Esther Mccabe – Miss American Angus 2013
Read her speech, Will the Circle be Unbroken?, delivered at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).
Greetings from Kansas! It is so hard to believe that I am already four months into being Miss American Angus! (That means there is only eight more months, not nearly long enough!) November 14th seems like it was just yesterday when I was crowned in Louisville, Kentucky at the North American International Livestock Exposition. Thinking back to the moment when my name was called still seems unreal to this day but I am so glad that my dad let my sister, Hannah, fly in to be there with me! The other four girls I competed with have become my friends that otherwise I may not have known but I look forward to seeing all of them again! Since November, time seems to move faster and more and more events take place.
Finishing my new duties with Brooke Harward, the 2012 Miss American Angus that weekend at the NAILE taught me so much. Upon arriving home, I couldn’t believe how the word had spread and how many different publications the crowning was published in! Since then, I have been to several different parts of the United States. The weekend after I got home, I went to Dalebanks Angus Sale in Eureka, KS; my first outing ever as Miss American Angus! A couple weeks later, my dad and two friends from college went with me to Pratt, Kansas to attend the Kansas Angus Association sponsored Commercial Female Sale. The day before Christmas, we headed to Butler, Missouri to visit Dr. Curtis and Ann Long as well as wish them a Merry Christmas!
My next outing came in early January when I boarded the plane to head to the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Building Blocks. It was a little nerve racking because I had never flown alone before! Before going, I brushed up on my CAB knowledge but little did I know that I only touched on one part of what it really is. (Who would have guessed they do so much in Wooster, Ohio?!?) I managed to make it there and back in one piece and just in time (one day in fact) to leave for Denver, Colorado for the National Western Stock Show. Hannah and I drove out and it was snowy, cold, and wet! I did not know how I was going to survive in a skirt and heels. By the time my dad arrived before my duties started, it had warmed up and made for a very enjoyable week!
The following weekend, my oldest brother, Flinton and I headed down south for a little warmer weather in Fort Worth, Texas for their Junior Show. Guess what? It wasn’t ANY warmer than home AND it was raining. But hey, that’s the way it goes, right? We stayed there for a couple of nights before heading to Hutchinson, KS that same weekend for our state junior show where we crowned the new Miss Kansas Angus and Ambassador!
We have now reached the first weekend in February when we decided to test our luck again and head back down south for warmer weather for the Fort Worth ROV Show. This time my mom accompanied my brother and I. She must have been the good luck charm because it was sunny! My other brother, Ethan and Hannah both happened to be in Fort Worth too (it’s funny how sometimes you have to go to other states to see your family!)
That has been my winter activities and I cannot wait to start going to more sales and events to meet new people! This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would be amiss if I did not thank the Trosper family for all the help that they have given me thus far as well as all the members of the association that have gone out of their way and given me assistance everywhere I go. My family makes sure that I am on top of deadlines as well as making sure farm work doesn’t get in the way this year- thank you! With that, I hope you have a great spring and summer!