We caught up with the NAILE Senior Showmanship Champion, Riley Hoyle! This young lady also had a good run at the Arkansas Youth Expo with a Division Champion and Two Reserve Division Champions.
School Attending: I’m currently a freshman at Texas Tech University.
How many years have you been showing? Do you show any other species?
I guess technically I’ve been in the show ring since I was two when I showed my Pygmy goat in pee-wee showmanship. I started showing market goats when I was seven, and sheep when I was nine. I think I added pigs in there somewhere around 11 or 12.
What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give to other showmen?
One piece of advice I’d give to other showman is to never believe that all that matters is winning or losing. Having success is awesome, but what will last forever are the friendships and relationships you build with those around you. So, talk to the people in line beside you, congratulate everyone, and cherish every second spent with the best people in the best industry.
When I Grow Up I Want To….:
“When I grow up I want to,” give back the livestock and agricultural industries that have both played a key role in making me who I am today. I’m currently an agricultural communications major, and I love it. I don’t know exactly what I’ll do or who I’ll work for, but I know that I want to help the next generation of showman have the same experiences I had.
My biggest stock show oops moment:
My biggest stock show oops moment would probably be when I was in the finals for goat showmanship at the Arizona National and my chain broke, so I proceeded to throw it in a corner of the ring and show my goat like a lamb.
One Thing You Might Not Know About Me Is:
One thing you might not know about me, is that in high school I played softball and won three consecutive state titles.
Least Favorite Barn Chore:
My least favorite barn chore is without a doubt cleaning pens.
Favorite Livestock Show:
Current Favorite Song:
Mine All Mine by Kolton Moore and the Clever Few
Favorite Sports Team:
THIS OR THAT
Barn Music – Loud As It Gets or Peace & Quiet?
Loud As It Gets!
Superstitions – Yes, of course! or Nope!
Yes, Of Course!
Pre-Show Jitters – Heck yes! or Calm As Can Be?
Favorite Pictures – Backdrops or Candid Ringshots?