Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 22, 2013

"Hoss" tops the HCLS steers

Brownsboro FFA youth wins Grand Championship in first try

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Taylor Davis of the Brownsboro FFA and his steer, “Hoss”  were an eye-catching pair at the Henderson County Livestock show and came away with the Grand Championship.

  The 1,255 pound entry, who almost matched Davis’s orange plaid shirt, was judged best of the 50 steers in the show. Davis took first place in Class III which also produced the Reserve Grand Champion, Grant Hirsch of Horizon 4H.

 “I was a little bit nervous at first, but we worked through it,” Davis said. “It  came out in my favor.”

  The Friday night show was Davis’ first time in the big Friday night event.

  “I’ve shown pigs the last three or four years and game birds, but this is my first time for a steer,” Davis said.

  Judge for the event was Gary Clayton, AgriLIfe Extension Agent for Wise County. He had high praise for the winner.

  “The steer out of Class III has a really long neck,” Clayton said. “ He’s a nice steer, a big bodied and big muscled steer for his frame size.”

  Henderson County AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch said Davis was impressive in his first outing at the steer show.

 “Taylor did a super job,” Hirsch said. “It was a good show and a tough show.”

  Class I, the lightweight, was won by a 1,044 pound steer shown by Chad Tindel of Eustace FFA. Class II was taken by Claire  Teague of Mabank FFA. The winner in Class IIII was last year’s grand champion Breck Alexander of Cayuga FFA.