Sometimes a person just knows a champion from the minute they lay eyes on them.
Such is the case for Emily Montgomery of Auxvasse who on Saturday was an exhibitor in the Sale of Champions at the Missouri State Fair with her Reserve Grand Champion Barrow, Chance.
“The minute I saw him, I just knew he was the one,” Montgomery said. “My eye was just drawn to him.”
The 268 pound crossbred barrow sold for $18,500 at the Sale of Champions.
“I was very excited when they told me that Chance was the Reserve Grand Champion,” Montgomery said. “It really is a sad time though because I know that Chance will be leaving me once he is sold. It’s one of those things that I know has to happen,” she added.
Montgomery has shown pigs in over 100 shows throughout her life and has 10 years of experience in the ring.
The proceeds from her portion of the Sale of Champions will be used for college as will the scholarship she received to attend Lincoln-Land Community College in Illinois this fall where she plans to major in animal science.
Montgomery eventually plans to raise show hogs and begin a business in that field.
It is thorough Chance that the idea of the business entered her mind.
“I bought Chance at McAlexander Show Pigs, in Archie,” Montgomery said. “I love working with the animals and I think this will be a good opportunity for me.”
She became interested in showing livestock because of her older sister Megan.
“Emily’s older sister showed cattle, when Emily was younger.” Sandy Montgomery Emily and Megan’s mother said. “Emily really isn’t that fond of cows, but some other FFA members showed pigs. They encouraged Emily and talked her into it.”
Montgomery has three years left to show as a FFA exhibitor before she ages out.
That will not end her time in the ring though.
“Emily would probably never tell you this,” Sandy Montgomery said. “She is a FFA All American Livestock Judge and is also ranked as a FFA All American in Poultry Judge as well.
“She was awarded both titles in a three day time frame,” Sandy Montgomery added. “Her father and I are extremely proud of her and her hard work and accomplishments.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484