The World Pork Expo is many things including a livestock competition. Every year, thousands of showmen make their way to Des Moines to compete in the annual event. This year, National Reporter Betsy Jibben was able to catch up with a first year participant working hard to shine in the show ring.
It’s a game of ‘Hurry Up And Wait’ for a chance to shine in the ring, but one four-year-old girl may already be stealing the show.
This is Bryleigh Beyers and her gilt, Candy. Dad Todd by her side, with mom Moriah and little baby Zane, all made their way to World Pork Expo from The Lone Star State.
“It took us about 13 and-a-half hours to get here,” said Abernathy, Texas producer, Todd Beyers.
It’s Bryleigh’s second time showing and first at a National Level, following in the footsteps of her parents. After all, her dad showed at the Expo during the first Junior show.
“When I started showing, I was five years old. My wife was two,” said Beyers.
She and Candy have been practicing for the big day learning the basics.
“It takes patience, lots of patience,” said Beyers.
All while getting the feel of being comfortable with the animals. Most of which, named after princesses. “Oh yes, we have a Snow White, Dora and a Belle,” said Beyers.
As a way to not only learn responsibility, but to spend time together as a family.
"It’s a great way to spend family together and spend time together we may not get to at the house,” said Beyers.
At the World Pork Expo Junior National, she showed her Chester White in Class 4, earning third place in class. She also competed in the Bred-And-Owned Chester White division where she was award champion.
The animal lover with a big heart is also a competitor. You can ask her yourself.
“I like showing piggies because I get ribbons,” said Bryleigh Beyers.
A clear message we’re sure to hear from this young competitor for years to come. “Whether it be animal husbandry skills, leadership or just general life skills like being responsible and getting up in the morning and taking care of animals. They are more pets than they are anything else to them.
It’s just a great experience.” This is just the start for the Beyers. They plan on taking Bryleigh to more shows this summer. She will start to show sheep. Just like her mom as well. The family is also building a facility to farrow some sows.