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Triplets compete in final livestock show

By KBell
Jan. 15, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 14, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.

Triplets Carson, Brittany and Courtney Washington recall years past at their final showing at the Yoakum Livestock Show Saturday. The trio has been showing goats since the third grade and pigs since eighth grade. "When they're in the mud, it's the funniest thing," Brittany said of why she likes raising pigs.

GRAND CHAMPIONSHeavy weight steers - Kyle Schoenemann

Medium weight swine - Jensen Schindler

Meat goats - Carson Washington

Rabbits - Caroline Spaeth

Broilers - Morgan Caka

Heifers - Colton Janik

Gilts - Savanna Kremling

Breeding goats - Brittany Washington

Commercial heiffers - Kaci Herman

RESERVE CHAMPIONSHeavy weight steers - Emily Gardner

Heavy weight swine - Mindi Janak

Meat goats - Jeremy Kelley

Rabbits - Ashley Carroll

Broilers - Justin Dixon

Heifers - Wesley Janik

Gilts - Jensen Schindler

YOAKUM - Pulling on the collars of the last goats they'll ever show at the Yoakum Livestock Show, triplets Carson, Courtney and Brittany Washington recalled the first goats they raised more than eight years ago.

Their names? Carson, Courtney and Brittany.

"One of the does was pregnant when we bought it, and it had triplets one afternoon," Carson said. "It was a buck and two does that were born... and we named them after ourselves."

The seniors at Yoakum High School have been showing goats every year since.

The trio walked confidently around the arena Saturday and recalled the memories they've shared raising animals together.

"I say I'm not going to miss them, but I am," Brittany said. She was talking about her siblings - not the animals.

Ten years of raising and showing animals was enough, they agreed.

"It's kinda hard when you're doing sports and school and you're trying to raise animals," Carson said.

Between the three of them, they're involved in everything from volleyball to football to cheerleading.

That makes their father all the more proud.

"To accomplish what they did in FFA and what they accomplish at stock shows is a big deal for them because they're so involved in other things," Robert Washington said.

The kids credit their father, an agriculture teacher, with getting them involved with livestock shows. He hesitantly agreed he's relieved it's their last year, too.

"I'm kinda glad it's the last year in some ways, but I'll miss being involved with them," he said. "We'll have a lot of fond memories."

The triplets agreed, saying raising animals has been a lesson in responsibility.

That will come in handy as Carson heads to Texas A&M University, Courtney to Blinn College and Brittany to Victoria College.

But they don't have to think about that just yet. Instead, they said they're making the most of their final livestock show.

"We're just trying to make this year as memorable as possible," Courtney said.

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