It was a family affair at the Pratt County Fair swine show Thursday morning, as Tiffany and Ashley Timm showed the Grand and Reserve Champion Market Hogs, while Chyenne and Makala Orler won the senior and intermediate showmanship contests.

For the Timm family, Tiffany captured top honors in the Hampshire and Crossbred divisions, while Ashley’s Yorkshire barrow won its breed championship.


It was a family affair at the Pratt County Fair swine show Thursday morning, as Tiffany and Ashley Timm showed the Grand and Reserve Champion Market Hogs, while Chyenne and Makala Orler won the senior and intermediate showmanship contests.
For the Timm family, Tiffany captured top honors in the Hampshire and Crossbred divisions, while Ashley’s Yorkshire barrow won its breed championship.

At the end of the morning, Tiffany’s 272-pound crossbred gilt walked away as the big winner, with Ashley’s 266-pound Yorkshire barrow selected as Reserve Grand Champion.

“She’s a big bodied, sound structured, functional hog that’s cool to look at,” judge Zach McCracken said of Tiffany’s Grand Champion gilt.

In selecting the Reserve Grand Champion, McCracken described Ashley’s Yorkshire barrow as “really cool to look at, correct out of his hip and stands on big foot and bone.”

The swine show really is a year-long project for the Timm girls, as they raise their own show hogs, and take the time to clip and wash them before the fair.

Thursday morning was also a success for Samantha McGuire, as she finished the day with three hogs in the championship drive. She exhibited the Champion Spotted Poland and Duroc hogs, and also had the Reserve Champion Crossbred.

McGuire’s 277-pound crossbred gilt finished second in the 272 to 285 pound class, but topped the other crossbred class winners for Reserve Champion Crossbred and nearly came away with Reserve Grand Champion honors as well.

Width and structural soundness were among the factors that McCracken emphasized in sorting through a number of difficult classes during the day.

The market hog portion of this year’s swine show included 32 4-H’ers exhibiting 62 total hogs. Five breeds plus crossbred were represented at the show.

In the showmanship finals, the Orlers expertly maneuvered their hogs around the ring and maintained the intensity McCracken was looking for, helping them top what McCracken called two excellent groups of showmen.

McGuire was named reserve champion senior showman, while Jake Renner and Ashley Timm rounded out the top four.

Reserve champion intermediate showman honors went to Tiffany Timm, while Garret Smith, Cambry Schrag, and Samantha Wahrman completed the top five.

Hayden Schrag kept the girls from sweeping this year’s major awards, as he topped the junior showmanship finals, just edging a pair of girls for the top spot.

According to the Timm girls, one of the keys to placing high in showmanship is a smile.
“Always look at the judge and smile,” Tiffany said.

“The smile wins it,” added Ashley.

One thing is for sure, at the end of the show, the Timm girls both had big smiles on their faces.

Swine Show Champions

Spotted Poland     Samantha McGuire
Hampshire     Tiffany Timm
Reserve     Weston Goyen
Duroc     Samantha McGuire
Reserve     Wyatt Schrag
Yorkshire     Ashley Timm
Reserve     Tiffany Timm
Crossbred     Tiffany Timm
Reserve     Samantha McGuire

Showmanship
Senior     Chyenne Orler
Reserve     Samantha McGuire
Intermediate     Makala Orler
Reserve     Tiffany Timm
Junior     Hayden Schrag
Reserve     (Unavailable)