Benton Co. teen stops at nothing to compete in 4-H

BENTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Seven years ago Kyle Albertson decided he wanted to show sheep at his county 4-H fair, and nothing, not even a diagnosis of muscular dystrophy could stop Albertson from competing.

“Kyle pretty much does anything he sets his mind out to do,” said Kyle’s mother Tracy Albertson.

The 16-year-old Benton County teenager shows his 4-H sheep by using a special bracket attached to the side of his electric wheelchair.

“Anything that he’s wanted to do, we’ve always tried to make some kind of adaptation so that he could participate as fully as he possibly could,” said Tracy Albertson.

Albertson was awarded Grand Sheep Showman at this year’s Benton County 4-H Fair, and said competing has shown him he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

“It just shows you can do anything you want with practice, and time and effort,” said Kyle Albertson.

For those who may be trying to overcome obstacles similar to Albertson, he said to just go for it.

“Just keep working and try and overcome it,” Albertson said.

Albertson competed in the Supreme Showmanship Sunday. Although he didn’t win the title, the competition has shown him more than how to show livestock.

“You have to have patience to work with the animals, and try to get them to do what you want to do,” said Albertson. “Just do your best at it, and it’s a good experience to do it.”

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