HOUSTON - Thirty-two steers and exhibitors lined up in front of more than 70,000 people on Friday at Reliant Stadium with hopes of having their steer selected by a judge.
“Chappy,” exhibited by Kelton Long, 15, was selected as the Grand Champion Junior Market Steer. Kelton, a member of Collingsworth County 4-H from Wellington, was confident his Charolais cross steer would be being selected as Grand Champion.
“It’s pretty special, because my brother won in 2011, and now I get to share it and that will be very special for our family,” Kelton said.
Kelton plans to attend Texas Tech University and study agri-business. His father, Barry Long, said showing cattle is a family affair.
“He wanted to try to catch up and outdo his brother,” Long said. “His mission has been accomplished.”
Robert Hurst, 14, a member of Farewell FFA from Friona, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, named “Gene Simmons.”
“It’s overwhelming and a lot to take in,” Robert said. “I’ve learned responsibility, dedication, hard work and a lot more, but I’m too excited.” Robert plans to attend Texas A&M University and judge livestock upon graduation.
The Junior Market Steer Auction is set for noon on Saturday in the Reliant Arena Sales Pavilion.