Denver, The National Western Stock Show

National Western Livestock Judging Contest

Floor members were Chandler Akins, Barrett Carlisle, Whitney Darr, Ethan James and Morgan Meisenheimer. Chandler tied for 1st in Hogs.

Team Results: 4th in sheep & goats, 8th Overall


Members were Kallie Johnson, Will Johnson, Sarah Loughridge, Morgan Meisenheimer, and Analena Simmons.

Analena was 6th and the team finished 3rd overall.



Our team doesn’t have our own song. But what we have means even more. Before every contest Will Johnson leads our team in the Husker’s Prayer.

Dear Lord, the battles we go through life,

We ask for a chance that’s fair,

A chance to equal our stride,

A chance to do or dare,

If we should win, let it be by the code,

Faith and Honor held high,

If we should lose, we’ll stand by the road,

And cheer as the winners go by.

Day by Day, we get better and better!

The team that can’t be beat, WON’T BE BEAT!

This time, we lost. In fact, we were 8th. Although still in the top 10, we did not live up to the goals we have set for ourselves.

Whether it is right or wrong when you are a part of a Butler judging team there is always that fear of misrepresenting such an unbelievably successful program. Questions go through your mind like, “What if we are the team who can‘t replicate our initial success, or doesn‘t finish in the top 5?”

It is easy to focus on your disappointment after an eighth place finish. Another easy thing to do, is forgetting how you should act. With this in mind, Denver has reminded our team that we should try to not become solely people of success, but first and foremost; men and women of value.

Like Leo F. Buscaglia has said, people seem to gain wisdom more readily through failure than success. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.

I also agree with Colin Powell, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”  Honestly, preparation and hard work are not the shortcomings of my team. Never before have I surrounded myself with such enthusiastic hard workers. In fact, in my experience our tenacious drive is simply unparalleled.

It just turns out that now is the time for us to learn about something other than livestock judging.

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3 Comments on “Denver, The National Western Stock Show”

  1. Jen Says:

    As a mother of a former student in the Butler program I have enjoyed many posts on this blog, but this ranks as my favorite. My son was initially drawn to the Butler judging program because they “win.” I on the other hand was sold on the program based on the kind of young people it produces! Today, my son uses every life lesson from his time on the judging team and realizes their team victories at KC and Louisville were a distant 2nd to the skills and connections he made at Butler. To the author, it took alot of guts, foresight and leadership to write about not having the results you had hoped for when you left for Denver. But let me tell you – if you think you lost – YOU ARE WRONG! In fact, based on your comments I’ll bet on you are your teammates being successful in life and thats what your involvement in the Butler program is about!!

  2. Christal Says:

    As a mother to a current member of the Butler Livestock Judging Team, I can agree 100% with everything Jen says above. I know Denver was not what you wanted, but life has a way of doing that to you more often than not. You are all winners and when you have children of your own, you will want them to live the “Butler experience” or one equally as good, if such a one does exist. Ya’ll rock!

  3. We are still proud of the team no matter what. Being alumni I know the long hours and dedication that everyone puts in. Keep you the hard work. No one will ever be able to take about the friendships made and life lessons learned.

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