Abby Graven sits quietly, awaiting her turn to show her steer, Rambo, at the Baker County Fair.
As her name is announced, Graven enters the ring holding the halter as her dad, Chuck, pushes her wheelchair.
Abby, 17, suffered severe injuries Oct. 12, 2018, when she swerved to miss a deer while driving to work at the Shorthorn restaurant in Richland, near her home.
She is paralyzed from the armpits down.
Abby has participated in the county fairs since she was in fourth grade.
Her grandma, Tammy Graven, tried to talk her granddaughter into switching to showing small animals this year.
But Abby insisted — she wanted to show Rambo.
“I’ve raised him since he was a baby,” she said Wednesday, right before she took him in for the market class.
Knowing Abby was determined, Tammy turned to the Internet.
“I got on Google,” she said.
And she found people who use wheelchairs showing steers.
Abby brought Rambo to the Fair in Baker City. She also brought a mother cow, Emma, and twins Clarice and Rocky, to show in the breeding category.
For market, her brother Ty handled Rambo in the ring. Abby maneuvered her wheelchair in the sandy arena using ratchet-type rods attached to the tires.
In showmanship on Thursday, Chuck helped a bit but it was Abby who led Rambo in front of the judge, lined up his feet just so, and answered questions about her project.
Rambo will be sold in Friday night’s auction. The cow and twins will return to the Graven place in Richland.
“I’ll raise the twins and sell them. And buy more,” she said.
She also has her sights set on school — she plans to go to California and study to become an occupational th erapist.
Along the way she’ll also help out at home, where she’s been riding four-wheelers.
Not much has stopped her since she returned from rehab in California.
“If I can still do it, I’ll try,” she said.