Javonne Pool, president of the Texas City FFA, has shown everything from market steers to market rabbits at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, earning buckles and banners along the way. This year, he’ll be showing steers.
Coast Monthly caught up with the 18-year-old Texas City High School senior who has been showing animals for 10 years, including at the State Fair of Texas, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Where were you born? Here in Texas City. I have grown up here.
What got you interested in showing animals? My grandpa, who raises livestock, got me into showing goats at first.
What’s your favorite thing about showing animals? The friendships and close bonds that are created through these shows.
What have you learned from showing animals? That at any given moment, everything you have planned can change. Nothing is guaranteed and it is best to always be ready for the unexpected.
Which animals require the most work? The easiest animals I have raised were my rabbits and the hardest by far has been my steers.
What’s the most Texan thing about you? No matter where I go, I will always find a Whataburger to eat at.
Favorite country song? Definitely “Who I Am” by Wade Bowen.
What are your future plans? The career I want to pursue is a Realtor specializing in ranches/suburban area homes while raising and selling show cattle.