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  • Texas Longhorn Trails

    JUNE 2013

  • May 2013 3

  • Texas Longhorn Trails(817) 625-6241 (817) 625-1388 (FAX)P.O. Box 4430 Fort Worth, TX 76164

    E-Mail: [email protected]

    StaffEditor in Chief:

    Laura Standley Ext. [email protected] [email protected]

    Contributing Editor: Henry L. KingAdvertising:

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    Regional CorrespondentsLori Beeson Nolensville, TennesseeBonnie Damrow Roca, NebraskaPaige Evans Kiowa, Colorado

    Deb Lesyk Outlook, Saskatchewan, CanadaWanda Moore Sulphur Bluff, TexasBodie Quary Prague, Oklahoma

    Office StaffPresident/CEO:Mike Coston Ext. 102

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    The Texas Longhorn Trails (ISSN-10988432, USPS 016469)is published monthly by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association ofAmerica, 2315 N. Main, Ste. 402, Fort Worth, TX 76164. PeriodicalPostage Paid at Fort Worth, TX. Subscription rates: $60 per year; for-eign per year $75. Postmaster: Send address changes to: TexasLonghorn Trails, 2315 N. Main, Ste. 402, Fort Worth, TX 76164.Phone (817) 625-6241. Fax (817) 625-1388.

    Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for allcontent of advertisements printed and also assume responsibility forany claims arising from such advertisements made against the publish-er. Publisher reserves exclusive rights to accept or reject advertising oreditorial material submitted for publication in the Texas LonghornTrails magazine. Articles and photos from this publication may bereprinted only with permission of the publisher.

    We reach every TLBAA member

    Deadline: July 2013deadline is May 24th.

    4 Texas Longhorn Trails

    VOL. 25 NO. 3 JUNE 2013

    Pr in ted i n the USA

    Departments:Officers & Directors ........................5CEO/President Letter ......................6TLBAA Board Spotlight ..................34A Moment in TLBAA History..........35News On The Trail..........................39Breeder Spotlight ..........................44Affiliate News ................................45TLBT Update ................................48Herd Management..........................49In The Pen ......................................52Movers & Shakers ........................64Ad Index ........................................67Just For Grins ................................67Save the Date ................................68

    Feature Article:A Tradition Of Excellence...RedMcCombs Ranches

    By Henry King ............................27-29

    Articles:Riders In the Great American CattleDrive Meet With Business Group

    By Henry King ............................32-33Supplies & Services Benefit TexasLonghorn Breeders ..................36-38

    Hired Hand Huddle EducatingLonghorn Breeders

    By Molly Clubb ................................44Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fames 2ndAnnual Exceptional Rodeo ..........44

    The Texas Longhorn and the TLBAA: TheLegacy Continues..........................53

    Battling FliesBy Heather Smith Thomas ............54-55

    Shows & Sales:Hudson-Valentine Spring Inv. Sale10-11Southeastern Winchester Furturity14-15Red River Longhorn Sale ..................17Midwest Longhorn Sale ..............18-19Stillwater Shootout ............................51

    About the Cover:Featured on the front cover is Southern Misbehavin from Maurice Ladniers program that Star Creek

    Ranch purchased at the 2011 TLBAA Horn Showcase Sale. Her Starbase Commander heifer, ComplementaryStars was born 3/21/13. We appreciate all the beautiful Longhorn photos that our breeders have submitted,and a big thanks to Star Creek Ranch for sharing!


    ATTENTION TRAILS READERS!! We are askingfor your opinions about the Trails magazine.Please complete the form on pg. 46, and youranswers will be taken into consideration. We

    appreciate your participation!


    June 2013 5

    At-Large DirectorMark Hubbell(269) 838-3083

    [email protected]

    At-Large DirectorKen Morris(704) 361-6035

    [email protected]

    Region 1 - DirectorJeff Jespersen(780) 966-3320

    [email protected]

    Region 2 - DirectorNelson Hearn(484) 638-0228

    [email protected]

    Region 3 - DirectorTom Smith(616) 293-0977

    [email protected]

    Region 4 - DirectorScott Hughes(828) 287-4257

    [email protected]

    Region 5 - DirectorNancy Dunn(334) 318-0887

    [email protected]

    Region 6 - DirectorKathy Kittler(501) 690-0771

    [email protected]


    WALTER G. RIEDEL, JR.*1967-1969

    J.G. PHILLIPS, JR.*1969-1971

    WALTER B. SCOTT1971-1973

    JAMES WARREN1973-1975

    J.W. ISAACS*1975-1977

    J.T. HAPPY SHAHAN*1977-1978

    JOHN R. BALL1979-1980

    BILL ANTHONY1981-1982

    DR. L.V. BAKER1982-1984

    DR. W.D. BILL CLARK1984-1986

    RICHARD D. CARLSON1986-1988

    JOHN T. BAKER1988-1990

    RIEMER CALHOUN, JR.1990-1992

    GLEN W. LEWIS1992-1995

    TIM MILLER*1995-1998

    SHERMAN BOYLES1998-2003

    BOB MOORE*2003-2005

    JOEL LEMLEY2006-2007


    DR. FRITZ MOELLER2007-2009

    MAURICE LADNIER2009-2010


    STEVEN ZUNKER2010-2011

    BRENT BOLEN2011-2012


    Chairman: Dr. Bob KroppOklahoma State University

    Dr. Harlan RitchieMichigan State University

    Dr. Bill AbleNorthwestern Oklahoma University

    Marshall RubleIowa State University

    Dr. Charles McPeakeUniversity of Georgia

    Dr. Scott SchaakeKansas State University

    Dr. Randall Grooms - TAESTexas A&M University

    Chairman of the Board:Todd McKnight (620) 704-3493

    Executive Vice Chairman:Jim Rombeck (620) 257-5247

    1st Vice Chairman:David Roberts (573) 406-9869

    2nd Vice Chairman:L.D. McIntyre (308) 750-8384

    Secretary:Robert Richey (325) 942-1198

    Treasurer:John Parmley (281) 541-1201

    Director:Tom Smith (616) 293-0977

    Director:Bernard Lankford (817) 341-2013

    At-Large DirectorLana Hightower(903) 681-1093

    [email protected]

    At-Large DirectorJohn Parmley(281) 541-1201

    [email protected]

    Region 7 - DirectorDonnie Taylor(936) 414-1401

    [email protected]

    Region 8 - DirectorBernard Lankford

    (817) [email protected]

    Region 9 - DirectorRobert Richey(325) [email protected]

    Region 10 - DirectorGary Bowdoin(254) 640-0844

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    Region 11 - DirectorLarry Smith(281) 935-2811

    [email protected]

    Region 12 - DirectorSteven Zunker(210) 827-3940

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    At-Large DirectorTodd McKnight(620) 704-3493

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    At-Large DirectorDavid Roberts(573) 406-9868

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    Region 13 - DirectorL.D. McIntyre

    (308) 750-8384 or (308) [email protected]

    Region 14 - DirectorJim Rombeck(620) 257-5247

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    Region 15 DirectorCraig Perez(979) 906-0043

    [email protected]

    Region 16 - DirectorDoug Hunt(435) 275-2112

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    Region 17 - DirectorTerry Fuhriman(208) 860-7430

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    Region 18 - DirectorRay Beadle(408) 834-0110

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  • With three sales under my belt and acouple more to visit, it has been a whirl-wind of excitement, education and meet-ing hundreds of great people in theLonghorn breed. The sales themselveshave been a great way to learn this busi-ness, learn what the buyers are lookingfor and learn more about the magnificentLonghorn. I can positively see an up-ward movement for the TLBAA and a trend that our industry is recovering andbeginning to turn around. More and more of our breeders are extremely ex-cited about the direction we are going, not only as a breed, but as I visit ourLonghorn families, they are learning what is happening in the office. Your of-fice is becoming more efficient, more economically run, more member friendly.We are learning that without you, the breeder, we would not exist. Everyoneseems to be looking forward to our building project, and you will be glad tohear that those retail businesses around the area, where we plan to build ourfuture home, they too are extremely excited that we are going to be a more vis-ible part of the neighborhood. Those businesses truly want us there and be-lieve that we all will prosper from our move. I encourage you to call, certainlycome by to visit and talk with us. Please let us know how we can better serveyou, how we can become the Association you want us to be. You are the Asso-ciation, and we know that.

    Mike Coston, President / CEO

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    The TLBAA Building Committee has made great progress towards thebuilding that will be located on our 2 acre spot with the Texas Gold Statue.

    We are looking toward the future!


    [email protected] 318-872-6329 www.sandhillsranch.comLocated in Mansfield, LA 45 min. South of Shreveport Come visit!

    SH Rockys Majestic 44/1 at 12 mo.SH Rocky Blue x SH Princess Majestic

    SH Mojo Medicine 24/2 at 15 mo.K&B Jasper x SH Mammu Medicine

    SH Solutions Command 11/1 14 mo.Buck Board x ECR Solutions Gem

    SH Shelby Ann 18/2 at 14 mo.SH Rocky Blue x Swinging A Shelby

    SH Bold Gambler 53/2 at 12 mo.Ambush x Bold Reflection


    SH Wise Respect 27/1 at 13 mo.Buck Board x SH Wise Delta Dream

    BUCK BOARD Coming 6 yr. OldHunts Command Respect x Haystack

    73 TTT Black Roan

    RIP SAW Co-owned with 4T LonghornsSittin Bull x Jig Saw 81 TTT at 5 yrs. 2 mo.

    BULL WHIP 4 yrs. 3 mo.Top Caliber x Crock 73 1/2 TTTAlso co-owned with 4T Longhorns



  • Saturdays Sale Sold 72 HeadGross Sales: $634, 000SaleAverage: $8,806

    Friday Night Spotlight HeiferSale Sold 39 Head

    Gross Sales: $340,000Sale Average: $8,717

    Two Day Sales Gross:$974,100

    Total Sales Average: $8,775

    111 Head Sold in Two DaysOne PO on Friday NightOne PO on Saturday

    Two scratches from the sale(LOTS 37 & 50)







    $65,000 HL COW PATTY

    Consignor: Hudson LonghornsPurchased By: Allen/Filip /Gravett



    RIVERFORK QUEEN OF CLUBS Consignor: Terry & Tammy KingPurchased by: Panther Creek







    Sale Hosts Joe & Lorinda Valentine, BowlingGreen, KY; Elizabeth & Bill Hudson, FloydsKnobs, IN

    TOP 10 BUYERS1. Panther Creek Longhorns:

    $129,500Joe & Lorinda Valentine 2. Bentwood Ranch:

    $100,967Richard & Jeanne Filip 3. G & G Longhorns:

    $82,666Ben & Ann Gravett

    4. End of Trail Ranch:$64,500

    Mike & Debbie Bowman 5. Allens Ranch:

    $54,167John & Ursula Allen

    6. Hudson Longhorns:$48,200

    Bill & Elizabeth Hudson 7. Hoosier Longhorns:

    $38,000Dan Jones

    8. Northbrook Cattle Co: $38,000

    Rob & Marcy Fenza 9. McCombs Ranches:

    $25,700Red & Charline McCombs

    10. Craft Ranch:$23,000

    Les, Lisa & Lane Craft





    T he 2013 Hudson-Valentine Invitational Sale, held at the Western Kentucky UniversityAg Expo Center in Bowling Green, KY, was a very energetic event that raised the baronce again for our Longhorn industry. Im sure each of you will be pleased with theresults. There were 229 registered buyers at the sale as well as 21 registered internetbuyers. Thirteen states were represented by 53 consignors. There were 61 buyers. TheFriday evening Spotlight Heifer Sale was preceeded by the Southeastern WinchesterFuturity which started at 9:00 a.m. 110Futurity heifers were shown.Bob & Pam Loomis were presented a

    plaque for raising the first 90 femaleLonghorn. There were many smiling facesthat enjoyed their weekend in Kentucky.

    Results submitted by the Hudson-Valentine Sale

  • June 2013 11

    Richard & Jeanne Filip,Fayetteville, TX; BenGravett, Catlett, VA;Ursula & John Allen,Harper, TX

    Aaron Adkins, Rutherfordton, NC; ClayAdkins, Ferrum, VA; Sandie & ScottHughes, Rutherfordton, NC

    Levi & Brittni Blake, Mettleton, MS

    Derek Channell,Horton, MI; DickLowe, Horton, MI

    Rick Friedrich, Houston, TX; Bob Loomis, Overbrook, OK;Gary Don Taylor, Okarche, OK

    Ren & Steve Azinger, Houston, TX

    TLBAA's Mike Coston with Steven & Tracy Bryson,Blountsville, AL with Allie, Joie and Macon

    Nelson & Tammy Hearn,Richland, PA; SteveHearn, Lebanon, PA

    James & Barbara Atwell, Grifton, NC

    Jim Steffler, Lapeer, MI; Nancy Jensen, San Antonio, TX; LynnStruthoff, San Antonio, TX; Martee Lancaster, Calhan, CO;Stacey Schumacher, Era, TX

    Debra, John &Nathan Helm.Red Oak, TX

    Dan Jones, Washington, IN; Mark Hubbell,Hastings, MI; Tracy Jones, Washington, IN

    Photos submittedby Tammy Kingand Hired Hand


  • Place Name Exhibitor

    1st ECR Houston's Rio Rose El Coyote Ranch2nd GD Jammin Jaycee Taylor Ranch3rd M 2 Rio Delilah M-2 Land & Cattle Co.4th BMF Sittin Mist Blue Moon Farm5th EL Blazing Glory Wolfridge Ranch6th Carmel's Delight Hoosier Longhorns7th WS URAS Widespread Ranch

    1st Hubbells Rio Darlin III Hubbell Longhorns2nd WS Lookin Hot Widespread Ranch3rd Hubbell Rioana Van Horne Hubbell Longhorns4th BP Miss Pretty Broken Plow Ranch5th BP Indigo Thunder Broken Plow Ranch6th RRR Miss Donna 219 Triple R Ranch7th Supernatural Star Star Creek Ranch8th BCR Lady Sara 209 Bull Creek Longhorns9th SS Sweetest Rodeo Jane SS Backwards Longhorns10th BP Southern Rosie Broken Plow Ranch11th WPR Futurity Bound Too Scott Hughes12th HL Moon Dust Hudson Longhorns13th Blancos Damsel Scott Hughes14th BMF Sittin Vixen Blue Moon Farm15th Victory's Cactus Lady Double H Farms

    1st WS Chilled Out Widespread Ranch2nd 200 Percent Rolling D Ranch3rd RFR Country Girl Rocking E Ranches4th Rio Anita PC3 Panther Creek Longhorns5th BP Imprint Susie Broken Plow Ranch6th Transcendental Stars Star Creek Ranch7th Intrigued By Stars Star Creek Ranch8th Rio Ringa Belle PC100 Panther Creek Longhorns9th HL Surprise Me Hudson Longhorns10th Riverforks RFD TK Longhorns

    1st HL Pretty Woman Hudson Longhorns2nd Jetset'n Star Star Creek Ranch3rd Horseshoe J Loving Horseshoe J Longhorns4th DNA Rio Diego's Rivera DNA Longhorn Ranch5th Julio's Dixie Miss 4 Gone Ranch6th Lovely Switch 4 Gone Ranch7th Riverfork Shootin Fancy TK Longhorns8th Drag Iron Girl CP Tacky Farms9th WS Wish A Wish Widespread Ranch





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    Class winner Scott Hughes(Aaron Adkins accepting)with class sponsor TammyKing.

    SOUTHEASTERN WINCHESTER FUTURITY RESULTSSubmitted by Southeastern Winchester Futurity

    Class winner Elizabeth Hudsonwith class sponsor Nancy Dunn.

    Class winner Jimmy Jones/ScottHughes/Terry King/Mark Hubbellwith class sponsor Larry Gribbins.

    Class winner Felix Serna (ElCoyote Ranch) with class spon-

    sor Hudson/Valentine Sale.

    Class winner Dave& Sheila Hovinghwith class sponsorRick Friedrich.

    Jimmy Jones,Greenville, AL;Aaron Adkins,

    Rutherfordton, NC;Clay & Cole Adkins,

    Ferrum, VA.

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    1st WPR Sassy Cat Too Scott Hughes2nd BCR Sarasassie Claire Bull Creek Longhorns3rd Showtime Mona Lisa Hoosier Longhorns4th WS Stylin Widespread Ranch5th BP Oreo Broken Arrow Ranch6th BP Brooklyn Girl Broken Arrow Ranch7th GD Midnight Cowgirl Taylor Ranch8th RFR Deluges Girl Rocking F Ranches9th Hubbell's Super Cerole Hubbell Longhorns10th RRR Miss Lucky Jane 147 Triple R Ranch11th BP Wild Rose Smoke Broken Arrow Ranch12th Private Medley of Stars Star Creek Ranch13th BLL Frangelica Beeson Livestock Co.

    1st SDR Lucy SunDown Ranch2nd Winnie Outshines Stars Star Creek Ranch3rd HL Audrey's Rose Hudson Longhorns4th Little Lady III Bull Creek Longhorns5th WS Shine Down Widespread Ranch6th Riverforks Lil Empress TK Longhorns7th Regarded Grace Bull Creek Longhorns8th RRR Miss Little Dot 103 Triple R Ranch9th BP Snow White Broken Plow Ranch10th Carmel Kiss Hoosier Longhorns11th Milkshakes McFlury Rafter E Cattle Co.12th BLL Valentina Beeson Livestock Co.

    1st HL Cow Patty Hudson Longhorns2nd Horseshoe J Justifiable Horseshoe J Longhorns3rd Iron Maid PC 370 Panther Creek Ranch4th Magic Switch 4 Gone Ranch5th RRR Miss Julia 084 Triple R Ranch6th Texas Starlady PC365 Panther Creek Ranch7th Hubbells Hot Safari Hubbell Longhorns8th DH Tari Chex Hoosier Longhorns9th M Arrow Lady Godiva DNA Longhorn Ranch10th Dawn's Early Light Diamond W Longhorns11th Miss Santa Fe PC357 Panther Creek Ranch

    Grand Champion Heifer - HL Cow Patty, Hudson LonghornsReserve Grand Champion Heifer - HL Pretty Woman, Hudson Longhorns

    1st Place - WPR Sassy Cat Too, Scott Hughes

    1st Hubbells 20 Gauge Hubbell Longhorns2nd HL Washington Hudson Longhorns3rd Hubbells Rifleman Hubbell Longhorns4th DS Lucky Wallstreet Hoosier Longhorns5th Speck-Tacular News Haltom Holler Ranch6th WS Apollo Widespread Ranch7th Jumalation Haltom Holler Ranch8th BP Top Hat Broken Plow Ranch9th Yellow Hammer Bryson Longhorns10th EL Diamond Fury Wolfridge Ranch11th Kiowa's Luck Hoosier Longhorns

    1st Cowboy Catchit Chex Jones/Hughes/King/Hubbell2nd HL Lincoln Hudson Longhorns3rd WS Midnight Weapon Widespread Ranch4th WS Rio Jordan Craig Bidner5th BP Super Cash Kelly Broken Plow Ranch6th Target 110 Rolling D Ranch7th Grande Stand Rolling D Ranch

    1st All Around Cowboy Chex Taylor Ranch2nd GD Red Magic Man Taylor Ranch3rd TXN Roman Curt & Kate Mulder4th Limp Biscutt Rafter E Cattle Co.5th Red Rio 26 Broken Plow Ranch6th Hunts High Mesa Hoosier Longhorns7th San Jacinto ECR EL Coyote Ranch

    Grand Champion Bull - Cowboy Catchit Chex, Jones/Hughes/King/HubbellReserve Grand Champion Bull - Hubbells 20 Gauge, Hubbell Longhorns



    Class winner Tom Smithwith class sponsor RickFriedrich.

    Class winner AndyMast with class spon-sor Jimmy Jones.

    Class winnerGary Taylor.

    Futurity Judges: Bob Loomis, Kurt Killgore,Dawn Divinia, Brent Bolen & Cody Moore.

  • Kyle & Whitney Mayden, Donna, TX; Diana Coston, Kilgore, TX; Sherrill Caddel& Dale Hunt, Ardmore, OK

    Rand & L.V. Baker, Elk City, OK

    Julie & Justin Hansen, Paskenta, CA; Bob & Pam Loomis, Overbrook, OK; Michelle &Frank Hevrdejs, Brenham, TX; Tracey & Rick Friedrich, Houston, TX

    Sharon & Buck Adams, Guthrie, OK; BobWeaver, Edmond, OK; Matt McGuire, Perry,OK

    Todd McKnight, Pittsburg, KS; JustinRombeck, Home, KS

    Photos by Hired Hand Websites& Mike Coston

  • MIDWEST LONGHORN SALESubmitted by Mike BowmanThe 2013 Midwest Longhorn Sale started off with a great pre-sale party on Friday evening hosted along with Bill &

    Judy Meridith at the Winfield Livestock Auction where everyonewas ableto visit with Longhorn breeders from all over thecountry!There were approximately 200 people in attendance. Friday & Saturday morning all the prospective buyers fromseveral states received their buyer numbers!The 2013 Midwest Longhorn Sale sold the high selling cow (HR Slam's Rose)for $65,000.00 this year!Also the sale sold 129 registered lots for a total of $667, 850.00 with a sale average of $5,177.00per lot! The sale had 11 scratches and 14 PO'sthis year!

    The top 5 heifers averaged $18,150.00 each and the top 10 heifers averaged $12,425.00 each! The top 5 cowsaveraged $36,000.00 each and the top 10 cows averaged $24,800.00 each! We would like to thank allthe consignors andbuyers for attending the sale and making it the best Longhorn sale we ever put together! We started the sale this year at 11:00a.m. and were through with the sale at 5:00 that afternoon!

    Debbie and I appreciate the consignors sharing some of their outstanding cattle withthe Longhornindustry, and it wasgreatly appreciated! It was a great sale, and we look forward to next years sale!

    Volume Buyers: Tallgrass Cattle Company,End of Trail Ranch, Hudson Longhorns,Panther Creek Ranch, Rafter M CattleCompany and Red McCombs Ranches

    APRIL 27, 2013WINFIELD, KS





    $65,000HR SLAM'S ROSE

    Consigned by Kent & Sandy Harrell Buyer: Tallgrass Cattle Company

    (Bill & Judy Meridith)



    Consigned by Diamond D Ranch Buyer: End of Trail Ranch(Mike & Debbie Bowman)



    Consigned by Maurice LadnierBuyer: Tallgrass Cattle Company

    (Bill & Judy Meridith)



    Consigned by Bolen Longhorns Buyer: Hudson Longhorns(Bill & Elizabeth Hudson)



    Consigned by El Coyote Ranch Buyer: Rafter M Cattle Company

    (Ronnie & Jackie Mullinax))



    Consigned by Diamond E Longhorns Buyer: Cedarview Ranch (Todd & Kelli McKnight)



    Consigned by Tallgrass Cattle Company Buyer: Red McCombs Ranches

    (Red McCombs)


    $10,000ST STAR STRUCK

    Consigned by Jim Hutchinson Buyer: Cabello Bravo Longhorns

    (Warren & Cathy Dorathy)


    $8,500SDR RIOS SUGAR

    Consigned by Allen Ranch Buyer: Hudson Longhorns(Bill & Elizabeth Hudson)



    Consigned by Helm Cattle Company Buyer: TS Longhorns (Terry & Sherri Adcock)


    $8,000LLL EMBRELLA

    Consigned by Hudson Longhorns Buyer: Mike Lutt



    Consigned by Rockin H Longhorns Buyer: Hudson Longhorns(Bill & Elizabeth Hudson)



    Consigned by Diamond E Longhorns Buyer: Red McCombs Ranches (Red McCombs)



    Consigned by Star Creek Ranch Buyer: Tallgrass Cattle Company

    (Bill & Judy Meridith)



    Consigned by Helm Cattle Company Buyer: Allen Ranch (John & Ursula Allen)


    $17,000RRR MISS GLADYS

    Consigned by Triple R RanchBuyer: Panther Creek Ranch(Joe & Lorinda Valentine)


    $16,000HUBBELLS RIO IRON MAIDENConsigned by End of Trail Ranch Buyer: Panther Creek Ranch(Joe & Lorinda Valentine)



    Consigned by Tallgrass Cattle Company Buyer: Hudson Longhorns(Bill & Elizabeth Hudson)


    $8,000RC OCEANA

    Consigned by RC Larson Longhorns Buyer: End of Trail Ranch(Mike & Debbie Bowman)



    Consigned by Bill & Jo Le'AN Buyer: End of Trail Ranch(Mike & Debbie Bowman)


    $6,500BAYOU STAR 590

    Consigned by Dr. Gene & Jolie Berry Buyer: Kent & Sandy Harrell



    Consigned by Alexandra Dees Buyer: Bolen Longhorns (Brent & Cindy Bolen)



    Consigned by Frank & Linda Pate Buyer: Bill & Suzanne Torkildsen

  • June 2013 19Dawn & Darin Divinia, Red Oak, TX

    Kent Harrell, Tulsa, OK; Bill & Judy Meridith, Wellington, KS

    Ursula & John Allen, Harper, TX

    Elizabeth & Bill Hudson, Floyds Knobs, INJoe & Lorinda Valentine, Bowling Green, KY

    Jackie & Ronnie Mullinax, Cypress, TX

    Mike & Debbie Bowman, Benton, KS

    Cindy & Brent Bolen,Lufkin, TX

    Photos courtesy of Hired Hand Websites& TLBAA

    Lynn Struthoff, San Antonio, TX; NancyJensen, San Antonio, TX

    Maurice Ladnier, Perkinston, MS

    Debra & John Helm,Red Oak, TX

    John Parmley & Darlene Aldridge, D.V.M., Somerville, TX; Dr. BobKropp, Perry, OK

    Red & Charline McCombs, Johnson City, TX

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  • June 2013 27

    Growing up in an era characterizedby the Great Depression, the DustBowl, an extended drought andWorld War II, you would think that BillyJoe Red McCombs would carry a hugeload of negativity from his formative years.Born in 1927, just a couple of years beforethe historic stock market crash of 1929,and the attendant malaise that gripped thenation, there was ample reason to view theworld with a jaundiced eye.

    Fortunately for the thousands of indi-viduals impacted by this dynamic person-ality, the lad from West Texas didnt allowthe big negatives to stifle him.

    Spur, Texas, where he was born andraised, is the largest town in DickensCounty. This is historic big-ranch countryon the Rolling Plains just below theCaprock. At one time, huge cattle ranches the Spur, Pitchfork, and Matador took up most of the land. Most of thecountys farming was on the high plainsabove the Caprock plus the level areas scat-tered through the county, with the princi-pal crops being cotton, feed grains andforage crops.

    Many local farmers suffereddevastating losses during the depression

    years of the 1930s; their hardshipsaggravated by the intense drought of 1934and the failure of livestock feed crops. Thecotton boom also collapsed and manyfarmers were driven out of business.

    McCombs grew up with, went toschool with, and played sports with kidswho lived on the farms and ranches. He

    was witness to the hand-to-mouth subsis-tence these families endured during thosehard times, and he had absolutely no in-terest in getting involved in any form ofagriculture.

    In an interview for the Texas Monthlymagazine, he recalled his childhood years:

    I was raised by parents who were veryloving and caring and sharing. Growingup, I watched my dad make 25 bucks aweek. He was an auto mechanic in Spur.He would come home every Saturdaynight with his pay envelope, and mymother would open it up to find $24.75cash in there. She would take out $2.50

    immediately and put it in an envelope forthe First Baptist Church. In addition tothat, if anyone in our little town hadproblems or issues or setbacks or whatever,my mom and my dad always, in whateverway they could, offered to help and didhelp. So I was raised in that atmosphere.

    By Henry King

    A visionary, an advocate and a promoter, McCombshas used his creative assets in a string of firsts thathave brought a wealth of positive attention to theTexas Longhorn industry.

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    And Charline [his wife] and I have alwaysshared our resources. Of course, in the lastten or fifteen years, when those resourceshave a lot of zeros behind them, it getsmore attention.Asked if he was a born salesman,

    McCombs laughed, Maybe. Even when Iwas a kid, I sold everything from peanutsto magazines.

    Attitude is absolutely the most criticalelement in selling anything. You cant fakeattitude.And he has famously put that positive

    attitude and sales ability to good use. After graduating from high school at Spur, McCombs furthered his educationat Texas first institution of higher learning, SouthwesternUniversity in George-town. He left South-western to serve a hitchin the U.S. Army, afterwhich he enrolled inthe University of Texas,studying business andlaw.He and Charline

    Hamblin were marriedin 1950; they have threedaughters, Connie,Lynda and Marsha.In the early 1950s, they moved to

    Corpus Christi where he sold Fords andEdsels for George Jones Ford. In 1958, heand Austin Hemphill created Hemphill-McCombs Ford in San Antonio. This singledealership was the foundation for whateventually became the Red McCombsAutomotive Group. At one time he owned55 dealerships, and still has several in SanAntonio and vicinity. On his 75th birthday,

    he ceded responsibility of the automotivegroup to his daughter, Marsha Shields.Shes doing very well with it, said the

    proud father. She likes that business a lot.Of course, shes been raised in it all herlife.With the automobile sales business as

    a foundation, McCombs has entered into avariety of ventures, most notably in sports.

    He owned his firstprofessional team atage 25 when hepurchased a class Bbaseball team inCorpus Christi. Thefirst major impact insports, however, camewith his connection tobasketball.My partner and I

    leased a strugglingbasketball team theDallas Chaparrals ofthe AmericanBasketball Association for one year, movedit to San Antonio,changed its name to

    Spurs and provided a ton of promotion.It was so successful that we bought theteam and moved it here permanently.Over the years, McCombs has owned

    and sold such pro-sports teams as theDenver Nuggets, the San Antonio Spursand the Minnesota Vikings. McCombsbought the Vikings in 1998 for $250

    million. After an unsuccessful attempt toreplace the Hubert H. HumphreyMetrodome, McCombs sold the teambefore the 2005 football season.I had one of the better operations,

    McCombs noted, and fans were filling thestadium. But at the end of the fifth year,when I fully expected to be in a new facilityand wasnt, I decided I would sell the club.I sold the team for considerably more than

    I paid for it, but as in any other business,what I sold was not the same as what Ibought.McCombs has also owned and sold

    entities such as Clear ChannelCommunications, which he and a partnerstarted in San Antonio with the purchaseof one radio station; it has since acquiredhundreds of radio and television stationsnationally and in several foreign countries.Sold in a leveraged buyout several yearsago, it has since been restructured intothree companies: one for broadcast (radioand television stations), one forentertainment (concert venues, promotionand bookings) and one for outdoor(billboard advertising). Red McCombs Media is an online

    advertising and media services companybased in Austin, Texas; it specializes inadvertising and media services, includingwebsite design, search engineoptimization, and creative services. Itaggregates traffic from thousands of top-tier online publishers which reach up to100 million unique visitors per month.One of McCombs more recent

    endeavors is as the main backer in the U.S. Grand Prix project on 900 acres inSoutheast Austin. Called the Circuit of theAmericas, the track is 3.4 miles long, madeup of twenty turns with an elevationchange of 133 feet. The design was inspiredby the European tradition of sculpting thecircuit to the contours of the land, andd r a w s e l e m e n t s f r o m s e v e r a l

    European FormulaO n e c i r c u i t s .Elements of thefacility include theG r a n d P l a z a ,O b s e r v a t i o nStructure, TowerAmphitheater, andMain Grandstand.Spectator capacitywas estimated to be100,000 utilizingpe rmanent andtemporary seating

    facilities, but a crowd of 117,429 watchedthe Formula One race in November 2012. AGrand Prix motorcycle race was held for thefirst time April 23, 2013 at the Circuit of theAmericas. It also drew a crowd of over100,000.In addition to automobile franchises,

    professional sports teams, massivecommunication facilities, real estatedevelopment and the oil business,

    Red McCombs; the late Dave Evans of Yellow Pines Ranch, Cuchara,CO; Julius Roberts, Cuerna Larga Cattle Co., Walsenburg, CO.

    This is not a hobby with me, he said. If it didntwork financially, I might have five or six head insteadof 250. But it is a good business. Ive been in it since1978, and I enjoy it very much.

  • McCombs is known to readersof this publication for hisimpact on the Texas Longhorncattle business.

    About the time I was tenyears old, I recognized that Ihad such great curiosity for theway business worked, and Iwas so fascinated with allaspects of it that it was like, Ihave to try some of that, I haveto try some of this, and itdoesnt mean Ill be successfulat everything. Ive been prettyfortunate, because enough of it has workedthat it gives me a pretty full day. Ive hadmy failures and my mistakes. I dont dwellon them. If I have something thats notgoing well, and I feel like Ive done as goodwith it as I expected to do and I still didntget the desired results, I get out of it. So Idont have anything dragging me down atany given time. I think that attitude iseverything, and I want to feel positiveabout all the things that I do and about allthe people that I see and meet. I dont likenegative vibes.

    Considering the negatives he witnessedfirst-hand growing up in drought-impactedSpur, Texas, it is interesting that he isinvolved in any way with ranching.

    I was having some health problems in1978, he said. Charline and I were drivingaround near Jonson City, and she said weneeded to get a ranch. We bought the onewe have today and decided we needed tohave some Texas Longhorns on it.

    McCombs began looking at variousherds and noticed that the ownerswouldnt sell their best cattle. Having aninborn curiosity about various businesses,he wondered why this attitude was soprevalent, and being a maverick at heart,decided to be different.

    On one memorable occasion, hevisited a ranch where the owner took himon a tour of the pastures and was adamantabout some of the animals which were notfor sale. They went back to the ranch houseand McCombs wrote out a $25,000 check,handed it to the owner and told him it wasfor certain animals they had looked at. Theowner immediately balked, saying thoseincluded cattle which he had advisedMcCombs were not for sale. But McCombspersisted, and said not only did he want tobuy top-end cattle, but he wanted to haveauctions that sold only top-end cattle, andthat he wanted that owner Alan Sparger to be his Longhorn cattle consultant. Therest, as they say, is history.

    While McCombs enjoys his ranch andcattle, he regards it as a business, just asmuch as cars or any of his other endeavors.

    This is not a hobby with me, he said.If it didnt work financially, I might havefive or six head instead of 250. But it is agood business. Ive been in it since 1978,and I enjoy it very much.

    For over three decades, McCombs hasbeen a highly visible promoter of TexasLonghorns with profitable auction sales,ballroom galas, embryo transfertechnology and the syndication of a TexasLonghorn bull for a million dollars. The

    auction sales held at hisJohnson City ranch are rightlytitled fiestas as muchhomecoming and family picnicas they are venues that offertop-of-the-heap cattle.

    McCombs is a big believerin the Longhorn breeds well-known attributes ease ofcalving, disease resistance,ability to survive and prosperunder harsh conditions,longevity and the ability of theLonghorn cow to produce a calfevery year for many years. Hefeels these attributes are a

    genetic goldmine the livestock industryneeds to preserve and utilize.

    He acts upon these convictions, also.He once famously collected 250 Longhornyearling bulls, put them in feedlots inAmarillo and Roswell, NM and offeredthem at auction to be used to breed first-calf heifers.

    A visionary, an advocate and a pro-

    moter, McCombs has used his creative as-sets in a string of firsts that have broughta wealth of positive attention to the TexasLonghorn industry.

    He was the first to syndicate a bull fora million dollars.

    He was the first to syndicate a bull fora half million dollars.

    He was the first to use embryo transferas a means of improving his herd and itmade a dramatic change.

    The first Texas Longhorn black tieLegacy sale, held at the Westin GalleriaHotel in Houston, was conducted underthe McCombs banner.

    Ever the optimist, McCombs regardscurrent market conditions as an ideal timefor herd improvement. Given the cost offeed and hay, it makes sense to keep onlythe best.

    Its a good time to buy quality, hesaid, and weed out the lower end of theherd.

    For over three decades, McCombs has been a highly visiblepromoter of Texas Longhorns with profitable auction sales, ballroom galas, embryo transfer technology and the syndicationof a Texas Longhorn bull for a million dollars.

    Rand Baker, Elk City, OK and 1983-84 TLBAA Queen HollyAlden of California with Red McCombs.

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    A wise person once (or maybe morethan once) said: A journey of a thousandmiles begins with one step. On March 5,1995, when that first steer stepped out ofhis holding pen and onto Exchange Av-enue in the Historic Stockyards area ofFort Worth, it was a first step of a lot ofmiles to Miles City, Montana. The GreatAmerican Cattle Drive was underway.

    Before that first steer-step, however,Bud McCasland had already made a mil-lion steps, over a five-year period, arrang-ing the route for the steers to walk. Trafficcontrol through jurisdictions large andsmall. Pasture space each night sufficientfor 268 steers. Food for the riders and feedfor the horses. And port-a-potties to sat-isfy the EPA.

    McCasland was the featured speakerat the March, 2013 meeting of the FortWorth Stockyards Business Association. Itwas his dream to create and organize theGreat American Cattle Drive which suc-cessfully completed the 1600-mile trekacross parts of six states, capturing na-tionwide and international attention inthe process.

    We did it the old-fashioned way, herelated. We saddled up in the morning,and we were in the saddle six months. Weslept on the ground, ate out of the chuckwagon, gathered the cattle and moved tothe next camp. This went on day after dayafter day. We faced a lot of problems.Weather I heard one cowboy tell some-body, The first three months it rained onus a hundred days in a row.

    There were media reports from allover the world about the cattle drive newspapers, radio, TV, magazines, airlinepublications you name it. Some media

    guys got together and re-ported to me that the pro-motion the Fort WorthStockyards got out of thiswas approximately four tofive million dollars. Everytime a story was written, itwas always said we left theFort Worth Stockyards inMarch, 1995, arriving atMiles City, Montana LaborDay weekend.

    The Miles City newspa-per said the Miles City cattledrive event was close to per-fect. That town of 9,000 people, when wewent through there, swelled to close to30,000 people. The bankers reported that

    the local merchants made anadditional three to five mil-lion dollars in bank depositsin that little ol town.

    Back down the trail atOgallala, Nebraska, theychanged their U.S. Postal can-cellation that week to read,Great American Cattle Drive,Ogallala, Nebraska and ifyou go to Ogallala to this dayand send a post card, it saysGreat American Cattle Drive

    Dodge City, Kansas.Theres a world-fa-

    mous picture from Dodge City ofthe herd crossing Wyatt EarpBoulevard on its way out of town.That picture was used in Australia,Japan, Europe and everywhere else and right up front, old CarrotTop leading the herd, and right be-side him, Chocolate Chip. Theybelonged to these people rightover here Ed and Nan Creel.

    Out at the airport in DodgeCity, theres a monument aboutcattle drives, and it specificallytalks about the Great AmericanCattle Drive of 1995 and it givesall the names of the cowboys from Kansasthat were on the drive.

    On Monument Hill in Oklahoma,all the cowboys gathered in front of thatChisholm Trail monument and had theirpicture taken. One of the Oklahoma cow-boys was interviewed by a newspaper, andthe reporter said that the cattle drives in

    the old days, the cattle swam across theriver. You-all came across the bridge. Thecowboy said, Yep. They didnt have abridge back then.

    Anyway, the cattle drive wasnt easy.It was tough, you slept on the ground anddid all this hard work. The bottom line is,it all related back to the beginning pointin Texas. I think about the cattle drive andall the relationships to the Fort WorthStockyards and all the things we wentthrough. I think about the steers thatwalked that 1600 miles to Montana. Ithink about the steers here in the Stock-yards that make that drive on ExchangeStreet twice a day being one of the mostsuccessful city promotions ever and Im

    proud to think I had a little something todo with it.

    The Cowtown Coliseum now has aroom dedicated to a display of memora-bilia from the Great American CattleDrive. Six cowboys from each of the sixstates were selected to participate in thedrive; pictures of many of them are in-

    Riders of the Great American Cattle Drive meet with Business Group

    By Henry King

    McKnight and Coston with Dax, Bud and Carloyn McCaslandat the dedication.

    McKnight and Coston with Jean & T.M. Smith, Boyd, TX.

    TLBAA Chairman of the Board Todd McKnight, Nan & EdCreel, Trinidad, TX and TLBAAs Mike Coston.

  • cluded in the display. TLBAA membersprovided most of the 268 steers in thedrive, seven by Smitty Smith, Boyd,Texas, and a reported fifty steers from ElCoyote Ranch, Kingsville, TX. Carrot Top,one of the steers donated by Ed and NanCreel, Trinidad, TX, eventually became amember of the Fort Worth Herd.

    While Jean and Smitty Smith didntsaddle up for the trail drive, they went towhere the drive made its overnight stopsin Texas and several in Oklahoma, thenflew to Montana for the end-of-trail cele-bration in Miles City.

    Nan Creel, one of the few outridersto start and finish the drive, had a mem-orable but unpleasant interruption asthey were leaving the camp near Vici,Oklahoma. Her regular horse had throwna shoe and she was on a borrowed horsethat got spooked. The horse went thatway and I went this way, she said. andcracked my back in three places. Her in-jury required her hospitalization in Okla-homa City; she was there April 19, 1995,when the Murrah Federal Building wasbombed, killing 168. Because hospitalbeds were needed for the bombing vic-tims, Nan was transported to a hospital inDallas.

    I was out about six weeks, she said,in the hospital about two weeks, and inthe Tom Landry rehab four weeks. I re-joined the trail drive in Ogallala I re-member the welcome they gave us. Veryfriendly and exciting, and they madeeverybody feel so welcome.

    Ed and Nan Creel donated severalitems for the trail drive museum exhibit,including a saddle with the trail drives 95brand, a cowboys hat, and a set of jingle-bob spurs made on the drive.

    Much of the information for this reportwas extracted from a DVD recorded by J.L.Courtney, 1150 Greystone Avenue, OklahomaCity, OK 73120. He recorded the Oklahomasegment of the trail drive, plus interviews ofmany of the drives cowboys.

    Bud McCasland andPablo Renfro.

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    Bud McCasland talking to thecowboys at the camp on BruceSeidels Ranch halfway betweenSeiling and Vici, Oklahoma.

    Singer, songwriter,guitar player AnnieGolightly (r) was 63on the trail drive. Shepassed away in 2012.

    We did it the old-fashionedway. We saddled up in themorning, and we were inthe saddle six months. Weslept on the ground, ate outof the chuck wagon, gath-

    ered the cattle and moved tothe next camp.

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    Nancy DunnBirth Date & Place: September 19th / Monroeville, ALResidence: Eclectic, ALOccupation: Retired from USDA, employed now at Castaway Animal Clinic and as Executive Secretary for Alabama Horse CouncilFamily: Married to Hugh with two sons; Carter age 21, and Coleman age 19Organizations: Alabama High School Rodeo Assn., American Stock Horse Assn., Ala-bama Stock Horse Assn., Team Roping, Southeastern Winchester Futurity, SoutheasternTexas Longhorn Assn. (SETLA) Board MemberRanch Location: Eclectic, ALHow Long Raising Longhorns: Rolling D Ranch, raising longhorns for 25 yearsMember of TLBAA: 2008Elected to the Board: June 2011Reason For Serving on Board of Directors: Love of the Longhorn breed and the wonderful people associated with Long-horns is the reason for serving on the BOD.

    Larry SmithBirth Date and Place: November 7, 1945 / Bellville, TexasResidence: Spring, TexasOccupation: Professional Home InspectorFamily: Spouse- Glen/ Daughter: Teri & Rodney/ Son: Jason & Sara

    Grandchildren: 6 grandchildren - 3 boys/ 3 girlsBusiness/Volunteer Experience: Glenco Home Inspections-Professional Inspectors of RealEstate/Lifetime Member Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo/ Area Go Texan Committee:Aldine-Spring Klein Committee/1960 Chamber of Commerce/NASA LonghornProject/NASA Longhorn Development Board/Lifetime Member- Texas Longhorn Breeders Gulf Coast Association/ VolunteerMake A Wish Foundation/ Houston Board of Realtors/ Member of: 2nd Baptist Church, Houston, TexasRanch Location: Bivins, TexasHow Long Raising Longhorns: 14 YearsMember of TLBAA: 2000Elected to the Board: Elected 2011. Director of Region 11/ served on various committees/served as 2nd Vice Chairman Reason For Serving on Board of Directors: Interest in preserving the Longhorn breed, Promoting the Longhorn breed/ Inter-est in future of our breed-The TLBT/ Strengthening the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America/ Enjoy the Friendsand the Fellowship with the Association.REMARKS: Enjoy being involved & trying to make a difference.

  • Record Broken: $59,000 CowBuyers from nine states gathered on Satur-

    day, April 27, at the Red McCombs Ranch,Johnson City, Texas, for what may have beenone of the highlight sales in the Texas Long-

    horn breed for the last 20 years. An overflow crowd witnessed an ex-

    ceptional set of cattle bring an average of$3,661 with a breed record $59,000being paid for a John Stockton consign-ment, Days Feisty Fannie, selling to Rexand Vicki Mosser of Midway, Texas. Thecrowd gave the contending bidders,Mrs. Mosser and H.C. Carter, a stand-ing ovation as bidding passed the$50,000 mark. Cheers and excitementfilled the sale tent as Eddie Woodbrought the gavel down at $59,000.

    Red McCombs sold the high selling bull, Wide Tom TLB, to H.C.Carter of Dripping Springs, Texas for $10,500, and a Wide Tom year-ling topped the bull futurity selling for $5,500 to Wayne Talley ofJohnson City, Texas. The McCombs entry also won the Heifer Fu-turity selling to Lynn Struthoff of San Antonio for $3,000.

    The McCombsSale is noted foroutstanding cattle,and this year wasperhaps the bestever. The Heiferand Bull Futuri-ties drew specialattention. Anadded attractionof the sale each

    year is the Red Mc-Combs party, held on Fridayevening, attended by a cross-sec-tion of both cattle people andTexas luminaries. Good times and great cattle are a hallmark of a trip to RedMcCombs Ranch for the annual Texas Longhorn Sale.

    Yippee, I got her. Vicki Mosser, Midway, TX.

    John & Helen Stockton, Houston, TX, consignors ofhigh selling lot; buyer Vicki Mosser, Midway, TX; Col.Eddie & Jouyce Wood, Wynnewood, OK; hosts Char-

    line & Red McCombs, Johnson City, TX.

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    The Red McCombs Fiesta Sale & Futu-rity held April 27 at the McCombs Ranchin Johnson City, Texas, drew a number ofmedia representatives. This could be attrib-uted to the fact that lifetime TLBAA mem-ber Red McCombs and his wife, Charline,are national figures in the business, sports,and philanthropic worlds, and also to thefact that a Texas Longhorn sale of this mag-nitude is exciting even to Texans.

    The press certainly got its moneysworth when Vicki Mosser of Midway, Texas

    and H.C. Carter of Dripping Springs, Texaswent head to head, bidding on Days FeistyFannie consigned by John Stockton ofHouston, Texas. Mosser was the ultimatevictor at $59,000, and her buy made head-lines in both the New York Times newspa-per and the Texas Monthly magazine. Facedwith a 24-hour deadline, Times reporterJim Yardley reacted quickly to make theMonday, April 29 edition. The positive ar-ticle featured an outstanding sale ring shotof Feisty Fannie (see the Trails cover), and a

    photo of Lana Hightower of Van, Texaswith her Longhorn boots. Texas Monthlyreporter John Spong had more time to de-velop his article for the June issue, thus gen-erating a more creative outlook on the sale.

    These two publications have a com-bined readership of 5 million, so the pub-licity for the Texas Longhorn breed wasfantastic. Hopefully, it will result in newTexas Longhorn breeders across the coun-try.

    McCombs Sale Results In Breed Publicity

    A Moment in TLBAA HistoryA look back at significant moments inTLBAA Longhorn History. This monthfeatures what was then billed as thehighest selling cow in modern history.All information is as it appeared in theJune 2002 issue of Trails Magazine.

  • 36 Texas Longhorn Trails

    The importance of cattle identificationCattle identification is essential to managing cattle for both

    registered and commercial breeders during todays turbulenttimes. Though each registered animal has several identificationsincluding private herd number, name, and registration number,it can be challenging to keep up

    with seemingly ran-dom numbers.

    As Texas Long-horn breeders, weare fortunate toraise a breed ofcattle where each

    an-imal has its own

    unique look. Some of our cattlecan even be recognized from a hun-dred yards away by their color mark-ings alone. Often this leads manybreeders to identify their cattle justby their name.

    While name alone works for those around the cattledaily, it can be a bit challenging for others to browse through theherd. While showing your herd, have you found prospective buy-ers saying pointing to a cow and saying that cow over thereno the white lineback no the third from the - wait the onethat is walking away from us?

    A new take on an old way of cattle identificationThere is a better way to identify your cattle using a method

    commonly used by beef and dairy cattle ranchers for years - theplastic ear tag. These tags are usually 34 wide by 34 tall andapplied using a ear tag applicator tool when cattle are in asqueeze chute.

    For years, ranchers have purchased plastic ear tags from a locallivestock supply store. These tags were either pre-printed with alimited range of numbers or were left blank for a rancher to writethe number using a special marking pen. While using blank tags

    and marking pens offer completeflexibility in numbering cattle, inkfades over time and makes it hard toread tags in the pasture. The pre-printed tags at the local supply stores are laser-engraved for long-term readability but are limited to a small amount of numbersand colors.

    In recent years, ear tag manufacturers are now offering cus-tom ear tag printing. Custom ear tags give breeders the opportu-nity to have tags printed with their own management numbersand text. Some layouts include additional lines of text such asranch name, phone number, website, and even animal name. Toadd a professional look and additional marketing boost, breed-ers can also have their ranch logo or brand printed on the tags.

    A solution for all herds, large andsmall

    While custom ear tags may sound ex-pensive or only for large operations, thereality is there are no minimum quanti-ties required and the tags are pricedaround the same price as the pre-printedtags at the local livestock supply store. Toavoid a trip to town to order tags and an-other trip to pick them up, many ranchersorder custom ear tags online through a re-seller.

    Texas Longhorn Breeder Dustin Diviniaof Liberty Longhorn Ranch chose to use custom cattle ear tags inhis herd. Divinia chose to print the animals name on his tags,saying that Having the name right there in the ear helps remindme which is which when showing them to clients or workingthem through the chute. In addition to management, Diviniaalso uses ear tags for marketing, saying a professional lookingtag with our logo on it helps build our reputation.

    Though several ear tag manufacturers offer custom printedear tags, you may not have seen them in your local livestock sup-ply store since they are not a stock item.

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  • Charles Armand Schreiner, born inRiguewihr, France February 22, 1838, immi-grated to Texas with his parents, Gustava A.and Charlotte Bippert Schreiner, in 1852.

    Gustava Schreiner had a small sum ofmoney with which to embark in business, butwas soon confined to his bed by sickness anddied at San Antonio in October of 1852. Hiswidow died four years later.

    Their five children survived: Gustava A.Schreiner Jr., 24; Frederick, Emily, Aime andCharles.

    Frederick became a merchant in SanAntonio. Emilie married Caspar Real, a pros-perous cattle and sheep raiser in Kerr County.Aime died in Edwards County in 1862,unmarried; and Charles became a leadingmerchant and financier.

    Charles Schreiner was educated in privateschools in France and San Antonio. In 1854at 17, he joined the Texas Rangers on the fron-tier and remained with the battalion until1857. After the death of his mother, heengaged in raising cattle in the vicinity ofTurtle Creek in Kerr County.

    In 1858, with the help of Caspar Real, hisbrother-in-law, Schreiner bought a small storeat Camp Verde, a military post south ofKerrville that became famous for an experi-ment to use camels in the Southwest.

    On October 1, 1861, Charles ArmandSchreiner married Mary Magdalene LenaEnderle. They had eight children: Charles Jr.,A.C., Walter, Gus, Louis, Caroline, Francesand Emilie.

    When the Civil War started, Schreinerenlisted as a volunteer in Captain S.G.Newtons company at San Antonio andserved until the surrender, participating in thebattles of Jenkins Ferry, and many other bat-tles.

    After serving the Confederacy for threeand a half years, Schreiner returned to hisranch and family on Turtle Creek to facepoverty and hardships.

    In 1869, the Schreiners moved toKerrville. Charles went into the general mer-chandising business with financial backingfrom August Faltin of Comfort. He boughtFaltins interest in 1879.

    During this period, Schreiner was alsoelected county and district clerk and from1868 to 1898 he was county treasurer. He waselected captain of a home guard unit organ-ized in 1875 to deal with Indian raids in theHill Country region. The captain titleremained with him for the rest of his life.

    The Charles Schreiner Company, of whichSchreiner was founder and president, extend-ed its activities to include banking, ranching,and marketing of wool and mohair, accordingto the Texas State Historical Association.

    By 1900 the Charles Schreiner Companyowned more than 500,000 acres of landextending continuously from Kerrville toMenard. The Y.O. Ranch, purchased in 1880,became headquarters for the Schreiner CattleCompany, and the Live Oak Ranch, formedportions of the Y.O. was headquarters for thesheep operations.

    When the banking business became solarge, it was separated from the store in 1893and established as the Charles SchreinerBank. He was a big promoter of the sheepindustry and required cattlemen who bor-rowed money from the bank to use part of theloan for raising sheep. When his philanthrop-ic contributions exceeded a million dollars,he established Schreiner Institute.

    Although many of the Schreiner familygrew to prominence, Charles CharlieSchreiner III was the one who carried forththe Y.O. Ranch operation into the 21st centu-ry, Irene Van Winkle wrote in a recent issue ofWest Kerr Current, a newspaper published inIngram.

    Charlie III was the son of Walter Richardand Myrtle Barton Schreiner. When Walterdied early, Myrtle sent Charlie to boardingschool.

    Charlie Schreiner III married Audrey LeePhillips February 19, 1949. They had foursons: Charles IV, Walter, Gus and Louis II.

    Charlie III took control of the Y.O. Ranchduring the drought of the 1950s. He wasforced to sell the cattle because he couldntfeed them. He started diversifying the ranchand catered to hunters by raising exotic game.He founded the Texas Exotic WildlifeAssociation and the Texas Longhorn BreedersAssociation.

    Charlie Schreiner III was 74 when he diedApril 22, 2001 of congestive heart failure. Hewas buried on the Y.O. Ranch. His 41-year-oldson, Louis Schreiner II, died nine days earlier.

    NEWS On the Trail...Schreiners defined prosperity

    By Jerry Lackey, San Angelo Standard-Times / Homestead column Sunday / April 14, 2013

    Submitted by Sandra Nordhausen Photo by Reporter Mike Brown

    The Rockdale Reporter featured six-year-old Cooper D.Taylor of Thorndale, TX, junior champion showmanshipwinner in both the Friday and Sunday shows during the

    STLA Spring Show. Pictured with TC RegardingBenjamin who won Grand Champion Steer. The 72 TTT

    steer is owned by Sandi Nordhausen of Trinity CreeksFarm near Thorndale, TX.Cooper is Sandis grandson.

    The Marks FamilyFamily founded successful LH7 Ranch

    by Carrie Thornton April 25, 2013Community Impact Newspaper

    In 1898, Emil Henry Marks registeredthe LH7 brand in Harris County to beginbreeding cattle on his 63-acre ranch inAddicks. In its peak, the ranch housed morethan 6,000 cattle on 36,000 acres. It spannedwhat is now the Addicks and Barker reser-voirs.

    Emils grandparents were Prussian immi-grants who arrived in Galveston in 1843, andthey were charged with caring for Emil whenhe was 10 years old after his parents died. Theburden of caring for four children over-whelmed Emils grandparents, and he wassoon sent to live with an aunt and uncle inPattison where he worked as a ranch handthe beginning of his cattlemans career.

    He officially founded the ranch in 1907,the same year he married Maud May Smith.Ten years later, the couple relocated the ranchcloser to Barker and began staging small rid-ing and roping contests to entertain neigh-boring ranchers who helped him brand hiscattle. The small events eventually gatheredsteam and transformed into an annual ranchrodeo that attracted thousands fromHouston for 30 years.

    Emil became one of the first Gulf Coastcattleman to cross Indian-imported Brahmanbulls with the longhorn cattle, which provedwell-suited to the intense Gulf Coast climate.The LH7 ranch became an important suppli-er of quality Brahman breeding for ranchesacross the South.

    Because he was passionate about preserv-ing the Texas longhorn, which grew endan-gered in the early 1900s, Emil began hand-picking a herd of 500 to maintain, and isconsidered one of the seven families of long-horn cattle by the Texas Longhorn BreedersAssociation of America.

    Emil and Mauds daughters, MaudeenMartha and Atha, who both died in 2009,was known in the community for sharingtheir fathers passions. Both were involved inthe Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo andbecame a lifetime member of the TexasLonghorn Breeders Association, and Athawas an active member of New HopePresbyterian Church in Katy.

    Emil kept the ranch until his death in1969. Maudeen and her brother, Travis, splitthe heard and ranching operations. Maudeensettled her portion in Bandera in 1982 whereit still exists as both a ranch and vacationresort.

    Sources: Texas State Historical Association,The LH7 Ranch: In Houstons Shadow byDeborah Lightfoot Sizemore

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  • Name of TLBAA Member ___________________________Phone _______________ TLBAA# __________

    Name of Animal: __________________________________________ Registration # __________________ Heifer __ Cow __ Pair (No Bulls Accepted) OCV Vaccinated Yes ___ No ___

    __ Picture of Animal __ Optional Measuring (please specify TTT or TH) __ ITLA & CTLR Dual Reg. Fee $5 Consignment Fees: $350 per head (Commission: Participating: 5%; Non-Participating: 10%): _____________

    ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS: Must have completed transfer application, original TLBAA certificate or dual registration certificates,completed consignment form and quality photo in TLBAA office by JULY 17, 2013.

    Consignment fees will not be refunded on animals pulled from the sale. The committee will select the top animals.$1000 FLOOR ALL consignment fees must be paid at deadline to make it in the catalog- NO EXCEPTIONS!


    Cow Exposed To ________________________________ From __________ To____________

    Cow Exposed To ________________________________ From __________ To____________

    Calf at Side Information: Sex ________________ Date Calved____________

    Sired by______________________________________________




    ________________________________________________________________________________________These comments will be read at sale. Any changes for pedigree reader must be submitted in writing to management no later than 24 hours before sale start.

    WAIVER/CONSENT FORM(This form must be signed and returned in order to complete your consignment)

    The Horn Showcase Sale (HSS) assumes no responsibility for any guarantee made by the consignor. All guarantees are strictly between theconsignor (seller) and the buyer. HSS is not responsible for the health or safety of any animal consigned to the sale. This includes loss of life, lossby theft or other perils. All consignors must comply with the rules and regulations. The undersigned hereby agrees to conditions of the sale andagrees that all guarantees are between seller and buyer.

    The undersigned further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless HSS, sale employees and duly authorized representatives from any and allclaims, demands, causes of action or liabilities of any nature which may arise from or in any way relate to the Horn Showcase Sale. The under-signed agrees that if the buyer is unable to accept delivery because of Interstate health requirements, the consignor, not HSS or its management,shall be responsible for refund or adjustment.

    _______________________________________________ ____________________________


    MANAGED BY THE TEXAS LONGHORN BREEDERS ASSOCIAT ION OF AMERICA SALES MANAGEMENT D IV IS IONP.O. B ox 4 4 3 0 Fo r t Wo r t h , TX 7 6 1 6 4 ( 8 1 7 ) 6 2 5 - 6 2 4 1

    Scotty OBryan - ext 104 [email protected] Sale Chair: Dawn Divinia [email protected]

    October 12, 2013 Fort Worth, TXSponsored by the Texas Longhorn Breeders

    Association of America

    Bulls Name

    Bulls Name

    $1000 FLOOR


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    FOR MORE INFORMATION: TEXAS LONGHORN BREEDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA | P.O. Box 4430 | Fort Worth, TX 76164HSC Chairman: David Roberts - 573/406-9868 Sale Chairman: Dawn Divinia - 972/890-8891

    Scotty OBryan - 817/625-6241 or [email protected]

    Exhibitors Name_______________________________________________________ Phone ______________________

    Exhibitors TLBAA# __________________________ Animals Registration No. # _______________________________

    Animals Name ___________________________________________________________________________________$100 - TIP TOTIP $100 - TOTAL HORN $275 - COMPOSITE HORN (includes TH & TTT & Base measuring)$175 - BULL ALLEY* $50 - BRED & OWNED DIVISION $100 - MINIATURE LONGHORN DIVISION*Bull Alley comes with an OPTIONAL TTT or TH Entry Bull Alley- Regular Semen Price _______ HSC Semen Special Price _______

    $100 - TWISTY HORN (Measuring along horn lines wrapping around horn)(Required to submit photos)$100 - NON-HALTER DIVISION SHOW (If entered in TTT and TH, then entry fee is $75)$5 - ITLA & CTLR DUAL REGISTRATION FEE (Receives 3 month promotional TLBAA Membership that includes Dec., Jan. & Feb. Trails magazines)

    FORM OF PAYMENT: CASH CHECK CREDIT CARD Credit Card # _____________________________VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER Exp. Date ______________ CID # _______

    SATELLITE LOCATION__________________________________________Be watching for Horn Showcase updates on E-Trails and E-Blasts! To sign up write email here __________________________________________


    For consignment & sponsorship check out www.tlbaa.org

    SATELLITE MEASURINGSOct. 4, 2013 - SS Backwards Longhorns - Medora, IL - Contact: Scott & Dara Simmons - (618) 729-2004 [email protected] 5, 2013 - Turnersburg, NC - Contact: Carl Brantley - 336-667-5452 - [email protected] Oct. 5, 2013 - CR Ranches, Harper, OR - Contact: Alexandra Dees and Eric Youngberg - 541-358-8787 - [email protected] Oct. 5, 2013 - Westville, FL - Contact: Terry & Tammy King - 850-956-4154 - [email protected] Oct. 5, 2013 - Nel-Tam Longhorns, Richland, PA - Contact: Nelson & Tammy Hearn - 484-638-0228 [email protected] Oct. 5, 2013 - El Coyote Ranch, Kingsville, TX - Contact: Felix Serna or Della Serna - 361-522-0807 or 361-296-4275 -Felix e-mail: [email protected] Della e-mail: [email protected] Oct. 5, 2013 - Stotts Hideaway Ranch - Midway, TX - Contact: Doug & Sandy Stotts - 713-598-2220Oct. 5, 2013 - Lazy J Longhorns, Greenleaf, KS - Contact: Joe & Stephanie Sedlacek - 785-747-2204 [email protected] 5, 2013 - Red McCombs Ranch, Red & Charline McCombs, Johnson City, TX - Contact: Alan & Teresa Sparger - 210-445-8798 - [email protected] 5, 2013 - Hudson Longhorns, Bill & Elizabeth Hudson - Corydon, IN - Contact: Mike Willinger - 502-379-1049 [email protected] 5, 2013 - Widespread Ranch, Lowell, MI - Contact: Tom Smith - 616-293-0977 - [email protected] 5, 2013 - Deer Creek Longhorns, Frank & Michelle Hevrdejs, Brenham, TX - Contact: Bruce Hazelwood - 979-277-8016 - [email protected] 5, 2013 - Hunt Longhorns, Saint George, UT - Contact: Doug & Dianne Hunt - 435-275-2112 [email protected] 5, 2013 - Killdeer, ND - Contact: Chad Smith - 701-590-9073 - [email protected] 5, 2013 - Caballo Bravo Longhorns, Sanger, CA - Warren & Cathy Dorathy - 630-240-5829 or [email protected] 6, 2013 - Loomis Longhorns - Marietta, OK - Contact: Bob & Pam Loomis - 580-276-7498 - [email protected] Oct. 9, 2013 - Fort Worth Herd, Fort Worth, TX - Come see us measure the herd to kick off the weekend in the Stockyards!

    EVERYONE WELCOME! TLBAA, ITLA & CTLR with dual registration

  • The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Famehosted its annual Exceptional Rodeo inthe historic Cowtown Coliseum in FortWorth, TX. Thisrodeo gave the chil-dren and youngadults of the Arc ofGreater TarrantCounty a real grandrodeo experience.This event pairedphysically and men-tally challenged chil-dren and youngadults with TRCHFcurrent and past in-

    ductees, professional cowboys and cow-girls and volunteers to help assist in funand non competitive rodeo activities. We

    would like to thankMike, Kim and Tan-ner Hudson of De-catur, Texas forallowing us to be apart of their Long-horn display. Weenjoyed takingphotos of the chil-dren and being apart of this excep-tional experience.

    Hired HandSoftwares Molly Clubb andJaymie Feldmann recently hostedthe second annual Huddle in FortWorth, Texas.Participants were able to learn about

    Hired Hand websites, search engine opti-mization, on-line marketing, social mediaoptions and more through a series ofgame show themed presentations. Breed-ers competed in the various game showsand those who won walked away withprizes donated by various businesses and

    organizations. Cindy Burnett, Stars OverTexas Ranch, and first time attendee wona Breeders Guide ad in the Trailsmagazinedonated by the Texas Longhorn BreedersAssociation of America. If your group ororganization is interested in bringing aHired Hand training session to your nextsale, show or event please contact Mollyat 319-269-8903 or [email protected]

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    Hired Hand Huddle Educating Longhorn Breeders

    Cindy Burnett,Stars Over TexasRanch was thewinner of theTexas LonghornTrails BreedersGuide ad do-nated by theTrails magazine.

    Submitted by Molly Clubb

    While in the area, Hired Hand's Jaymie Feld-mann and Molly Clubb stopped by the TLBAAoffices for a visit. They're shown here withScotty O'Bryan.

    Kaci Dick of KC 3 Longhorns is locatedin Pawhuska, OK. Longhorn breeder since2010, she is featured in this monthsBreeder Spotlight.

    1. How did you get started in the TexasLonghorn business?I got my first Longhorn at the age of 3.

    My parents bought her for my birthday. Sheshortly died due to natural causes. Growingup, I always had Angus until I was about 13.I had to find a bull for the few commercialLonghorns I had. The only bulls I could findwere registered. Thanks to Mike Bowman, Iwas able to purchase my bull and start myprogram.

    2. What are a few highlights of your pro-gram?RJF Cowboy Max is my Maxamillion son

    that is quickly becoming my herd sire. Hewas 61.623 TTT and 78.25TH at the 2012Horn Showcase. Placing 3rd in TH behindCV Cowboy Casanova and Hunts Dash forCash. I also have 2 daughters and a son ofD/O Sundance that I am happy to have inmy breeding program.

    3. Where is your Texas Longhorn programheaded?Hopefully uphill. I believe that "Cowboy"

    will take my herd to the next level.


    Kim & Tanner Hudson with Babys Oreo Blizard en-tertaining the kids.

    Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fames 2nd Annual Exceptional Rodeo

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    AFFILIATES Send Us Your News! Is your Longhorn Affiliate celebrating a big event, hosting a show,a sale or just having a monthly meeting? If so, spread the news to the entire TLBAA by submitting your information to the

    Trails each month. Dont forget to send photos, if you have them. Simply email your information to the Trails, LauraStandley at [email protected] or call her at (817) 625-6241. We want to hear from you to help spread the news about your

    local Texas Longhorn activities.

    TEXAS LONGHORN BREEDERS GULF COAST ASSOCIATION Rick Friedrich, President (713) 305-0259Our annual meeting is coming up in June. At the time of this printing, the details have not been worked out. Please refer to the web-

    site for up-to-date information. New information will be posted on the home page as soon as it is available - www.tlbgca.com.We wanted to thank all of our supporters for a great Spring Show!! Especially, all of the countless volunteers who helped out behind

    the scenes!!! We appreciate all that you have done. Early estimates are that we had over 360 entries total!!! More information and pic-tures will be included in the July Trails. A huge thanks to all who bid and won items on our Silent Auction. The auction made a record$1,102.

    We want to extend a special thanks to all of our sponsors including: Belt Buckle Sponsors: Steve & Rene Azinger - Lazy A Ranch; JasonCarter - Carter Ranch; Rick & Tracey Friedrich - River Ranch Longhorns; Robert King, Jr. - Trails End Ranch; Ron & Charlotte Hamilton -Bear Boot Ranch; Frank Hevrdejs - Deer Creek Longhorns; Rex & Nora Mosser - Mosser Longhorns; Dr. Lou Shields - Legacy sSs Ranch;John Stockton - Stockton Ranches; Suzanne & William Torkildsen - Bull Creek Ranch; Ty Wehring - J.T. Wehring Family Ranch; MarionWoolie - Wild Wing Ranch; Austin & Susan Young - Cat Spring Ranch; Red McCombs - Red McCombs Longhorns

    Grand Champion Sponsor: Kris & Steve Peterek - Lightning Longhorns Reserve Champion Sponsor: John Marshall - Blue Ridge RanchClass Sponsors: Brunson Family - Brunson Ranch; Lydia & Brendon Ford - Photos By LydiaFriday Night Dinner Sponsor: Kris & Steve Peterek - Lightning Longhorns Saturday Night Dinner Sponsor: Dr. Lou Shields - Legacy sSs RanchSilent Auction Item Donors: Susan & Austin Young - Cat Spring Ranch, Doug & Sandy Stotts - Stotts Hideaway Ranch, Rick & Tracey

    Friedrich - River Ranch Longhorns, Kris & Steve Peterek - Lightning Longhorns, Dr. Lou Shields - Legacy sSs Ranch, Ron & CharlotteHamilton - Bear Boot Ranch, Jacqui Davie - Lincoln Financial's Agribusiness Services

    2013 Calf Donation Sponsors and Recipients: Rex & Nora Mosser, Mosser Longhorns Jacob DunawayGeorge & Peggy Wilhite, Texas W Ranches Hayden Hughes Dr. Lou Shields, Legacy sSs Ranch Brandon LewisKris & Steve Peterek, Lightning Longhorns Mason Friar Robert King, Jr., Trails End Ranch Cooper TaylorWarren & Deborah Birge, Birge Farms Jennifer Mask Greg & Sandy Jameson, Jameson's Texas Longhorn Cattle Co. Kailee VuskovBob Dube, BD Longhorns Caelan Cour-Palais Bob Dube, BD Longhorns Johnna WilliamsCharlotte & Ron Hamilton, Bear Boot Ranch Cody McDonald Sheryl Hall, Windy Hill Longhorns Jorge AvalosWe would also like to thank the following volunteers for their help with the show. Without them none of this is possible. Ron

    Hamilton - Announcer; Charlotte Hamilton - making the programs; Sherly Hall - Photgrapher; Kim Vinson - keeping track of points forthe kids; Stephen Head - calf donation coordinator and make-ready; Jacob Faske - make-ready; Hannah & Tabitha Faske - starting the showwith their riding steers and holding flags; Joshua Faske & Shelby Johnston - singing the National Anthem; Suzanne Faske, Jason Christa,Doug Muenchow, Jacob Faske, Samuel Faske, Haley Horne, Joseph Faske - working the gates behind the scenes for non-haltered show;Joshua & Hannah Faske - ring stewards on horseback for non-haltered show; Samuel Faske, Sarah Faske, Julia Faske - ring stewards; LizBlair - caterer set-up coordination; Lou Shields - judges cards, program write-ins /corrections and check-in; Kris Peterek - organizing silentauction and helping with check-in. A special thanks goes out to Doug and Sandy Stotts, Stotts Hideaway Ranch and Halo BrandedSolutions for all their help in getting prizes. A special thank you to Show Chair, Susan Young for all the countless tasks she has done allthese months leading up to the show!!!

    As you can see it takes a team of people to put on a show. If we have missed someone, it was not done intentionally!! We appreciateall of the hard work everyone has done for the show. We thank everyone for their patience. We have already begun the process to makean ever better show for next year. Thank you to everyone who participated, and we hope to see you back next year at Washington CountyFairgrounds in Brenham - April 11-13, 2014.

    TEXAS LONGHORN BREEDERS OF NEW MEXICO Jerry Stevens, President (575) 649-0987Most of New Mexico is still looking for the spring rains to get our pastures started; however, our Longhorns seem to find some-

    thing out there to eat and no fires so far. We are working on the New Mexico State Fair to be held in September, but no informa-tion as of yet on classes or the exact date. Please stay tuned.

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    How often do you refer to back issues of Trails Magazine? Often Occasionally Never

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