2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors
President: Raley Downing
Vice President: Mason Leifeste
Secretary: Jaycee Littleton
Treasurer: Harlie Groom
Queen: McKenna Mitchel
I grew up with my two older brothers, Trinton and Clayton Downing. We traveled all over the state for rodeos. Most summers, the three of us would work cattle for our dad, John, where we learned many life lessons and useful skills. My sixth grade year, I began showing Charolais heifers and slowed down with the rodeos. Once I got into high school, I became very involved in FFA and began raising my own Charolais. I soon realized that my passion was to raise quality show cattle and help future 4H and FFA members pursue their dreams. I quit rodeoing to to focus on my cattle and getting my degree in Animal Science Production at Texas Tech University.
My name is Harlie Delane Groom and I was born on the 29th day of June, 2006 in Plano, Texas. My parents are Terry and Rebecca Groom. I have one younger sister, Anabelle Groom.
I spent my early childhood days in Lucas, Texas just outside of Allen. We lived in a midsize "town" that everyone considered to be the "country", partly because everyone had to build on a minimum 1.5 acres of land or larger.
We were a typical family. My mother worked in healthcare and my father is an engineer. I attended a childcare center at my mothers work until entering elementary school. From the age of 3 to 6 years I spent most of my days in the gym. I was on a competitive gymnastics team. I also spent many hours a week at church as I was very active in the youth programs and choir.
As a young child I enjoyed riding my bike, playing basketball, shooting my compound bow and camping with my family. I attended Lovejoy ISD from Kindergarten through December of my 4th grade year.
During the spring time of 2013-2015 my family and I followed my cousins around showing Black Angus. I loved helping them bathe and comb their heifers, although they would never let me help them on show day. This is when I feel in love with showing. My family made a huge commitment to leave our big house on 1.5 acres of land and move a little further south so I could show heifers. We moved to 30 acres of land in Godley, Texas where we would live for just over a year before purchasing a much larger parcel of land in Rio Vista, Texas. I attended Godley Intermediate School from 4th grade through 6th grade. I then attended Rio Vista Junior High for 7th grade. I currently live with my father, mother and sister in Grandview, Texas where I currently am a Freshman in High School. I participate in 2 4H Clubs in my county, Friendship 4H and Grandview 4H, County Council as well as Grandview FFA. I am currently the 3rd Vice President for Friendship 4H and Secretary for County Council. Most recently I was elected as the Historian of Chisholm Trail District FFA. I am on the Grandview FFA Livestock Judging Team and the Chapter Conducting Team.
I spend my summers attending livestock shows and most importing Sky Ranch. This year I will be attending their leadership in Colorado where I will gain more confidence and skills to be youth leader next year.
I attend Field Street Baptist Church.
I will close out this autobiography with the most important part of my life. I have a great love for God and family. Although we currently live in the city of Grandview our farm is only 20 minutes up the road. We have approximately 40 head of cattle, 5 dogs and way too many barn cats. I enjoy spending time at the farm with our animals and helping my mother cut and bale hay. We aren't perfect, but together we have the perfect family for us.
I am a fifth generation farmer in the, what was a small town of Justin, Texas. My family works a large scale farming and registered Charolais cow calf operation leading me to be born into a world of agriculture. I take on the challenge of this industry everyday by striving to be the best I can. "I believe in the future of agriculture", E. M. Tiffany once wrote. I read these simple seven words, and knew that was implanted into my mind, because that is my motto as I go by every day.
I am from Longview where my family raises charolais and commercial cattle. Besides showing heifers, I also enjoy playing volleyball and fishing. I also enjoy working with and showing market goats. I am a hard worker and very dedicated to reaching my goals.
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