This month, we shine our Sure Champ® Spotlight on two young people who are no strangers to success. They know the hard work and dedication it takes to #PreptoWin at home, and are grateful when that work is rewarded.
We are going to spotlight Maelee Dean and Corbin Coyle, two Southern exhibitors who have livestock showing in their blood. They work hard, enjoy their friends along the way, and put in 110% every day.
Meet Maelee Dean
Maelee Dean is the 16-year-old daughter of Ric and Dia Dean from Vienna, Georgia. She has three sisters, Maddie, Mary Richard and Margo. She is homeschooled and in her junior year of high school.
Meet Corbin Coyle
Corbin Coyle is from Danville, Kentucky. The 19-year-old graduated from Boyle County High School.
Both Corbin and Maelee have shown livestock competitively, although maybe not always within the species they are most passionate about now. Let’s learn a little more about these two teens and how they maximize their time to bring home the purple banners.
Tell us about yourself.
MD: Hello! My name is Maelee Dean. My journey to the show ring began when my older sister, Maddie, started showing steers when she was 9. After she exhibited her first Hereford fat steer, we were hooked and knew there was nothing else we enjoyed more.
Aside from showing cattle, you can find me judging livestock, assisting my family on our row-crop and cow-calf operation or helping at my church. There’s nothing that I enjoy more than helping my family with our cattle operation or working my own Charolais operation, MED 4 cattle.
CC: My name is Corbin Coyle. I plan to attend RCC next year. In my free time, I enjoy golfing with all my buddies.
What species/breeds do you show?
MD: I have shown heifers and steers for the past six years. You can find me holding the halter of any colored steer, and I’m mainly showing Maine-Anjou heifers.
CC: I show pigs. All colors and ear sets.
Which Sure Champ® products do you use?
MD: In my barn, we use Vita Charge® Liquid Boost and Vita Charge Stress Tub HEAT®.
CC: I use Liquid Boost.
What are the biggest benefits you have seen using our products?
MD: The biggest benefit I have seen when using Sure Champ and Vita Charge products in my barn is that they keep my cattle as healthy as possible. These products are proven and are not just some magic in a bottle.
CC: The biggest benefit I have seen using the product is its ability to be used with other products to get the desired fill, hydration and look. Another benefit is pigs tend to love the taste of Liquid Boost, which is ideal for picky eaters.
What is your favorite show, and why?
MD: My favorite show is easily the Maine-Anjou and Chianina Junior National. Nothing compares to the ultimate week of showing cattle, competing in multiple competitions, and seeing friends from across the country within one show. There is no show quite comparable to the quality of livestock and people that meet together for one event.
Undoubtedly, Maine-Anjou and Chiannia Junior National is the highlight of my year and I hope everyone plans to join us as we are Keepin’ it Reel June 22-27, 2024, in Springfield, Missouri.
CC: My favorite show has to be Kansas City because all four species are there at the same time, and you see people you don’t get to see any other time of the year.
What is your favorite pre-show ritual?
MD: My favorite pre-show ritual is to say a quick prayer and then jam out to music. After getting my mind right with the Lord by saying a prayer I always feel focused on achieving the goal that I have set for in the show ring and jamming out music always hypes me up.
CC: I don’t really have a pre-show ritual.
What are your plans for the future?
MD: My plan for my future is to attend a community college with the intention of being a member of the livestock judging team. Additionally, after receiving my associate degree, I plan to transfer to a 4-year university to attain my bachelor’s degree while continuing my livestock judging career.
CC: My plans for the future are to graduate college and continue to do things in this industry.
Who is your biggest role model, and why?
MD: My biggest role models are my parents. From growing up watching them succeed in everything they set their minds to they both have illustrated the importance of hard work. Through their actions, I have learned the characteristics that are needed to succeed.
CC: I could never choose a single person because I’m blessed with so many positive influences in my life. It would have to include my parents, the Goss family, Bobby and Smoot and Brennen North.
What is your favorite/greatest accomplishment?
MD: My greatest accomplishment is owning and operating my own purebred Charolais operation with my three other sisters. With many banners and buckles to prove my success in the show ring, nothing compares to the gratification of owning your own operation. I pride myself in knowing it has been generated simply by my sisters and my hard work and our dedication to succeed.
-Coming from a row-crop-focused family and not having any background in seedstock production, our operation was truly built from the ground. Every title and win is incomparable to the accomplishment of defining the odds and running your own business.
CC: My greatest accomplishment is winning the Breeding Gilt Show at NAILE.
Do you have any special and/or major achievements from this year that stand out?
MD: My biggest achievement from this summer was becoming a Maine-Anjou junior board member. Being on a national breed association board has been a huge goal of mine. I am so thankful I have finally achieved it and can’t wait to see where this opportunity takes me.
CC: Winning the Breeding Gilt Show at NAILE.
From leaders inside and outside the show ring, Sure Champ is proud to shine its spotlight on two young people like Maelee and Corbin! Congratulations on all your accomplishments this year, and we look forward to seeing what your future holds. We also appreciate that you use Sure Champ products to help #PoweryourChampions.
Do you Want to be like Maelee and Corbin?
You, too, can power your champions with Sure Champ products. Sure Champ products contain AO-Biotics® Amaferm®, a prebiotic research-proven to enhance digestibility. Since we know that 70% of the immune response starts in the digestive system, keeping that healthy helps keep your animals performing.
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