Allen Newcomb Show Lambs & Treadmills

Kenna Cooley

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Kenna Cooley, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Wether Doe at the 2024 National Western Stock Show! Learn a little more about Kenna below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I am a senior at West Franklin High School in Pomona, Kansas.

Tell us a little about your champion:
My champion doe was without a doubt a special one. Her name was Pistol Penny and she was raised by Kempker Livestock. She definitely had a strong personality, and an ear that you could spot from a mile away. The moment I saw her, I knew she would do big things.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me that when you surround yourself with the right people, anything is possible. I have been fortunate enough to learn from the best in the industry.

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
I tend to be a perfectionist, so my biggest obstacle showing is figuring out how each each of my goats should be shown. It takes mental toughness and patience to figure out what I need to do to make sure each animal is shown to its highest potential. My biggest obstacle is usually myself.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
I love everything about goat shows, but nothing compares to that champion handshake.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
After a big win, we go out for a nice celebration dinner. We typically end up at a steakhouse or Mexican restaurant.

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
When it comes to showing wethers or does, I don’t have a preference. I love showing both!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is the American Royal. I live about 45 minutes from Kansas City, so the American Royal feels like home.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My biggest influence without a doubt has been Trent and Emma Kempker. They are two of the most hard working people I have ever met, and they have shaped me into the showman and person I am today.

Kenna Cooley

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Kenna Cooley of Kansas! Kenna recently exhibited the Grand Champion Market Goat at Aksarben as well as 5th Overall Wether Dam at the North American!

Age: 15

Hometown/School: I am currently a Sophomore at West Franklin High School in Pomona, KS.

Future Plans:
I plan to attend Oklahoma State University and major in Ag education. I’d like to be an Ag teacher/FFA advisor, along with raising livestock.

How many years have you been showing? Do you show any other species?
I have been showing goats for 7 years. I don’t show any other species.

Other hobbies besides showing livestock?
I am actively involved in 4-H and FFA. I am currently the Treasurer for my HS FFA Chapter. I also play basketball.

Best stock show memory:
My best stock show memory to date is wining Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2021 Aksarben Stock Show. I picked that goat out when he was just a few weeks old. Seeing the happiness that win brought to my family and friends was the best feeling ever!

Tell us about your recent champion.
I exhibited the 5th overall wether dam (Division 1 Champion) at NAILE in Louisville, raised by Kempker Livestock known in the barn as Night Hawk. I could never thank Trent and Emma Kempker enough for raising such amazing animals along with shaping me into the showman and person I am today. Truly blessed!

What is one word that describes the feelings you had stepping foot into the Grand Drive?

Favorite Livestock Show:

Washing or Clipping

Halter Breaking or Training to Brace
Training to Brace

Banners or Buckles

Cleaning Pens or Changing/Cleaning Water Buckets
Changing/Cleaning Water Buckets