Woodward, Okla. — "I was really nervous because I didn't realize I was going to be put in that situation," Focht said. "I couldn't breath and I was sweating...God gives you strength to over come and endure and He really told me and taught me that I had the ability to do it."
Focht credits the values with which he approaches his profession to many in the industry, namely Griffith and Wade who have taught him that one's success in the profession is in direct proportion to the professionalism, integrity and honesty you bring to it.
Now, Focht hopes to simply spend his career doing what he loves, marketing livestock.
He works Woodward Livestock Auction every Tuesday and Friday during owner Jerry Nine's weekly markets and also provides services to Cherokee Sales Co., and Anthony Livestock Sales as well, he said.
His win has offered him the chance to travel throughout the country in the customized 2013 Ford F-150 he won and promote the Livestock Marketing Association and the "incredible role the local livestock markets have in shaping youth," he said.
Focht was sponsored by Cherokee Sales Co., LLC of Cherokee, Woodward Livestock Auction, Inc., and Anthony Livestock Sales Co., of Anthony, Kan.