The four Richardson siblings, of Yuma, were up before the sun most days over the summer.

Riley, 19, and Ema, 15 along with twins Nash and Lea both 13, were getting their farm animals ready for the Colorado State Fair.

“We’d be up together in the barn at 5 o’clock or 5:30 putting the steers in every morning. That was since the end of May right after school got out,” Ema said only a half-hour before the 2018 Colorado Touchstone Energy Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair.

“Later, we’d go feed pigs and wash them until about 9:30 in the morning. At noon, we’d go feed the steer.”

At 7 p.m. each night the siblings would feed the pigs once again with the steer being fed again at about 8:30 p.m.

“That was all summer,” Ema said with a laugh.

“I hope we get paid a lot of money,” Nash said before the sale

On Tuesday, their work paid off. Literally.

Ema’s hog “Allen,” which was crowned grand champion Friday, was purchased by Anadarko Petroleum Group for $25,000.

She, her siblings and father, Ruben Richardson, waited anxiously until Sunday, when Nash’s steer “Daniel” was crowned grand champion.

Daniel was purchased by Sam Brown for a sale record of $65,000.

The Southwest Motors Events Center was full of cowboy hats and big wallets.

Brown outbid the famous Jake Jabs, owner of American Furniture Warehouse, in the friendly competition for the 1,339 pound steer.

Near the end of the bidding, Jabs was doing just that — jabbing.

But when it got to $65,000, Jabs gave the cancel sign as auctioneer John Korrey told him, “Jake Jabs, that’s just selling one more couch!”

This was Ema and Nash’s fifth year showing animals at the Fair.

Nash won reserve hog last year, which was the highest the family had ever placed before this contest.

As for what they will use the money for?

“College,” the eighth grader, Nash, said.

“Yeah, we are going to use the money for college,” his sister chimed in.

Ema plans on studying “Something in the ag industry.”

“I was thinking maybe about going to Oklahoma State (University.) But I’m not sure.”