in our title. The "Circle" in our title proclaims the unity and solidarity that livestock people share as we aim for excellence in our enterprises.
"Livestock people" encompass a broad spectrum of ages. Parents and children, leaders and youth, experienced and inexperienced assume a purpose and a role in selecting, caring for, and showing livestock. In the era of everyone "doing his or her own thing" the 4-H, FFA and open class show arena are some of the last bastions of family solidarity. We are confident that The Purple Circle will exert a positive influence in strengthening the family circle.
The Purple Circle will serve as a showcase and a public arena from which people from coast to coast can acknowledge winners from other areas of the country. The Purple Circle will attend national and regional livestock shows, state fairs and other shows as time permits, striving to keep you informed of news and trends in show circuits and helping you to become better acquainted with your colleagues in the livestock realm.
We welcome comments and suggestions from our readers and strive for excellence and the distinction of being in the "purple circle" of livestock publications and educational tools.
"Promise me you will always believe~ you are braver than you believe, smarter than you seem, and wiser than you think." -Christopher Robin
In my childhood years, Winnie the Pooh was my all-time favorite for many reasons. As I have grown older, I have realized that "silly ‘ole bear" wasn’t so silly after all. There is a lot that can be learned about life from the characters of Winnie the Pooh. I am sure one might be wondering how this has any relation to my stock show career—Well, you may be surprised to hear that stock shows and Pooh Bear have more in common than you think.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.
From the time I was born until now, agriculture has been a huge part of my life. My parents began raising angora goats after they married and shifted to the market goat industry in 1998. I can still remember shuffling up to the barn at a young age in all my winter gear- just to get a look at the newborn baby goats. At the age of five, I walked into the ring for the first time at Goldthwaite with my little nanny, Classic Ann. I was as proud as a peacock to place second in the class, and it was then that I knew goats were going to hold a special place in my heart for a long time. Like piglet, small hearts often hold the most love and gratitude. When I was so young, I had no idea of the impact stock shows were going to have in my life. But I did know that it didn’t matter how little I was because I had fire in my heart to do the very best I could, and that’s what I did.