Determined young lady enjoys chance to compete

January 8, 2014

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Don’t show sympathy for Megan Baker.

She wouldn’t accept it.

However, it’s quite remarkable what the Granbury High School senior has achieved, considering she basically had to learn to walk again.

“I don’t want sympathy,” the Granbury FFA member said on the eve of the 59th Hood County Junior Livestock Show at the Granbury Reunion Grounds. “I don’t make excuses.”

The outgoing 17-year-old suffered a major injury when she was younger. The problem flared up last year. She was in the hospital for a month. She had to regain use of her legs.

“I showed my steer on a walker last year,” she said.

After months of therapy, Megan can walk again, but it’s not easy.

“Nothing in this world is going to stop me,” she said about showing her two steers and heifer later this week. “I love to do this more than anything else.”

And there’s something else.

Megan planned to show rabbits, but all three died – two from a virus and the other from a hookworm.

“It’s unfortunate, but I have a lot of animals on my plate,” she smiled.

There’s also a pig in the Baker family. Megan hopes her brother, Chase Baker, a freshman, will be the one in the show ring with the pig.

Megan thinks she has a good chance in the competitive steer show.

“One of my steers looks really, really good,” she said. “I have my fingers crossed.”

It won’t be for lack of effort.

She was up Monday morning at 5 to wash her steers at the Granbury ag barn. She gets up that early two or three times a week to tend to her animals.

“It was a long junior year,” she said about last year. “It pushed me to do more this year. It’s a huge payoff to walk through the show ring.”

Gates open at 8 this morning for the start of the four-day event that draws 4-H and FFA youngsters and animals from all over the county. The show concludes Saturday afternoon with the auction sale starting at 1 in the Courts Cleveland Show Barn.

All events are free to the public.

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