By Sonja Crawford, Laura Mathis, Tycee Prevatt and Michelle Rayburn
Special to the Caloosa Belle
Head, Heart, Health and Hooves held their 7th Annual Swine Prospect Show on December 2 at the Hendry County Fairgrounds. The show was judged by Ms. Breanna Lawyer and was sponsored by Ahern’s Service Center, All Seasons Welding & Gatorglades Hunts, Edwards Orthodontics, Rayburn Companies, US Sugar Corp, Wolff’s Lawn Machines, A & H Mulching & Land Clearing, BES, LLC, Joey’s Girls Boutique, Jones Supply, LaBelle Family Florist, LaBelle Youth Livestock & Ag Show, Pack Brothers Irrigation, First Bank, Nisbet Enterprises, Seminole Sign Co, and Next Level Show Pigs.
Prospect shows prepare 4-H and FFA youth to gain more experience in preparing, fitting and showing their animal at the county, multi-county, as well as the state fair level. The show began with the Showmanship category. Showmanship is judged on the ability to exhibit an animal to its best advantage, as well as the overall care and training of the animal. The exhibitors are judged on control, presentation to the judge and awareness of the judge. Planning and practicing will assist the exhibitor in being successful. In the Senior Showmanship Division awards were as follows: Jade Parrish of Manatee County (1st place), Tanner Ashley of Hillsborough County (2nd place), Hannah Thompson of Highlands County (3rd place), Jennah Hernandez of Hendry County (4th place), Lindsay Sapp of Highlands County (5th place) and Kylie Tarter of Hendry County (6th place). In the Intermediate Showmanship Division awards were as follows: Kyndall Sowell of Polk County (1st place), Brianna Calvo of Hendry County (2nd place), Olivia Baker of Charlotte County (3rd place), Jenna Tanksley of Highlands County (4th place), Lindsay Neal of Manatee County (5th place) and Caden Martin of Charlotte County (6th place). In the Junior Showmanship Division awards were as follows: Izabella Moss of Volusia County (1st place), Landon Pledger of Lee County (2nd place), Ashley McIlwaine of Manatee County (3rd place), Dalton Conner of Glades County (4th place), Hunter Parsons of Desoto County (5th place) and Braci O’Berry of Highlands County (6th place).
The second half of the day was the actual swine show where the judge thoroughly looked over each animal. The swine were judged on muscling, trimness, length of body, spring to the rib, design, productive type, and expected carcass desirability. There were 64 entries combined in the prospect and progress division representing youth from 10 counties. In the Prospect Division (175 lbs or less): Grand Champion was awarded to Olivia Baker of Charlotte County and Reserve Champion was achieved by Izabella Moss of Volusia County. In the Progress Division (176 lbs and up): Grand Champion was achieved by Izabella Moss of Volusia County with Braci O’Berry of Highlands County taking the Reserve Champion award.
This show was also a fun event for the whole family as the youngest and “not so young” got to compete in their very own special rounds of Showmanship. The Pee Wee and adult participants show a family member’s swine as a fun experience that is very entertaining to say the least. In the Pee Wee Showmanship Division awards were as follows: Jenna Parrish of Manatee County (1st place), Charleigh Ray Flynn of Hendry County (2nd place) and Jeremiah Escobar of Hendry County (3rd place). In the Adult Showmanship Division awards were as follows: Missy Ritenburg of Desoto County (1st place and is the reigning Champion from the previous year), Brittany Ritenburg of Desoto County (2nd place) and Amanda Neal of Manatee County (3rd place).
A big THANK YOU goes out to our sponsors that help make this show successful. The helping hands leading up to the show and at the show were greatly appreciated. A special thanks to the Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show for the use of their facilities and to Mr. Kevin Jarvis for going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything was just right. Lastly, we had two very talented people help with prizes and gifts for our exhibitors and helpers: Melissa Peterson of Mama Mel Made It for the awesome “feed” bags and to Johanna Jones of JJ Creations for the finishing touches on the showmanship plaques. We look forward to the 8th Annual Show on December 1, 2018.