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.
Alyssa “Quay” Owen
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told not to talk or brag about myself; put others first and always be humble. So bear with me as I try to tell a little about myself and my hectic life.
I am Alyssa “Quay” Owen, the eighteen year old daughter of Kevin and Sherilyn Owen, and I can proudly say I am a high school graduate as of May 30th, 2014! I am the oldest of four kids (AKA “Team Owen”). I have one younger sister, Brynn, and two younger brothers, Jace and Tanner. I call the dry and windy town of Canyon, in the Texas panhandle, home.
My family has lived here for almost thirteen years, and I have been actively involved in the livestock show industry for nine of those years. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. I was not born in Texas. I was born, and briefly raised, in Kansas. It was during this time that I was first exposed to show lambs. We would visit families my dad was helping with their show projects. One fact you might not believe is early on I was afraid of animals. Sheep, dogs, you name it. My parents still to this day don’t know why I was afraid of animals, but I absolutely didn’t want anything to do with them. Little did I know back then, that within the next ten years the only place someone could find me was at the barn when I wasn’t at school and that the most memorable moments would be made on the road, in a show ring, or in a barn.
When my family moved to Texas, that’s when things became serious. My dad purchased a couple of ewes to raise our own lambs. We thought this might be a little hobby for him, but I now know he had other things in mind. Me, being the strong-willed stubborn little girl, and he being the determined father, didn’t necessarily see eye to eye. He never told me he wanted me to show livestock. He knew I was terrified of animals so he had to overcome my fear first. Without any words being said, one day he simply haltered a baby lamb (I later named Joey), placed the halter in my hand, and walked away. I had no clue what to do with the lamb, or the halter, except to hold on tight and hope for the best. You would have thought he’d given me a haltered lion or bear. I hung on for dear life and was frozen in place for about ten minutes, which seemed like ten hours. Needless to say, it was a very slow process of having to halter and walk that poor lamb every day. I gradually became more comfortable around sheep and ended up showing that home raised lamb at the county fair where he placed 2nd and made the sale. I learned a lot that year which set in motion a show career I never dreamed could be possible.