HOUSTON - Top lots brought more than half a million dollars during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Steer Auction on Saturday.

Kelton Long s Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, Chappy, was purchased for $360,000. Long, 15, is a member of the Collingsworth County 4-H Club from Wellington.

Long s father, Barry, was overcome with emotion.

It s just one excited feeling, Barry Long said.

Kelton Long described how much hard work goes into raising a grand champion steer.

You've got to exercise them daily, feed them, water them and get them up every day, he said.

The steer was purchased by Evelyn and Roger Bethune; Vanessa, Chris, Kyle and Rihanna Bruegger; Sally and Rigo Flores; and Stewart Title/Mary Alice and E.D. Lester.

I see so many more Hispanic kids getting an education because of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rigo Flores, buyer and Steer Auction Committee member, said. That s really dear to me, being Hispanic.

The Champagne Cowgirls buying group purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Steer for $210,000.

The Chianina steer, Gene Simmons, was exhibited by Robert Hurst, 14. Hurst is a member of Farewell FFA from Friona.

It s all about the satisfaction of providing educational money and the further development of the youth of this state, Bobbie Mau, member of Champaign Cowgirls, said.

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