Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 14, 2013

Livestock shows in his blood

Eustace FFA Senior Dillon Gragsone to display brahman heifer at HCLS

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Dillon Gragsone is no stranger to livestock shows. The Eustace High School senior has travelled to most major shows around Texas. Livestock shows are in his blood. 

Gragsone is one of the area high school students who will take part in the  Henderson County Livestock Show. He will show his brahman heifer.

Gragsone was among the winners  in the Calf Scramble event during the evening performance of the rodeo at the 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Future Farmers of America Advisor Teresa Tindel gave a list containing Gragsone’s experience.

“Dillon is the President this year of his FFA chapter,” she said. “He also excels in athletics, track and field, Spanish club, and is in the top 15 percent of his graduating class.” 

She said he coordinated the Eustace High School Carter Blood Drive this year.

“He was able to get 74 units of blood,” Tindel said.

Gragsone was part of the team at the 2012 Henderson County Livestock Show to win in the Ag Division with a trailer the team built. He will not only be showing his brahman heifer, he also plans on entering a trailer he built himself in this year’s competition.

Dillon said he hopes to get Reserve Champion, if not Grand Champion, at the Henderson County Livestock Show. He also wants to travel to the national livestock competition this summer.

“He has already been offered a scholarship to Blinn Junior College for welding, if he chooses to attend Blinn,” Tindel said.

Gragsone, who has spent his four years of high school in FFA, said he plans on attending Trinity Valley Community College to get his basics out of the way.

“I think I want to attend Tartleton University. I would like to be an Ag teacher,” he said.

Dillon has spent 12 years at Eustace Independent School District. This will be his last livestock show as a Eustace student, and member of the FFA. 

Next year, he will be there in spirit through his sister.

“She has seen how much fun I have had, and wanted to become a part of it,” Dillon said. 

Breanna Fuller, his sister, is Vice President of their FFA chapter, and is scheduled to be President next year.

Dillon is the son of Doris Fuller and Crit Stamps. He has the one sister, Breanna, and one brother, Jarrod Stamps.