February 2020 Curren’s Cows update:
We conducted our annual Curren’s Cows Board meeting this past weekend up in Paso Robles, here are a few things that will be coming up in the future. We will be putting on our 1st Curren’s Cows Golf tournament, we are planning on the having it the second week of June at the Reedy Creek golf course, everything is tentative at this time though. We will be looking for golf teams and sponsors, more information to come as we get the details worked out.
We will also be working on ways to get the word out for applications, we only received a handful this year and feel we need to get it out there so more kids could apply for the opportunity, as well as build up interest from donors who would support the program.
We had the privilege of visiting with both girls and their heifers this past weekend at Western Bonanza, they are both outstanding young women who are doing great jobs with their heifers and seem to be really enjoying the opportunity. Their heifers are in excellent condition, well cared for and did very well in the show.
The smiles and enthusiasm both young ladies displayed was very rewarding to me, Curren’s Cows Foundation is doing what we set out to do, “keeping the memory of Curren’s love of cows going and supporting others who have that same passion.”
I want to take this time to thank all those who have supported us these first few years, we would not have gotten here without you.
Announcing the 2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients: Jenna Schmidt of Visalia and Kylie Konyn of Escondido.
Jenna’s Application Essay:
A buckle isn’t won on show day, but the early mornings and late nights in the show barn. After three years of showing cattle this was probably the first lesson I learned. If I want to be successful I can’t just show up to a jackpot with expectations to win if I barely work with my animal. Getting up before school and staying up late to make sure my animal is washed, fed, and exercised is key to success.
Three years of showing cattle have taught me everything from hard work, to time management, and so much more. But sadly since my county fair is so late I am unable to show a market steer for my senior year because I will be off to college. After graduation, I plan on attending a four-year college and majoring in animal science. I plan on attending vet school after my graduate to become a large animal vet and primarily work with cattle and horses. My second career choice is pursuing a career in the beef industry.
I have a love and passion for the beef industry and meat science. During my freshman year I had a slight interest in showing cattle but quite honestly had absolutely no experience around cattle and had no clue what I was getting myself into. Yet, my ag teacher, thankfully, talked me into trying it for one year. I caught the showing fever and never was able to put the show stick down afterward. My first steer, I made a promise to myself to give my project a 100 % effort so I could look back from the experience and have no regrets. I believe that’s one of my better qualities, if I promise to do something, I’m gonna do it to the best of my abilities. I never do anything partly or half done because that’s just not my mindset. If I set my mind to it I’m gonna accomplish it. My first county fair I brought home my first buckle and banner. It wasn’t the fitting job and the hair products that won me Reserve Supreme Champion Market Steer that day it was the all hard work that started months before.
In conclusion, it would be such an honor to represent Curren’s Cows by showing a heifer for the foundation this year. I have only shown market steers, so showing a heifer would be an amazing experience to try something new and learn more about the production side of beef cattle.
Hello, my name is Kylie Konyn. I am a member of the 56 Ranchers 4-H beef project and this is my ninth year completing the beef project. I would be honored to be given the opportunity to raise and show a heifer for numerous reasons. I enjoy participating at both local and jackpot shows with quality animals. I also enjoy practicing and would like to increase both my showmanship and fitting skills. I would be honored to be given the opportunity to compete at more shows, therefore increasing my knowledge of the show and beef industry around me.
As I am currently in my junior year, I have started to visit different colleges and plan for my future. I would like to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Wisconsin at Madison, or Cornell University, majoring in Ruminant Biology with a minor in Animal Genetics. I would eventually like to continue my education, earning my masters or possibly a doctorate in the field of agriculture or veterinary medicine. Throughout my remaining 4-H years and into college, I would like to participate on judging and knowledge bowl teams in addition to continuing my involvement with jackpots. I would also like to expand my business, Aspire Livestock, which aims and breeding and raising quality livestock for local 4-H members and hopefully, someday beyond my local 4-H on the competitive show circuit.
Bovine, and in particular the beef, is an intriguing industry. There is numerous different competitions you can compete in from judging, to breed, to market, and showmanship. There is a particular art to raising every animal slightly differently. Probably the most intriguing part to me is nutrition and fitting. Every animal must be properly fed to reach their end goal whether it is on a dinner plate as someone’s steak or in the pasture as a replacement heifer. When it comes to fitting, it is amazing how different techniques help to enhance an animals’ physical features and correct their imperfections.
I have been told and consider myself a very hardworking, dedicated individual. I enjoy hands on work and strongly believe in the theory of learning by doing. When unable to show superior animals through my first years in 4-H, I worked on breeding and developing a commercial herd that has since been used as recipients for my genetically superior animals. I enjoy helping younger participants, as shown by my teen leadership involvement in numerous 4-H projects. I currently have limited funds which provide me enough to either purchase a quality animal or be able to jackpot and exhibit the animal at numerous fairs, but unfortunately not both. I hope that you will please consider my application for the Curren’s cow Scholarship.
Sincerely, Kylie Konyn
We are looking at doing a fund raiser, For any donation of $75 ($150 or more 2 hoodies) or more, made from now until November 30, you will receive a Curren’s Cows Hoodie, We will order the Hoodies the first week of December. If a donation is made on line please message me the sizes, if by check include the size. Would anyone be interested?
September 24, 2019. 8 days left to get your Applications in!
We are getting ready for this next years entries to start coming in, if you are interested the applications are due in by October 1. It is okay to turn them in prior to the first, last year I received all the applications between the 30 of September and October 1st. hope you apply and good luck.
Hello everyone, just wanted to say a few things, even though we do not select the recipient for the scholarship until October anyone who is interested in apply can turn in their application prior to the cut off. Last year we received all the applications with just a few days left. this year we have been very fortunate to be able to help three great kids, I hope we are able to do the same or more this next year. It is time for the foundation to start seeking donations for the up coming year, if you can donate or know of others who might be interested please pass the information on.
Not a day goes by that I do not think of the little man the foundation is named for, but as I look back over what has been accomplished this last year, I think about all the people who have played a big part in getting the foundation this far. I can not thank everyone enough for their support, contribution and guidance. I am so happy that we can do what we are doing, the young men and women we are able to sponsor have been wonderful, we wish them further success with their projects as well as their future endeavors. Even though we are half way through this first year of sponsorship’s it is time to start working towards next year: looking for sponsors, donations and future applicants.
Thank you everyone who has contributed in one way or another to the foundation, it success is your success.
I want to take this time to thank the board members for all their help this first year and everyone who has donated to Curren’s Cows. We have two exceptional people we are helping out this year, Danna and her heifer are doing great and Jonathan is learning a ton with his steer. We have given them both an opportunity that, without our help, would have never taken place.
It is already time for the foundation to start seeking donations and sponsors for the upcoming year’s projects. I am going to continue to see if we can get a feed sponsor it would help to cut our expenses. We will be sending out fund raising notices soon.
Again, thank you everyone who has opened their hearts and been a part of this cause.
November 6, 2018
We have selected out first scholarship recipient as well as the steer project recipient, at the end of this month we will be posting their monthly overview of their projects. I want to thank everyone who has donated to the program and hope you will continue to support us in the up coming years. I truly believe we will have a positive impact on these young men and women’s lives. Look for their reports at the beginning of next month.
October 15, 2018
We have been reviewing all the applications and will be making our selection this week sometime, with such strong candidates it has been a difficult process. I will say it is reassuring to see so many dedicated, hard working young people out there. For all of you who applied for the scholarship; please stay on the path you are on, you will all be successful in life and your parents should be very proud of you.
October 4, 2018
The application deadline has passed, I want to thank all who applied and let you know you made it very difficult for us to make a decision. We will be reviewing the applications and getting back to everyone in the next week or so. I wish we could award all of you a scholarship but sadly we can’t. If you are not chosen please remain positive, from what I can tell from your applications and essays, you are all special people with good things ahead in your future. Remember to apply again next year.
September 28, 2018
Just a few days left to get in your applications, if you have any questions please send me an Email at email@example.com, good luck.
September 12, 2018
19 more days to get your applications in, we have not received any as of yet, I would hate have to wait until next year. If anyone has sent theirs in please contact me so we can see what has happened.
Well we have less than a month until the applications are due in, I hope to see some of them coming in soon. If there are any questions or anyone needs assistance feel free to contact us via email, we will try and answer your questions or assist you as best we can.
This being the first year I truly hope we have thought of all the variables and we have everything in place to make this first year a success.
Can’t wait to start seeing the applications coming in, good luck to those who apply.
We are getting closer, I hope to start seeing applications soon. We should be in a good place this first year with both the heifer and funds to support the project. Not sure if the word has gotten out to everyone and I am still trying to find ways to get the word out to those who would like to apply. I am continuing to look for sponsors and would really like to team up with one of the feed mills in the state to help with the feed, I will keep trying. We have had a lot of individuals donate to the foundation and this has been a great help, I want to thank everyone who has donated thus far, it is really appreciated.
If anyone wishes to donate please do so, you can do it on line are by mail, and if anyone knows a person who would be an excellent candidate for the scholarship please direct them to the website.
I’m getting a little nervous, hoping everything goes well this first year, well that is it until next month.
Thank you for visiting our site.
I have noticed a more activity on the site, most going to the scholarship application dropdown, remember to get started early if you are applying so you can have all the needed material completed. The earlier we receive them the more time we will have to review them, giving us the best opportunity to select the right recipient.
We are continuing to work on donations, my goal is to be able to build enough of a reserve so we have the funds in our account to cover 2 years of scholarships.
For those of you who visit this sight that knew Curren, know that 2 years ago this month we lost him, for those of you who did not know him, he was a very loving, curious, and intelligent little boy who made everybody around him smile. He would have been so happy that one of his cows had calf, he would have never left the barn.
Until next month,
As County fair season hits it full stride for 2018, the school year has ended, not many are thinking of next season and the new school year. I encourage you to apply for the scholarship if you have a desire to raise a quality heifer, experience the satisfaction of working hard on a project and seeing what the end results are. Spending the time with an animal and knowing you are responsible for its care and the harder you work and the more effort you put into that project the better your experience will be.
Applications need to be in by October 1st at the latest, they can be e-mailed or mailed, make sure to follow the instructions and fill out the application completely. If you have any questions please e-mail them.