Triplets compete in final livestock show
Jan. 15, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 14, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.
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.