Students set records as they compete for prize money at HLSR


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 8:40 PM

HOUSTON - Fast moving horses will catch your eye, but it was this kid that stole the show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Payton Herzog’s job was to water hogs.

“How difficult is that. Not really. You’ve just to keep them off of each other. It looks like you’re making them might happy. Yes sir,” Herzog, an FFA student, said.

The hogs will be competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money at the rodeo.

“So you can make a lot of money if you win a big prize here…I was champion Angus steer here and I got a $180,000,” Herzog said. “Just to make or pay for my college. Mostly and feed and plus it’s just a fun extracurricular activity.”

People have been paying record amounts for grand champion winners this year. A painting by a Pasadena senior was sold for $210,000.

“I’m amazed that these are just students. And it’s amazing that someone has that kind of talent at that young age,” Judy Mirabal, a rodeo fan, said.

It is not clear how many records will be broke before the rodeo is over, but it already has been an incredible year.

“It really is, you realize you work for 11 months to put this thing together and built a city and see the fruits of our labor coming through when you see these people come out here and spend these kinds of dollars,” another rodeo visitor said.

But how could not they after seeing children like Herzog, who just loves animals.

“I don’t really know whose these are, but I hope they come and get ‘em, cause I mean, they are good hogs,” Herzog said.