Even champions need a bath
RONAN — Big Red stood in the wash rack, enjoying the cool water of a late afternoon bath.
Tyler Delaney washed the good-natured steer, who didn’t know or probably care that he was 4-H grand champion market beef.
“He’s a really good steer,” Delaney said, soaping the steer’s face.
Although he didn’t know how the red steer would place, Delaney said he thought he might have a chance when judge Virginia Knerr pulled Delaney and steer and put them on “the good end of the line.”
Big Red is only Delaney’s second steer; he raised pigs for five or six years.
Delaney, who graduated from Charlo High School this spring, heads to Montana State University this fall and plans either a computer science or a business major.
Josie Motichka, whose black steer, Tarzan, placed second in Big Red’s heavyweight steer class, joined Delaney and Big Red at the washrack.
She has hauled Tarzan to some jackpot steer shows and said that helped a lot.
“This is the first time I used Tarzan for showmanship,” she said.
Apparently things worked out because Motichka won grand champion senior showman with her gentle black steer.