INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) – Nineteen-year-old Simone Denton has been showing 4-H pigs for ten years, and although a birth defect has left him with limited use of his legs, he said it hasn’t kept him from competing.
“I just do what I can and I just show them,” said Simone. “The judges aren’t really looking at me, they’re looking at the pig.”
Simone was adopted from Haiti as a child, and his father Todd Denton said he’s always had a passion for showing pigs, but it’s his attitude that makes him stand out in the ring.
“He never complains. It’s his attitude that keeps us all going, and he’s an example to the whole community, our church, our family, everybody,” said Todd. “Everybody just always wants to help him out.”
Simone competed at the Indiana State Fair Saturday morning, and placed sixth and seventh in each class he competed in.
This year was different for Simone. After using a cane to show his pigs last year, a White County family who saw Simone’s frustration gave him an electric wheel chair.
Todd said it allowed his son to navigate the ring much easier and shows the impact Simone’s positive attitude has on others.
“Everybody wants to help him excel in what he’s doing, and they see his passion and his love for showing 4-H hogs,” said Todd.
This is Simone’s last year he can compete in 4-H, and Saturday’s State Fair Competition was his last time showing pigs. He said it’s an emotional time, but the last 10 years have taught him to never doubt himself.
“Try it. If you don’t like it, you can always do something different,” Simone said. “But you never know, until you try it.”
Simone plans to come back next year, but instead of competing he plans on teaching others how to show pigs.