By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
If you caught the national Westminister Dog Show on TV Thanksgiving Day, you would have seen the top dogs of 157 breeds and some of the best handlers in the country. Sporting dogs, toy dogs and the like pranced around the arena in unison with their handler.
Mariah Kincaid tells her classmates at Staley High School in Kansas City showing cattle is a lot like a dog show.
After all, she should know. She’s been showing cattle, particularly Charolais breeds, since she was 10.
“They’ll say, ‘You touch the cows?’” Kincaid says of her suburban classmates. “I tell them it’s like a dog show. It makes more sense to them that way.”
While showing Charolais cattle at the American Royal earlier this month, she also put on a new kind of a hat – a tiara.
Kincaid interviewed as a 2013 Miss Charolais USA contestant, a title that goes back to 1966. Three vied for the crown, and Kincaid – the only one to show cattle at the Royal – won.
“It was a great day. It was the same day the bull won grand champion,” Kincaid said.
At the Royal, a panel of judges selects a queen to be an ambassador for the breed and to educate the public.
“They (the judges) want people would are heavily involved, have knowledge of the breed and does well with younger kids. They would like ag majors in college,” Kincaid said, who is a senior at Staley.