Eleven-year-old Matthew Garcia participated in the Jim Wells County Fair for the first time in his life. The city kid has been mentored by his grandparents who breed and race horses, according to Garcia's grandmother Belinda Perez.
"I entered the fair thinking it would be fun," Garcia stated. "My dad and aunt were part of the fair when they were young. It takes a lot of work to train horses and learn how to take care for multiple living creatures."
Garcia worked with his animals, which also included chickens and lambs, over the summer.
"It takes responsibility that I'll need to know in order to support myself in the future," he said. "I have to be professional and never take any animal for granted especially my horses. One wrong move and they are dangerous."
Garcia showed and won Grand Champion with his mare and gelding. He also got Overall Horse Showmanship, Grand Champion Horse Costume and Grand Champion Home Economic's Arts And Crafts.