Katy Taylor Junior Preps “Pierre” the Pig for Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo

Katy/Fulshear, TX — Feb. 18, 2013 . . . For the past five months Katy Taylor high school junior Lauren Jones diligently has caught the 5:40 a.m. bus to the Katy ISD FFA barn on Katy-Hockley Road to tend to her pig, “Pierre.” She dutifully has raised her precious porker from a 5-week, 50-pound piglet, to a strapping 225-pounder to exhibit at the school district’s Livestock Show & Rodeo, one of the only remaining high school Livestock Show & Rodeos in Texas.

Lauren’s months of dedicated work, which also includes Pierre’s daily afternoon walk, feeding, bathing and brushing, will culminate at the livestock show, with the Saturday, February 23, 1 p.m. auction being the “Grand Finale.” The auction will be held at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion, 6301 S. Stadium Lane at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy.

“Lauren is such a well-rounded student academically, athletically – she plays on the JV basketball team – as an FFA member and as a Firethorne Visitor Center Guide. It’s solid students like her who inspire us year after year to

FFA Student Lauren Jones tends to her pig, Pierre, twice a day, which includes feeding, walking, washing and brushing in preparation for the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo.

FFA Student Lauren Jones tends to her pig, Pierre, twice a day, which includes feeding, walking, washing and brushing in preparation for the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo.

This isn’t Lauren’s first rodeo; her first pig, George, which she raised her freshman year, earned second place in his class and 6th place overall and sold to the Firethorne Stampede for $2,200, which she has applied to her college fund.
Since 2006, the “Firethorne Stampede” auction team has invested $230,000 in purchasing auction animals, including a Grand Champion Goat, Grand Showman Goat and the Grand Showman Pig, to provide college scholarship funds to Katy ISD FFA students.

Like her older sister, Kathryn, before her, Lauren has funded the purchase and upkeep of Pierre through her job as a Firethorne Visitor Center Guide, working after school, weekends and over the summer. She estimates she invested about $650 to purchase and maintain her pig, i.e. food, shaving, shampoo and brushes.

The 2013 “Firethorne Stampede” participants gearing up for the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo are: Allen Boone & Humphries, Ashton Woods Homes, BKD LLP, Bluegrass Maintenance, Canady & Canady, Clark Condon Associates, Clearwater Utilities, Inc., Firethorne, First Southwest Co., Freed Advertising, HBC Terracon, Jefferson Development, Lake Management, Park Construction, RHC Investments, Severn Trent Services, Storm Water Solutions, Susan Farb Public Relations, and Tax Tech, Inc.

A 1,400-acre master-planned community, Firethorne offers a resort-style swimming pool, Firethorne Competitive Swim Center with regulation 6-lane, 25-yard-long lap pool, miles of hike/bike trails, a fully equipped Fitness Center with certified trainer on call, lighted tennis courts with tennis teams and clinics, two sports fields and a new Clubhouse at Firethorne is available to residents for entertaining and meetings.

Firethorne blends with the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, greenbelts, hike and bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. Strategically located near the crossroads of the I-10 West corridor, the Westpark Tollway and the Grand Parkway, 10 and 15 miles west, respectively, of the Texas Medical Center-West Campus and Houston’s Energy Corridor, it is where the vibrancy of West Houston meets the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear.

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