About Us

Founded in April 2019, Band of Barrows is a non-profit corporation built by leaders and patrons alike, to enrich young peoples’ lives and futures by funding junior barrow sales in North Texas each year.

Band of Barrows is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded by Whitney L. Cardwell, Margaret Jensen Crosby and Janie L. VanZandt, with a mission to raise money from businesses and individuals. Funds will be used to support the junior barrow exhibitors in North Texas each year.

After spending several years at the Sale of Champions supporting the junior exhibitors, a need to specifically support the barrow exhibitors was identified; thus Band of Barrows was born. Each of the founders comes from different backgrounds, but each has a true passion for supporting the junior exhibitors and a fondness for pigs in general.

Whitney L. Cardwell , President & Director

Whitney is Vice President-Legal Counsel for a Texas state bank with 40 locations. She has been a licensed attorney in the State of Texas since 2000 and specializes in commercial real estate. Whitney was a member of 4-H as a child and in middle school and high school exhibited Quarter Horses at various venues all across the United States, one of which was the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Whitney has attended the Sale of Champions several years in order to bid on the animals utilizing corporate funds. At the 2019 Sale of Champions she noticed a need for additional organizations to support the junior barrow exhibitors. Whitney, and her husband, Jim Holcomb, reside on a ranch in Hill County, Texas, which is home to all sorts of livestock, one being her pot-bellied pig, Porkchop.


Margaret Jensen Crosby, Vice President , Treasurer & Director

Margaret (a/k/a Missy) is an attorney in Fort Worth, whose areas of practice are probate, estate planning, and family law. Although Margaret has no experience raising and showing pigs, she has noticed during the past few years at the Sale of Champions that there is a need to support the children that raise and show pigs. And, she thinks the pigs are cute! Margaret and her husband, Colby, live in Fort Worth, and want to show support for kids across the great State of Texas who work hard to raise these animals, as they admire their dedication and commitment.

Janie L. VanZandt, Vice President , Secretary & Director

Janie is the Director of Land Administration for Veritas Energy, LLC in Fort Worth Texas. Janie spent her childhood raising and showing pigs across Texas, ironically exhibiting 9 years at the Fort Worth Stock Show. She knows firsthand the time and finances it takes to raise and exhibit animals for these types of shows, which leads her desire to be part of a group that gives back to the hard-working kids, families and supervisors that raise these animals. Janie and her husband, Jay, who also raised and exhibited pigs live in Aledo and continue to be involved and support each of their respective FFA and 4-H organizations where they grew up.