We caught up with 2021 American Royal Stock Show Judge, Brandon Morgan, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!
How did you get started in the livestock industry?
My family has been involved various facets of the livestock industry for several generations. I grew up in Holdenville, OK, showing primarily swine, but also exhibited cattle and sheep. I also had a small herd of cows that were geared toward the club calf business.
Tell us about your career.
After graduating from Oklahoma State, I went to work for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. I had the opportunity to work in Ballinger, TX and Breckinridge, Tx.
In 2001 I moved back to Oklahoma and became the Agriculture Education Instructor for Newcastle Public Schools. During my 20 year tenure, I have had the opportunity to work with many successful students in the fields of showing livestock, public speaking and livestock judging.
What is your all-time favorite show?
Being from Oklahoma, it is very hard not to be biased towards OYE. That staff has put together an event that showcases kids on a whole different level. If you ever have the opportunity to watch the Grand Drive at OYE, you need to take advantage of it.
What is your biggest show ring pet peeve?
I don’t have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to the show ring. Probably my biggest is not being respectful. I am as competitive as anyone else. I expect a young person that has put their heart and soul into a project to be disappointed if they do not achieve the level of success they strived for. I think it is important to be respectful in the ring, no matter the outcome.
What is the best goat you’ve ever seen?
That is a tough one! There are several that come to mind that have been dominant at a particular show, but it is too hard to pick just one or I just don’t want to make someone mad.
A FEW FUN QUESTIONS
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I thought I was going to be a lawyer. I am pretty headstrong, and don’t mind a friendly discussion.
It’s Karaoke Night… What song are you singing?
I once sang “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie. Never again!
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I plead the 5th because I know my mother will read this.
“It’s not the will to win that matters. Everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
– Paul “Bear” Bryant
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Guns and Roses
Favorite Sports Team:
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Favorite TV Show/Channel: