Cowgirls win belt buckle bling at Clemson cattle competition
PENDLETON — Bethany Prescott has more than good memories to bring home after the 2014 South Carolina Junior Beef Round-Up. She has a shiny new buckle to add to her collection and, most importantly, bragging rights for a year.
The 20-year old from Gray Court shared the spotlight with 17-year old Caitlin Griffin from Westminster by taking top honors in senior showmanship at the annual event, which is held each August for junior cattlemen and their families at Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena.
Griffin and Prescott posed for photographs with proud parents and prize heifers under a bright blue banner, buckles sparkling almost as brightly as their smiles.
Living on a cattle farm is “a great environment to learn about good work and integrity,” Prescott said, citing tradition and the lush beauty of the farm as among their reasons for competing.
“The skills these youth develop here really help prepare them to be leaders in the beef industry,” said Robin Long, who coordinated the Aug. 1-3 event. Participants gain valuable experience and networking as well as opportunities to win a share of more than $6,000 in scholarships and awards.
Both young winners come from farm families with proud traditions of raising high-quality stock. Prescott’s family farm, Bull Hill, raises Red Angus cattle, one of which was a yearling named Bull Hill Julie who helped her bring home the top prize.
The shiny-coated heifer also collected her reward after the win: a back scratch, a bucket of sweet grain and a nap.