MARSHALL, Ind. (WTHI) - A blind 4-H'er prepares for the state fair, relying on her father to guide her though everyday challenges.
Jodi Jones walks her calf around the front yard in carefully measured steps, everyday, getting ready for the Indiana State Fair.
It's a routine she and her father have shared since she was 6-years-old.
Mike Jones would spend afternoons guiding Jodi around the yard with verbal commands.
"Jodi was born with a condition where she has no optic nerve, no eye ball, just an eye socket," said Mr. Jones.
Her blindness has never stopped her from setting out to do what she loves.
Jodi said, "I feel good about myself, because I know I just completed another show."
Mike reflected, "And that gets to be pretty tuff, you know. Think about that, close your eyes, its dark and get into a show ring with 36 other people and their animals."
The pair are able to stay in constant communication, thanks to walkie-talkies, translating what Mike sees into what Jodi hears and feels.
"A judge once asked Jodi to step in line and Jodi said Sir if your just point me where to go, my dad will just get me to where I need to go," said Mr. Jones.
Jodi has won several awards, including the top prize of Grand Champion.
Jodi said, "I challenge anyone with a disability to do whatever they want to do."
Jodi and Mike will head to the Indiana State Fair on August 12, where Jodi will compete in three events, two of which include showing 1,600 pound cows.
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