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Little Miss Cowgirl shows steer at Victoria Livestock Show (w/video)

By Sara Sneath
Feb. 22, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

Macy Rae Cantu, 8, turns as she prepares to set up her steer, Casino, as she walks him in a pen at her family's home. This is Macy Rae's first time to show in the Victoria Livestock Show.

What do an 8-year-old beauty pageant winner and a 1,200-pound steer have in common? Together, the two will be competing in the market steer show at the Victoria Livestock Show.

Macy Rae Cantu, 8, of Inez, won Little Miss Cowgirl at the Queen Victoria pageant in January. Now, she and her white Simmental steer, Casino, are off to compete again.

Macy Rae said Casino and her aren't really friends.

Casino knocks over his food pail when she tries to feed him and slobbers on her shoulder sometimes.

"It's just terrible," Macy Rae said of the slobber. "I always have to have a talk with him when he acts up and he's rude to me."

This is her first year to show a steer in the livestock show. Macy Rae, a member of the Inez 4-H Club, trains Casino to be familiar with her touch by walking him and brushing his coat.

"If he's not trained, he won't even know you," she said. "He'll kick ya."

To get ready for the February competition, Macy Rae has been going to progress shows since June. At one progress show, Casino began to get excited and started kicking, but Macy Rae was able to calm him down on her own.

"It's a lot and a lot of work for steers," she said.

Macy Rae said her grandma keeps her motivated by giving her $5 for each ribbon she gets.

Despite the difficulties with training them, Macy Rae said she will continue showing steers in years to come, if for no other reason than because her dad continues to bring the large animals home.

"My dad just gets them and brings them home without even asking us," Macy Rae said.



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