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Our newest "Behind the Banner" features Khyleigh North, Exhibitor of the 2017 NJSS Champion Overall Gilt and the 2017 CPS Champion Overall Barrow. We invite you to read our candid interview with Khyleigh below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of "Behind the Banner."

Behind the Banner with Khyleigh North

Name: Khyleigh North

Hometown: Wolcottville, IN

Age: 21

Future Plans: Graduate from Purdue University with an Agriculture Communications Degree and pursue my passion in the livestock industry by helping the youth of tomorrow gain more knowledge! I hope to take my passion, livestock photography, to the next level and work for a larger business!

How did you start showing pigs? I started showing pigs when I was just 5 years old! My first time in the ring was not exactly what I call magical! I cried and refused to finish! I watched my brothers from the sidelines after that and decided to give it a second chance and boy am I glad I did! When my brothers were old enough to drive, we traveled to shows together. They ignited my passion and have been the most influential people in and out of the show ring. If it wouldn’t have been for my brothers, I would not be half the showman I am today! They are constantly pushing me to be better than the last time I showed! I would like to thank them for always believing in me!

What were your feelings when exhibiting in both the CPS and NJSS Grand Drives?
My feelings when exhibiting in both the Grand Drive at CPS and NJSS were like nothing I have ever felt before. I always enjoy my time in the show ring, but both experiences at CPS and NJSS were different. I can remember walking up to the ring both days with my brothers at my sides and my heart beating a million times a minute. I was so nervous and anxious for the outcome! We have always had a goal of making it to a grand drive at a national and ultimately trying to win! I never thought that I would be able to accomplish that goal not once but twice! My brother, Brennen, gave me some last words of advice before entering the ring and I will not ever forget them! He leaned over the fence and said, “Drive her like you stole her and drive with a desire to win. And know, Khy, that I am already so proud of you no matter the outcome!”

What advice would you give to other Jr. Exhibitors?
The best advice I can give to other junior exhibitors is to try and be better than the showman you were the time prior because there is always room to improve!
Set goals for yourself. I always tell my brothers at the beginning of the summer what my main goal is and if I don’t reach it by the end of the year, I try again the next year! It reminds me that there is always a reason to work that much harder.
Make the best memories possible! Traveling to the shows with Tanner, Brennen, and my mom have always been the best times of my life. We get to do something we love while also being with the best friends that have turned into family!


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