Making the best better: 4-H prepares for Last Chance Stampede and Fair

Tucker Selby walks his 4-H steer around a corral at his family’s Helena Valley home recently.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

4-H’s motto is “To make the best better,” and these three 4-H members are doing just that in preparation for the Last Chance Stampede and Fair.

Tucker Selby is dressed in his favorite cowboy hat, boots and jeans as he heads toward his steer named Tom. Selby has been raising Tom for the last year, bathing him once a day or every other day to keep Tom cool in the Montana summer heat.

“I like (4H) because it teaches kids responsibility and how to take care of an animal,” said Selby.

Selby puts on Tom’s brown leather show halter. He takes Tom out into a ring to walk him around. Tom won’t budge after a few steps, and suddenly it’s an 8-year-old versus a 1,300-pound black angus.

“Really, Tom?” Selby gives a pointed glance to the steer, pulling at the halter.

Eventually, stubborn Tom does walk, following behind Selby like a big black shadow. 

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