Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Not Enough Words to Describe This Last Month

Surprising, wonderful, eventful, are just a few of the words I could use to describe the last month! Being crowned as the new 2010 - 2011 National Hereford Queen was without a doubt the most wonderful moment in my life. That day as Katie Killian, 2009 - 2010 placed my new crown on my head and my new sash around my shoulders, I knew my life would never be the same.

For the last month, I have been busy choosing my new wardrobe. The honor of wearing white suits and white boots were a daunting task! But with the Internet in front of us, my mom and I found just the right outfits with the help of our best friend 'Google'.

I looked forward toward getting to serve as National Hereford Queen at the National American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Tickets were bought, bags were packed and my dad and I took off on our first trip of many! Mom was a little nervous about my hair and not being with me...but felt sure dad could put in a few hair pins as needed! It had become our new family joke! You'll see a picture of my hair above!

Louisville proved to be a really great show. I can't say it wasn't really cold. I remembered showing there at a National Jr. Hereford Show, but had never shown in the 'big' ring before. Watching and assisting with the banners, ribbons, and Golden Bulls was a real honor. I guided in division after division of wonderful Hereford cattle. Standing beside them as they proudly took their class, division, and grand champion pictures made me smile from the inside out. I know the work and dedication it takes get a champion to that point and standing beside them brought back memories of my win at the Houston Jr. Livestock Show where I won Grand Champion once.

After that fast trip, it was back to high school and all my other activities. In Gilmer life in the fall revolves around football. As head cheerleader this year, I get to cheer for our defending Texas 3A State Champion Football Team. Winning district and continuing to the playoffs takes up every Saturday from November through December. This year has proven to be no exception. Just this past Saturday, our Buckeyes lost our run for state, but I couldn't have been prouder of their effort or of our cheerleaders! In the past 7 years, we have won two state titles, one of which I got to cheer for.

My second deep involvement and one that I hold right up next to my roots with Herefords is my love for the FFA. Gilmer FFA has been a constant in my life since I was in the 2nd grade. As a member of our Jr. FFA this is where I began to show Hereford cattle, hogs, and roasters. I became involved in our CDE and LDE contest each spring and fall and now serve as our Gilmer FFA Chapter President and Texas FFA Area VI Associaton First Vice President. This fall I competed for my second time in Job Interview and first time in the FFA Creed. In the last month I worked hard and practiced placing 1st at District with both contest and then advancing to area competition and then state with Job Interview. This meant a huge sacrifice was in store for me. I have found that whether it comes to football, FFA, school, or Hereford shows, schedules sometimes conflict. This case was no exception and sadly my State FFA Job Interview Contest fell on the same dates as the National Western Nugget in Reno, Nevada, my next scheduled show as queen. It's hard to be excited, but torn at the same time, but there was no other way to explain it. After much prayer and discussion with my parents it was decided for me to attend the competition, and miss Reno since it was not a mandatory show for National Hereford Queens. Adding to my decision was that I was the only person from my school to make it to the state competition. My advisers and fellow members had put a lot of faith in me to let them down now by not competing.

So as the week comes to an end I will be at Sam Houston State, not Reno. Half my heart will be in Reno, wishing I was there, but the other half will be competing, hoping that next year I can compete on the national level in Job Interview.

My month has been busy, my next year will be a whirlwind, but what a fantastic opportunity I have ahead of me. The chance to be National Hereford Queen is one I will take with me forever! Thank you to my family, and the many people who guided, mentored, and assisted me to this point. I look forward to meeting many new juniors and adult members of our associations in the next year. The opportunity to brag about our Hereford cattle, Certified Hereford Beef that I eat almost every night, and the chance to motivate and inspire juniors like myself to get involved in National Junior Hereford Association is one I will not take lightly!

Happy holidays everyone. A special hug to all the Hereford Queens I have met this last year. What a great time we had in Kansas City! And good luck if you are showing in Reno! There are not enough words to describe this last month. Thank you to everyone!

Bethany Nolan
2010 - 2011 National Hereford Queen

Monday, November 1, 2010


2011 National Hereford Queen, Bethany Nolan, 1st Runner Up, Mary Potter, 2nd Runner Up, Laken Lierle, Miss Congeniality, Mary Porter


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Queen Orientation

On Friday afternoon the National Hereford Queen Contestants met at the American Hereford Association headquarters building. The young women had the opportunity to tour the facility and expand their knowledge of the industry.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Keystone International Livestock Show, Harrisburg, PA

The National Hereford Show is currently taking place in Harrisburg, Pa. Katie Killian, National Hereford Queen was very busy, handing out ribbons and awards at her second to last show as queen!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

National Hereford Queen Competition

The National Hereford Queen Competition will take place this year in conjunction with the American Royal in Kansas City, MO. There are nine excellent young women running this year!

Below is the competition schedule:
Friday, October 29, 2010

12PM Interviews-AHA Headquarters, 1501 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO (official outfit or interview attire)
4PM Queen Orientation-AHA Headquarters (casual attire-no banners or crowns!)
7PM Queen Social hosted by National Hereford Queen (casual attire-no banners or crowns!)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

9AM National Hereford Women Breakfast, Governor’s Room, American Royal Complex (official outfit)
2:30PM Preview Ladies of the Royal Sale, American Royal Complex (official outfit)javascript:void(0)
4:00PM Ladies of the Royal Sale (official outfit)
6:30PM Boots and Brew Reception, Governor’s Room, American Royal Complex (official outfit)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

7AM Meet at American Royal Complex for photo and to set up awards (official outfit)
8AM Hereford Junior Show (official outfit)
Approximately 4PM National Queen Coronation, before the announcement of National Champion bull

Monday, November 1, 2010

9AM American Hereford Association Board Meeting, Hotel President (for newly crowned National Queen Only)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Miss Missouri

What is your favorite memory as queen

My favorite memory is Junior Nationals 2010 getting to meet all the other queens and meeting new people in the Hereford industry

What do you like most about being queen?

I love wearing the tiara and having people ask me questions about the Hereford Breed.

Any funny moments?

Riding to the Hereford Women's Breakfast with Mary and Miss. Diann, she made sure we got there more than on time!

Future aspirations?

I plan to get a degree in Ag Business and would like to own my own business and continue to develop my herd and live close to our family farm

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

National Hereford Queen

Name: Katie Killian
Home state: Texas

What you like most about being queen?

I like interacting with different people.

What is your favorite memory of being queen?

At Reno this past December, there was a group of little girls who followed me around. There was even a little girl that would not leave the show without sitting in the "white queen's" chair!

Any funny moments?

Last year at the queen competition in Kansas City my mom and I went to the grocery store near our hotel. I was in my full queen outfit. The man at the check out counter said to me, "You are pretty enough to be a real queen!". He thought I was dressed up for Halloween!

What are your future aspirations?

I am attending Texas A&M in the fall. After graduating with my degree in nutrition I plan to attend medical school.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Miss Illinois Horned

Name: Mary Kline
State: Illinois

What do you like most about being queen?

I like meeting new people and having a good view of the show.

Best Memory as Queen

When I was princess a little girl helped me pass out ribbons...she was so cute!

What would you say to young girls to get them involved in the queen program?

It is great to be queen! You get to get dressed up and receive a crown. You also get to meet new people.

Future Aspirations

I would like to be involved in agriculture business.

Any funny moments as queen?

During opening ceremonies at the Junior National I had jeans under my skirt and I had to quick change at my tack area. In general I have had to change in the stalls several times this week, which has been interesting.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Miss Oregon

Name: Amelia Stallings
State: Oregon

What do you like most about being queen?

I like watching the cattle classes, seeing the animals, and being up close to the show.

What is your favorite memory of being queen?

My Oregon state queen coronation.

What are your future aspirations?

I would like to be involved in the beef industry and continue showing.

Do you have any funny moments as queen?

The other day I was passing out ribbons and a junior got his show stick stuck in my banner and ended up stabbing me!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Miss Texas Polled

Name: Keely Hamman
State: Texas

What do you like most about being queen?

I like watching the show and the kids. It also enjoyable being a mentor to the youth. Representing the great state of Texas is special to me as well.

Best Memory as Queen

2010 Junior National in Indianapolis, Indiana

What would you say to young girls to encourage them to get involved with the Hereford industry and queen program?

Girls dominate. It is a lot of fun being queen. When your involved in a breed, such as Herefords you gain another family.

What are your future aspirations?

I would like to attend Texas Tech of A&M to obtain a degree in Agriculture Communications.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Meet the Queens

Queen: Kimberly Katich
State: Ohio

What do you like most about being queen?

I really enjoy meeting new people throughout the United States.

Best memory as queen

The queen competition at Kansas City last October was my favorite queen memory.

What are your future aspirations?

I plan to attend Veterinary Technician school, own my own Hereford farm, raise a family and teach my children about Hereford cattle.

Junior National Recap

Great week at the Junior National in Indy! There were many queens representing the Hereford breed at this exciting event! All of the queen did an excellent job passing out ribbons, holding awards in photos, and speaking to breeders! In the next few weeks there will be short video messages from the young women appearing here. Be sure to check back so you have the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the queens and the program.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

National Hereford Women Breakfast

Tuesday morning the queens attended the NHW breakfast which was held at the Farm Bureau building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Each queen introduced herself to the audience and assisted in handing out the door prizes to guests.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Queen Orienation

Monday afternoon was a lot of fun! All of the state queens came together for queen orientation which was held in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Debbie Wiley did an excellent job of educating the young women about proper etiquette, social skills, and table manners! The queens will have the opportunity to demonstrate their new skills at the National Hereford Women Breakfast, held this morning at the Farm Bureau building at the fairgrounds.

Opening ceremonies also took place on Monday. The event began with the parade of state flags and juniors followed by Katie Killian, National Hereford Queen holding the American flag. Randy Owen entertained the crowd with a wonderful rendition of our National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Finally in Indy!

Today marks the first day of the 2010 Junior National Hereford Expo held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Queen orientation begins at p.m. in Meeting room #4 of the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. This year we are privileged to have Debbie Wiley as our guest speaker. Debbie lives in Carmel Indiana with her husband Mark and they have enjoyed raising 5 children and are now experiencing the joys of grandparenting, with grandbaby #7 being born on Mother’s Day.Debbie works at WTHR- Channel 13in Indianapolis, as the Executive Assistant to thePresident and General Manager and earned a degree from Butler University in Journalism and Communications. Debbie has worked for a professional modeling agency and the Indiana Cotillion Society as an instructor. She is a very experienced judge within many pageant systems including judging the Indiana State Fair Queen pageant in 2008, the Kentucky State Fair, the Mrs. Kentucky Pageant and within the Miss America Organization. Debbie won the titles of Mrs. Indiana America and Mrs. Indiana USA. Debbie has been seen as an on camera talent for WFYI Public Television during all of their fundraising campaigns. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Miss Central Indiana Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss Indiana Pageant and she currently serves as the President of the Local Directors Association.

Be on the look out this week for the official queen T-shirts which the young ladies will be wearing when they are not busy in the show ring handing out awards and prizes!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Junior National Hereford Expo

I hope everyone is getting excited for the Junior National in Indy this summer! For all state queens preparing to attend, please remember to bring a pillow to sit on in the showring and a pen to keep track of the classes in the show program. If you have not already, please make sure to email Margeaux at margeauxfirestine@gmail to inform her that you will be attending the JNHE as a queen! Below is a schedule of events for the queen program at the Junior National:

Junior National Schedule of Events

Monday, July 5
2 p.m. Queen orientation, Meeting Room #4, Upstairs in Blue Ribbon Pavilion
Dress: casual

7 p.m. Opening ceremonies- be at Showring at 6:30PM to line up to walk in state flag
Dress: official dress, crown and banner required

Tuesday, July 6

7AM- Meet at Farm Bureau Building to be seated
7:30 a.m. National Hereford Women breakfast, Farm Bureau Building
Dress: Official dress, crown and banner required

Wednesday, July 7

8 a.m. Combined steer show followed by national showmanship contest
Showmanship contest, ring 1: senior, intermediate, and senior final
Ring 2: peewee and junior divisions
-Note: attendance not required, Katie will lead this event

Thursday, July 8

7AM- Meet at show ring to set up awards
8 a.m. Cow-calf pairs, bred-and-owned bulls, junior AI bulls, bred-and owned-heifers, junior AI heifers
Dress: official with crown and banner

Friday, July 9

7AM- Photo at Backdrop next to show arena
8 a.m. Begin owned heifer show
6 p.m. Awards dinner and ceremony
Dress: official with crown and banner

Saturday, July 10

7:30AM- Meet at showring to set up awards
8 a.m. Resume owned heifer show

Saturday, March 27, 2010

You've Got Mail!!!

State Hereford Queen Chairman's please check your email mailbox for information regarding the Junior National Hereford Expo! Please contact the National Hereford Queen chairman ASAP if you did not receiving this email! It is very important that we have an accurate count of how many queens will be present at the JNHE this summer in Indy.

Friday, February 26, 2010

I’ve Been Everywhere, Man.

That seems to be my theme song these past couple months! In January and February, I attended Denver, Fort Worth – twice –, and San Angelo. Denver was, as always, so much fun. The weather was wonderfully mild – which anyone who has been to the National Western can agree is a blessing! I attended the Carload and Pen show for the first time, and it was a great experience. I attended the Fort Worth Junior Shows the next weekend. The last weekend in January, I had to fight a blizzard to get the Fort Worth Open Show! Biting my nails waiting for the roads to open was not fun, but the weekend most definitely was. Being from Texas, I’d like to brag and say the hospitality there was the very best – but the truth is, every show I have been to has been amazing. After those hectic weeks, were two weeks of catching up on homework and then I went to San Angelo. I love this stock show because of the close-knit atmosphere that the Hereford breeders have. Next up on the calendar is Houston; try to keep warm and have a wonderful beginning of spring!

-Katie Killian, National Hereford Queen

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Attention State Queen Chairmen!!!

Please complete the "State Queen Information" form by July 1, 2010. The form can be found here . The form can be sent to the National Hereford Queen Chairman, Margeaux Firestine at

It is very important that you submit your queen information as soon as possible, so the committee can have an accurate count of who will be present at the queen orientation at the Junior National this summer!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Denver Bound!!!

This coming week the Hereford royalty will be traveling to the mile high city for the National Western Stock Show. This will be our National Polled Hereford Queen, Kirbie Day's last event as queen. Kirbie has done an extraordinary job representing the Hereford industry this past year. Please make sure to wish her well when you see her next week! The schedule for the show will be as followed:
01/13/10 Nat'l Western Jr. Heifer Show Denver, Colorado
01/14/10 Nat'l Western Carload/Pen Bull & Pen Female Shows Denver, Colorado
01/15/10 Mile High Night Nat'l Hereford Sale Denver, Colorado
01/15/10 Nat'l Western Hereford Bull Show Denver, Colorado
01/16/10 Nat'l Western Hereford Female Show Denver, Colorado

Also the National Queen scrapbooks will be in the Hereford lounge. You can see photos from all of their travels on display!