With her head held high, 3-year-old Hadley Geiger strutted into the arena, working to make sure her 7-month-old miniature Hereford calf kept its head up, too.

She might be small, but Hadley said she’s a pro, dispensing valuable wisdom as she went to get her next calf ready.

It was a busy day at the East Texas State Fair for a lot of little cowboys and cowgirls, as some of the youngest participants showed their livestock.

Hadley participated in the Pre-Junior show, which her mother, Tabitha, said was the third this week alone, having come to Tyler from a show in Oklahoma.

Hadley won’t be headed back to their Blue Ridge home empty-handed, taking home the Division Calf Champion ribbon.

Hadley said her favorite part of raising livestock is showing them, but she also enjoys getting to bathe and blow-dry the cows. Her mom said she usually gets wetter than the calves, but the girl just wears her bathing suit and has fun with it.

Hadley said the most difficult part of showing is when the heifer fights with its halter.

A stubborn cow can be problematic when it’s already several times larger than you are, but Hadley’s already a pro.

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Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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