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Teen gambles on steer, hopes for payday at Stock Show

Author: Kristy

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2014

FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW

BY SHIRLEY JINKINS

syjinkins@star-telegram.com

LA VERNIA — The landscape along Cibolo Creek southeast of San Marcos is dotted with small towns, farmhouses, double-wides and scrubby pastures. The thick black soil of the fields is mostly plowed under, waiting for spring.

Resiliency could be considered a cash crop.

Wyatt Blaylock, 15, a lanky and soft-spoken La Vernia High School freshman, is living the life of a young rancher out here, working his steers and investing, literally, in his future. It’s been a tough couple of years for Blaylock, who lost his father — who was helping him become a rancher — to brain cancer in April 2012, but he has persevered and is determined to keep his dad’s legacy alive.

“I’ve been showing since my third-grade year,” Blaylock said as he hosed off Frisco, his latest FFA project, during a two-hour beauty bath one recent sunny afternoon. “I started off showing pigs and switched to steers in fifth grade.”

Blaylock will be showing Frisco this week at the Fort Worth Stock Show, which is in its final week and where much of the attention will be paid to the naming of the grand champion steer and the huge payday that comes with it.

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