College Football Match-Up: LSU vs. Texas A&M

CollegeMatchUp-2Nothing pairs better with family and Thanksgiving than a good college football match-up. Pick your team in our Sure Champ College Football Match-Up and you could win a 2L jug of VitaCharge® Liquid Boost! Simply fill out the form below and select the team you’re pulling for. Winners will be announced next week.

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Thankful for the Stock Show Life

sc-contest-blog-nov2014 This past week we have asked our Instagram followers to tell us more about why they are thankful to grow up involved in showing and raising livestock. At Sure Champ, we are humbled to communicate openly and be involved with such a tremendous group of youth. Check out their answers below, what are you thankful for?

 

– My first show pig. She taught me how to love an animal but still realize and understand the sacrifice and the true purpose of livestock. She taught me compassion and she showed me true unconditional love.

– All my lambs. They have all taken me through different obstacles in life. Some have succeeded and others may not have, but the most important thing is learning how to be successful in life and meeting new people. My 2 lambs that have impacted me the most this year is.

– I’ve made the best stock show friends,  I wouldn’t even call it friendship it like sister and brother.

– I’m thankful for my big brother as a mentor, Will Alexander at WAC Show Cattle!

– My amazing coach/teacher that I’ve learned so much from… Mick Clark. I can’t thank him enough for all of the help and support I’ve gotten from him so far! Can’t wait for the memories that have yet to come!

– I have so many mentors! Through my first JNHE, my assigned mentor was Kirbie Day. She became my big sister and taught me most of what I know about showmanship, and helped me follow in her footsteps to become the National Hereford Queen! With Kirbie came the Kelley family and the Rainbow Cattle Service crew, all of whom have always been outstanding role models and mentors!

Sure Champ Stock Show Christmas Wish List

We are excited to bring you our Second Annual Stock Show Christmas Wish List. If you are needing the perfect idea for your stock show loving family member, we’ve got it! Any of these ideas are sure to please. Be sure to also check out our lists from last year.

Stock show christmas wish list for girls

From accessories to wear in and out of the showring, and great ideas for your stocking, every girl would love to receive something off of our Stock Show Christmas Wish List.

1. Kendra Scott Elle Earrings (Kendra Scott) – $52 – These earrings come in about ever color imaginable. Find a pair to match your school colors, or stick with classic turquoise.

2. Stock Show Mom Tumbler (Stock Show Sweetheart) – $13

3. Sure Champ Sweatpants and Hoodie (Sure Champ) –  $38/$48

4. Sperry Top Sider Boat Shoes (Sperry Top Sider) – $88

5. Show Steer and Pig Cookie Cutters (The Branded Barn) – $3.25

6. Going Showing iPhone Case (Stock Show Boutique) – $33 – You’ll find tons of cute ideas from this new online boutique

7. Charm Bracelet (Cow Art & More) – bracelet $88, charms $28-$64

8. EOS Lip Balm (EOS) – $3.29 This a personal favorite of our Marketing Director’s, Crystal Blin

stock show life boy christmas wish list

Show your love of the stock show life both in and out of the ring. And don’t forget the boys in your family love to have their gift customized with their brand, logo or name.

1. VitaFerm Vintage Angus Shirt and Concept-Aid Flat Bill Hat (Sure Champ) – Shirt – $25 (Hereford version also available)/Hat – $16

2. Show Steer Hitch Cover (Starck Sculpture) – call for pricing

3. Leather Briefcase (Classic Leather Designs) – call for pricing – Classic Leather Designs isn’t just known for their briefcases. Check our their camera straps, chairs, picture frames and more. 

4. Custom Painted Clippers (Sullivan Supply & SLICK Customs) – clippers – $215, call for quote on custom painting

5. Yeti Roadie Cooler (Yeti) – $249.99 – These coolers are definitely an investment, but a Yeti cooler will last a lifetime

6. Beaded Leather Belt (Fort Western Wear) – $64.98

7. Personalize Phone Case (Stock Show Boutique) – $33

Sure Champ Family Christmas Wish List

These gifts are perfect for the family to share or maybe you are looking for something to give your customers or hired hand.

1. Stuffer Show Animas (Maine Aim Ranch) – $130 – These stuffed cows were a hit last year, and now Maine Aim Ranch is offering goats and pigs. 

2. Sure Champ Unisex Hoodie (Sure Champ) – $45 – Place your orders for Sure Champ merchandise by Dec. 17 to ensure Christmas delivery. 

3. Stock Show Poster (Zietlows Custom Signs) – $22

4. Keurig Brewing System (Kuerig) – $119 – Get your crew going in the morning with their favorite cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

5. Show Steer Toys (The Stock Show Toy Co.) – $11.50 – We know a lot of big and little kids that would love these cow toys. 

6. Pig USB/Flash Drive (Sure Champ) – $15 – Also, available in two steer colors. 

7. Fitting Poster (Livestock Legacy Imaging) – $10

We hope your family has a blessed holiday season! And don’t forget about your livestock friends in the barn.

Boot Guide…From the Ground Up

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The mention of major stock show season often conjures thoughts of great stock, great friends and  of course some good fashion too. The phrase, ‘good livestock starts from the ground up’, in our opinion, can be applied to fashion as well. So why not start off your major stock show season with a new pair of kicks?!  We have assembled some of our favorite footwear options that encompass everything a livestock showman must have – function, comfort, durability and a little style.

Hint, hint – these make great Christmas gifts as well!

Sure Champ Boot Guide: Anderson Bean Loch Ness Monster

Anderson Bean Loch Ness Monster- Available through Cavendar’s – $339

These boots are just an example of the trendy new hides available, check out the Big Bass Double Welt style for another unique option.

 

 

 

 

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Recipes from the Ranch

If I had to pick a season of the year that was my favorite, it would have to be fall. I love everything about it; school starting, football season, seasonal colors, candy corn, and Thanksgiving. This holiday has my favorite foods and sweetest memories.

The Thanksgiving holiday as a child was always spent at my grandparent’s homes with all my parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and brothers. It was a time when there was always too much food, tons of laughter and technology was nowhere in sight. It was definitely a simpler time and I try to recreate this in my own way each year for our girls. 

The last several years our Thanksgivings have been spent alternately between family gatherings at home and at Texas A&M University. In years past we cheered our Aggies as they took on the University of Texas, and will again this year with their big game against Louisiana State University. We hope as all Aggies say, that they BTHO out of LSU!

For this month’s Sure Champ post  I’ve chosen to share recipes that are near and dear to my heart with my Granny Louise Young’s Pecan Pie, my husband’s favorite ‘Sure is the Best Broccoli Rice Casserole’, my daughter Ilissa’s Zucchini Squares and Bethany’s (aka the baker) Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookies. I’ve also added in a simple recipe or two for what to do after Thanksgiving with that left over vegetable tray and a link here to my The Ranch Kitchen’s King Ranch Casserole where we use leftover turkey instead of chicken. It’s always an easy supper to make the next day or weekend after the big Thanksgiving meal.

Click on each of the links on the recipe names below to take you to the recipes. You can pin to your Pinterest boards, share with others or print a recipe card to use later.

I hope you enjoy these recipes shared today here on Sure Champ. My hope is that this Thanksgiving is your best yet and that the memories you make with your family and friends are sweet ones. 

 Alise Nolan – The Ranch Kitchen

Sure is the Best Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Junior Spotlight : Shaylee Senkel

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Shaylee Senkel

15-years-old

Ada, Oklahoma

Not your average young lady from Oklahoma. Shaylee takes her goals, activities and passion to the next level. Shaylee’s mom and mentor, Shawna,  has instilled the mantra, “If you’re gonna dream – dream BIG”.

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Shaylee and her family run a small group of registered Angus/Red Angus cattle. Their main focus is to breed and raise quality show cattle. Her show career began in 2009 and in 2013 she decided she wanted to start hauling to some major shows. She has been blessed to have several proud moments in the show ring this past year. Her proudest moment was winning Reserve Supreme Influence heifer at the Oklahoma Youth Expo last Spring with the Chi Influence heifer purchased from Buck Cattle Company.

“I knew she was good when I bought her, but she was slow to bloom and I never dreamed we would leave OKC winning such an amazing title. There is nothing like entering the “gateway of champions” for the Grand drive. My adrenalin was pumping and I was just so proud to be in the ring with so many outstanding heifers. I remember thinking how cool it was when the judge slapped Becca Moore’s great maintainer heifer as champion. I was so happy for her, because I had gotten to know her showing with the Buck family. Then when the judge reached for my hand & slapped my heifer I kept thinking this can’t be real,” says Shaylee.

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