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Stratley Strube

We caught up with Ms. Stratley Strube, exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2024 Houston Livestock Show. Learn a little more about Stratley below!

Tell us a little about your champion:
His name was Johnny and he is from Shroyer Show Stock. He was a barn favorite from the beginning. He was very lazy and clumsy, but he was very sweet and loving.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned while showing animals?
The most interesting thing I have learned while showing animals is that the victories don’t last and the awards just get put on a shelf. What actually lasts is the time spent with my family and the relationships I make.

Do you have any special tricks for getting stubborn animals to cooperate?
Patience and repetition!

What’s your favorite memory involving your animals?
The very first major show I went to was State Fair of Texas and my sheep was one of my all time favorites. I got 1st place and when we went to put him on the truck, my whole family was crying.

What’s the most challenging aspect of showing livestock, and how do you overcome it?
I think the most challenging aspect is sacrifice. If have to say no to hanging out with my friends or going to do the most fun thing. I overcome this by knowing that in the end, it is worth it.

Who inspired you to become the showman you are today?
My dad. He taught me how to show and she pushed me through the hard parts. He motivates me and keeps me going.

Do you name your animals? If so, what’s the most interesting name you have given?
Yes. I generally name my animals, but I don’t know if any of them are interesting. My favorite though, is Walter. He was the Grand Champion lamb at San Antonio last year. His name fit him well and we still talk about him today.

If your lamb had its own pump-up song, what would it be?
Johnnys pump up song would be “I like to move it”

What’s the most unexpected blooper you’ve experienced during a show?
As my lamb was selected for Grand Champion at San Antonio the judge and the banner spooked Walter and he jumped and almost got away.