We caught up with Ms. Kaitlyn Kampmann, exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2023 The Show in Reno. Learn a little more about Kaitlyn below!
Grade: College Sophomore
How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I am a highly competitive person that hates losing. As a result of this mentality I am extra hard on myself and keep myself highly accountable. I know that to be successful and reach my goals I can not become lazy or comfortable with where I am in my show career. I am always looking to be better and checking one goal off at a time.
Do you show any other species besides sheep? If so, what other species?
I do not show any other species.
What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is probably Western Bonanza run by Cal Poly San Luis Opisbo.The environment and people there have always been something I look forward to each year.
What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
After a big win I like to celebrate by going out to eat with those that helped me accomplish such a win. I like to appreciate those who have put in just as much dedication and time to help me reach goals that ten years ago never seemed possible
What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me about character. Winning and losing just comes with the territory when showing livestock and these events can show a lot about people’s character. While I hate losing I know that there will always be another show that may not turn out the same way. Having a character that allows me to lose graciously and win graciously has been engraved in my head throughout my livestock showing journey and will help me in the future.
What’s your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to win a Major. I know this may sound cliche but I always want to push myself to be the best and those that win Majors are. I would love to be able to hold a title that so many great showmen have before me.
What’s your lambs name? and what made him/her so special?
My lambs name is Armie after the actor Armie Hammer. I think what made this sheep so special was that even though he was a complete jerk at home and outside the ring it is like he knew when it was time to work. He stepped into the ring at The Show Reno and knew what he had to do to win.
Who do you look up to?
I look up to my mentors Landon Hall and Tyler Wilkerson. I met Landon and Tyler only three years ago but instantly clicked with both. In these three years I have become the showman that I never thought I could be. Honestly three years ago I was going to give it all up but after meeting my mentors that have the same passion and drive I have has pushed me to be better. I want to make them proud and try to accomplish tasks for not only myself but them as well.