“There’s nothing better for a boy than his own new horse.”
Conner Davis is certainly living proof.
The Leeton, Mo., fourth grader excitedly wrote the true story about his newfound friend and won his school competition.
Here’s the enthusiastic nine-year-old cowboy’s wining writing:
Conner won first place in the school’s Young Authors Contest with his assignment to write a story using details. He was honored at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, Missouri, on April 13. The writing will be published, and Conner will have an opportunity to meet other children authors.
The oldest son of John and Amanda Davis, Conner has two younger brothers, Colten, 7, and Carter, 4.
They live on a farm purchased from Amanda’s grandparents in 2006. Although the family lives in the Leeton School District, the physical address is Warrensburg, Mo. “Our kids will be third generation graduates of Leeton High School,” Mom Amanda noted.
The young cowboy’s new colt had horse company when he arrived at his Missouri farm home. They include Colby Jack, 3-year-old buckskin gelding; Dot, 8-year-old sorrel gelding; Jango, 14-year-old black gelding; and Jetta, 13-year-old blue roan mare.
“Conner would have an entire herd of horses if he could,” Amanda said. “He has an absolute love for horses. Conner rides as much as he can, with his dad John the most. John has ridden from a young age. I’m sure that’s where Conner got his love for horses and to ride.”
No end to Conner’s adoration for his horses. He’s been found in the barn with a hair dryer to keep his horses warm and dry during the winter.
“Jango is his love,” Mom revealed. “They have a bond that is hard to explain, but it’s definitely something.”
As would be expected, a cowboy and his horses have cattle. The family operation features 70 stock cows as well as row crops including soybeans and corn. Conner has his own cattle herd, too. “He recently bid and bought seven older cows at the Windsor Livestock Auction,” proud Mom related.
Actually, Conner is a diversified stockman. With horses and cows, he also has chickens, rabbits, and annually raises a pig to show as his 4-H fair project.
Growing his own garden, Conner does his chores daily to make sure his animals are fed, watered and taken care of. An entrepreneur, “he runs his own small egg business, selling eggs to our neighbors and friends out of John’s shop,” Mom said.
As if all of that doesn’t keep any cowboy busy, Conner definitely works hard excelling in the classroom, getting straight “A’s” He had an “Advanced” score in recent statewide English Language Arts testing.
Little brothers “have a love for the country life, too,” Amanda said. “Colten does ride from time to time, but he’s more into sports. He’d rather be on the baseball field or basketball court."
Carter likes to feed cows and farm with his dad. Still a little young at this point, Carter also enjoys riding horses some.
Looking forward to caring for, showing and then riding Bennett, “Conner is sure proud of his little colt,” Mom Amanda assured.