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Fifth-grader double winner at Livestock Show (video)

March 1, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

Danny Blank gives his daughter, Aimsley, 10, both of Yorktown, an affectionate bop on the nose as she perches on the pen of her grand champion market lamb Friday during the Cuero Livestock Show at the Friar Ag Center. Aimsley won both grand champion and reserve champion in the market lamb division of this year's show and credits much of her success to her father.

You couldn't blame audience members at the Cuero Livestock Show if they thought they were seeing double during the lamb auction Friday night at the Friar Ag Center.

After selling her grand champion lamb Stroker, Yorktown fifth-grader Aimsley Blank re-entered the sale ring to sell her reserve champion sheep, Peanut.

It wasn't the first time Aimsley had folks seeing double and perhaps experiencing a little deja vu.

In her first-ever livestock show in 2011 as a third-grader, Aimsley won both grand and reserve with her lambs. In 2012, she again took grand champion honors.

"It's a family tradition. I'm just carrying it on," Aimsley said. "My dad taught me and my sister, and he's teaching my little brother. He showed lambs when he was in school, and so did his sisters and brothers."

Danny Blank, beaming at his daughter's third consecutive grand champion showing, acknowledged the family history.

"Our family has been showing sheep since I was little," said the 1993 graduate of Cuero High School. "We lived in town, and I couldn't have a steer, couldn't have a pig, so I started with a sheep and fell in love with it."

Aimsley's older sister, Courtney Nash, was a grand champion exhibitor at the Cuero show in 2006.

Blank said Aimsley took quickly to working with the sheep.

"No. 1, she likes animals," he said. "She likes being with them. At some point, it just clicked. She's just good at it."

Aimsley said getting the lamb prepared for the show is the toughest part, especially getting them to keep their back level.

"The most fun part is actually going to the shows," she added. "It's fun, but stressful."

Aimsley and her lambs will hit the road for more shows starting next week.

"We'll go to Houston next week and Austin the week after," Blank said. "She and her brother (7-year-old Kale Blank) love doing it, and I love doing anything with them."

Aimsley again deflected credit for her success to her father.

"I've got to hand it to him; he's pretty good," she said.

Apparently, so is Aimsley.



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