In high school Emilee became involved in her FFA chapter. She fell in love with raising animals and showing them. Emilee started showing market lambs, but switched to Red Brangus cattle two years ago with the help of breeder Don Cox and his amazing staff that supported Emilee whenever she needed assistance. She began showing both a red and a black heifer, but Emilee knew her love was with the Red Brangus and sold her black heifer. In her first year of being an IJBBA member she decided to run for the Junior Brangus Board and made it on her first attempt. Being one of the only junior board members to show Red Brangus, Emilee believes her position is very important to help encourage other junior showman that they too can show red heifers.
In only her first year showing cattle her Red Brangus heifer won breed champion at The Saddle and Sirloin show in 2013 thus winning Emilee her first belt buckle. Also in her first year of showing Red Brangus at Houston her heifer was Division Champion. In this past year of showing she has won her division at the Louisiana State Fair and also at the Oklahoma Fair. She has also won first in class and Division Champion at the Brangus Futurity 2014. Emilee is quick to point out though that none of this would be possible without the encouragement and support of her amazing mother Kimberly Robb. As Emilee puts it, “… she is there for me and supports me in everything I set my mind to”.
Emilee has now begun a registered Red Brangus operation of her own. She anxiously awaits for April to arrive as she has already enrolled in the Bovine Elite AI and Palpation Clinic. Once she receives her certification she plans to do all of her own AI and Palpation work in her growing registered herd. This will help Emilee to advance her young herd quickly as she is currently retaining all replacement females but she does have plans to start marketing her cattle in the future. Emilee is currently a Certified Veterinary Assistant as well and enjoys keeping up with her certifications and adding new ones.
When asked what her plans are for college, Emilee stated that because she is so involved with her show cattle she desires to start college locally and attend classes in her hometown getting the basics under her belt. She is then looking to transfer to Texas A & M but is not limiting her options. She plans on studying Veterinary Medicine and after school returning to her cattle and becoming a large animal mobile Vet. While in vet school she will continue to manage her herd with the help of family, so upon graduation her herd will be there for her. She definitely plans to continue showing and breeding Registered Red Brangus.
The question came up on what advice Emilee would have for junior members and she humbly pointed out that she still considers herself a “newcomer” since she has only been involved in the organization for two years. She stated that her only advice would be to hit the ground running. Emilee also quickly pointed out that you should make friends, ask questions, don’t be shy, and don’t let anyone intimidate you because she promises everyone is willing to help. She also encourages everyone to go to as many shows and junior events as possible, even if you don’t take cattle to the show, still go so you can watch and meet more people. Emilee has a wonderful outlook on meeting people. Emilee says, “Everyone is a stranger until you meet them, so don’t be afraid to shake their hand first”. She also says, “If you love it as much as I do then nothing will hold you back”.
Emilee is certainly one to keep eye-on as she is very driven and focused on what she wants to achieve. I suspect we will be calling her Dr. Emilee Garza one day.