To the vast majority of 12 year olds, pigs would not be to the forefront of their minds. This is not the case for twelve year old, Samara Radcliffe, who comes from a family farm in Banbridge in County Down.
Samara has been working with pigs since the ripe young age of six. Only six years later, she has a collection of over 120 rosettes to her name. If that weren't enough, she has only gone and added to her vast collection by winning the saddleback junior competition at the recent Balmoral show, as reported by BBC news Northern Ireland, and is now the pig showing champion for 2017.
Samara has always had a deep fascination with pigs and insisted her parents buy her one back in 2011. She has since gone on to achieving great things on the pig show circuits. She regularly competes against farmers and fellow 'show-ers' who are usually between 20 to 30 years her senior. Such is the extent of her interest in her unique hobby, the local shop stocks pig oil especially for her as she uses it so often.
Picture Below: Samara's first ever competition win.
Already a multiple champion, and definitely not your conventional 12-year old, Samara plans to enter her prized pig at the upcoming Antrim show. In 12 years she has already achieved so much, it's scary and exciting to think of how much she could achieve in another six years.
Pictures above courtesy of BBC news Northern Ireland.