Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
The perfect place to meet new pals might just be down on the farm.
These faves from the Barnyard Buddies 2017 Photo Contest will melt hearts.
We asked for your cutest, your silliest and your most heartwarming animal photos for our 2017 barnyard buddies contest, and you delivered. Thank you for the more than 400 entries. We had a fun time looking through them. It was tough to narrow the field down to just our top three, so along with the winners, we’ve included other favorites here.
The grand-prize winner, Jessica Roberts of Camarillo, California, received $250, and the first-place winner, Hannah Stikeleather of Laura, Ohio, received $100. They, along with second-place winner Chelsea Williams of Lebanon, Connecticut, also received a year’s subscription to Farm & Ranch Living magazine.
But even if you missed the contest, your photos of all things farm and ranch are always welcome. Go to farmandranchliving.com/submit and send them along.
1ST PLACE WINNER
Our family owns Stikeleather Genetics, a show pig operation. “Were you raised in a barn?” applies to our son, Briggs. From day one he has tagged along, and he’s developed a deep love for Duroc pigs. He can’t wait to start showing them this summer.
Hannah Stikeleather Laura, Ohio 2ND PLACE WINNER
My 3-year-old, Reagan, loves her animals. Last Memorial Day I was able to snap the perfect candid of her talking to a pair of Ayrshires. The best part is the cows seemed to be listening.
Chelsea Williams Lebanon, Connecticut
1. RUN LIKE THE WIND
Our very first bucket calf was named Little Red. We took this photo the first time we put him in the corral with our horse Chance. I was lucky to get this shot of them having some fun together.
Karen Evans Eckley, Colorado
2. START ’EM YOUNG
Baylor, my 2-year-old son, is the sixth generation on our ranch. Here he stands proudly with his dogie calf. He was pretty much born in the saddle, carrying a rope in his hand since he could walk. This photo really shows his love for animals. He’s going to be an amazing cowboy.
Shelby Hill Tonto Basin, Arizona 3. CATCHING SOME Zs
Becky Wheeler and her friend Daffodil had just finished a livestock-judging event. Both were tired but still shared their silent love.
Sandy Kline New Haven, Connecticut
4. PIGS & PUPS
We brought home a runt piglet to raise, and a couple of days later this adorable puppy showed up, too.
They became fast friends.
Cathy Cooper Covington, Indiana
5. SPECIAL WOOL BLEND
Our Nubian keeps secret why she mixes with the sheep. Whatever her reason, she is often in their pen rather than her own.
Carol Schmidt Noblesville, Indiana
6. FARM TEAM
Competing on my horse Frosty, Kenly Kelso, my 8-year-old greatgranddaughter, won a junior princess title. I raised this horse myself, and I still ride at age 86. We are the best team, my greatgranddaughter, Frosty and me.
Charles McKay Mount Pleasant, Utah 7. BACK SEAT DRIVER
Maxine the Nubian goat is the only member of the herd at our farm that Derby, the miniature donkey, allows to hitch a ride on his back. They really do make an amusing pair.
Richard Fischer Calico Rock, Arkansas 8. THIS LITTLE PIGGIE
My little girl Savanah was born without radius bones. Yes, she struggles, but the pigs she raises on our farm are helping her learn life lessons. In this photo I see the true meaning of farm life: struggle, perseverance, work, joy and new beginnings.
Jessica Workman Mindenmines, Missouri 9. SHE TAKES A LICKING
I was trying to get Fall, my favorite Jersey cow, to look at the camera, but she thought licking my face was a better idea—and turns out, it was! We may look silly, but this is my favorite picture, and I wouldn’t change anything about it.
Annie Melton Dadeville, Missouri 10. COWBOY AT HEART
Samuel is the biggest littlest cowboy in this county and the next, and just like the rest of us, he adores this sandy mare. It isn’t fair to pick favorites, but she’s definitely one of them. We shower her with “scratchies” and look forward to her foals as they are always beautiful.
Hannah Strom Lake Park, Minnesota
Although this goat was not a beloved pet, I adore this photo of it with my eldest daughter, Adeline, now almost 7. This scene played out at a pumpkin patch petting zoo five years ago. The two have the same expression, and even Adeline’s pigtails and the goat’s ears match. The image embodies the love of animals that runs deep in my family. Jessica Roberts Camarillo, California