Passion, patience pay off for hog show winners

January 12, 2013


Laurel Gigliotti is no stranger to hard work.

The 17-year-old Tolar High School senior loads her pigs and steers almost by herself and drives to the smaller shows.

She’s known to show up at the Tolar ag barn to help clip fellow students’ animals.

Her effort and attitude showed at the 58th Hood County Junior Livestock Show Thursday evening when her pig was declared grand champion of the heavily participated swine show.

“She worked hard,” praised her proud ag teacher Kim Sullins.

“Amazing” Gigliotti answered when asked how she felt about her triumph. “It was worth it. Everything came together, and this was the result.”

It was her first grand championship since showing pigs her freshman year. She lives in Granbury but decided to attend the smaller school at Tolar. She also was in the sports scene, but has made agriculture the priority.

In college, she said, she’ll probably study animal science.

But for now, she wants to enjoy the moment. That’s why she helps at the ag barn.

“I don’t want this stuff to end, but unfortunately it will,” she said.


Sam Arnold had been waiting a long time.

The Granbury High School senior started showing pigs when he was “a little kid.”

He had never won a major prize.

Until Thursday evening.

Arnold’s pig was chosen reserve grand champion of the county show.

Arnold, 18, who lives in Pecan Plantation, was pretty sure he had a good pig.

“I thought it was going to be close,” he said about the championship drive.

The keys to success?

“Dedication,” he said. “You have to be there every day. Make them happy.”

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