Former Canyon FFA member, Rhett Bain, used his unique talents to create a mobile app that organizes stock show events and information. The user-friendly product has quickly carved out its own niche.
“I got the idea when I was sitting at breakfast one morning at the 2014 State Fair of Texas,” Bain said. “I brought up making an app specifically for stock shows that would include live results, special announcements, and push notifications to inform people when they need to show up for their class.”
After two years of hard work, collaboration and fine-tuning, the app was complete. The StockStat official website describes the final project as “a first-class mobile app that exponentially helps a show in providing enhancements of the overall experience to livestock exhibitors, advisors, family, friends and patrons.”
Amongst all his dedication, Bain was recognized as the 2015 National FFA proficiency winner in Agricultural Services Entrepreneurship Placement. Now a freshman at Oklahoma State University, Bain’s pursuit to build StockStat and follow his passion is stronger than ever.
“I’d love to see [StockStat] at every major stock show, even semi-major and county stock shows, across the country,” said Bain. “There’s just so many exhibitors and animals to keep track of at the majors, that’s where I think it would be most beneficial.”
Bain saw his dream through to completion, and now his product is being utilized in numerous states and large events, including the 2017 San Antonio Livestock Exposition this spring.
“[The app] has been used in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Kentucky,” Bain said. “My goal is to be nationwide.”