FFA members compete side by side with pigs

Jordan Sivy left and Taz Smalley both are showing pigs at this year’s Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in Hitchcock.

Photo by John DeLapp

HITCHCOCK — The pair of pigs in a single pen could possibly pose a potential problem.

Owen and Perfect are two pigs owned by Jordan Sivy and Taz Smalley. At home in Dickinson they enjoy separate pens but at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo they were sharing.

”We’ll find out how they do” Smalley said. ”They’ve never been penned up together before.”

Sivy was a little concerned.

”You can never put mine in with this other kid’s” she said. ”They had a fight this morning.”

Pig fights are not for the faint of heart.

”They are not pretty” Sivy said.

”There’s a lot of biting and squealing” Smalley said.

Owen didn’t show many signs from the battle.

”There’s a mark here and here” Sivy said as she pointed out some gouges. ”But they won’t hurt him (during judging.”)

Smalley is 16 and a member of the Dickinson High School FFA. Sivy is 9 and belongs to the junior branch of the organization. This is the first time either has entered animals at the livestock show.

”I used to do horses” Smalley said. ”Right now I like pigs better. Next year I want to get a heifer.”

Sivy was inspired to raise Owen by relatives.

”My cousin and her sister do a lot of showing and I was always around them so I just wanted to show (pigs too)” she said.

Experiencing her first rodeo left Sivy at a loss for words.

”It’s pretty awesome kind of well” she said as her voice trailed off.

Her brother helped her out.

”She’s pretty nervous” Smalley said. ”She’s been really waiting for this. But we’re all ready to hopefully show some people up here.

”This is both of our first years and hopefully she will be going here until she graduates and so will I.”

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At A Glance

The Galveston County Fair and Rodeo closes out its first weekend today.

Major events include:

10 a.m.: Cowboy Church Service

1 p.m.: Tejano Day featuring Shelly Lares and Grupo Vida and the Electric Cowboys

4 p.m.: Market swine judging

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