Ft. Worth Sale of Champions benefits youth exhibitors

Feb 13, 2009
by WLJ
Ft. Worth Sale of Champions benefits youth exhibitors

Over $2 million was generated for Texas youth in the Junior Sale of Champions recently in the West Arena at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSS). A total of 278 steers, barrows, lambs and goats were purchased by area businesses and individuals for a total of $2,011,571.

“Countless hours of work and dedication were devoted by our youth exhibitors over the course of the last year and today they were rewarded,” said Bradford S. Barnes, FWSS executive vice president and general manager.

“We are very pleased with the results.” The grand champion steer, a 1,298-pound European crossbred known as “Blackjack,” was shown by Callie Stedje of Gruver, TX. Happy Davis Foundation topped all challenges with a bid of $140,000.

Reserve grand champion steer was a 1,328-pound Shorthorn exhibited by Meagan Boxwell of Perryton, TX. The reserve steer was purchased by Coors Distributing for $100,000.

Continuing the strong momentum, the grand champion barrow was purchased by Hill Development for $14,500. The crossbred barrow was shown by Weston Richburg of Bushland, TX. Larry White investments topped the bidding at $8,500 for the reserve champion barrow shown by Peyton Hill of Nevada, TX. The grand champion lamb, shown by Sydney Witte of Clint, was sold to the Ladies on the Lamb for $20,000 as well as the reserve champion lamb for $16,000, which was shown by Erica Walker of Eastland, TX. The grand champion wether goat, shown by Chama Martin of Mason, TX, sold for $15,000 to Larry White. Reserve champion wether goat, shown by Conner Newsom of Ballinger, TX, was purchased by Hillwood Land & Cattle for $10,500.

Sale proceeds were raised by the Stock Show Syndicate, a group of Fort Worth area business people dedicated to enhancing agricultural education activities of Texas youth. Members of the organization, along with the Ladies on the Lamb, You Ol’ Goat Committee, and The Tallest Hog at the Trough Committee were responsible for the purchase of all animals offered in the Junior Sale of Champions.

Since its establishment in 1980, the syndicate has raised more than $20,000,000 in sale funds and scholarships. For more information about the Stock Show Syndicate, visit www.fwsss.com. — WLJ