This past Thursday I traveled to see my granddaughters show their hogs in the local county livestock show. The girls are 9 and 12 years old, and they are totally responsible for the care of their hogs for several months leading up to the competition.
In previous years, my oldest granddaughter has placed with her animals, making her eligible to compete in the auction at the end of the show. With those monies she has a really good start on her college fund. Here she is (with her new braces) before going down to get her hog ready to show.
This is the second year for my 9-year-old granddaughter to enter the show, and here she is in the stands, right before going into the pens.
One of her friends had several hogs in this year's stock show, and because his times to show were back-to-back, he asked C. to show one of his hogs, an OPB (Other Pure Bred). The judge liked the looks of that one, and penned it right away to give it another look. Here she is in the holding pen with the other kid's hog. Notice how small she is compared to the other contestants! She's right in the middle.
The hog had all the qualities that the judge was looking for, and C. did a great job prancing the hog right in front of him so that he could get some good looks at it. That hog won 1st place in the Lightweight OPB class. (Sorry about getting the tail end of it. Couldn't get it to turn around, and I needed to get away from the rail so that others could see.)
Here she is, back in the ring with that same hog, competing for Best of the OPB. The judge is talking about the hog, and C. is having a hard time getting it out of the corner.
Then it was time for C. to show her own hog, a Lightweight Yorkshire. This photo is out of focus, but I thought she did a great job getting out of the way!
My oldest granddaughter entered the ring next with her Heavyweight Yorkshire. She was in and out of there so fast that I couldn't get a good picture. Her hog just wasn't a good one this year.
Unfortunately, neither of the girls placed with their own hogs, so they didn't get to go to the auction this week-end. But all-in-all, it was a good experience for them and they certainly love raising those hogs.
And this grandmother is pretty proud of them, too!