Generous Buyers Show their Support for Texas Youth and Education at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Junior Market Steer Auction
After showing their projects during the 2021 Junior Livestock Show in March, exhibitors were excited for this year’s Junior Market Steer Auction. Rodeo buyers continued to show their generosity and their support of Texas youth and education during the private event, held May 22 at NRG Center.
The 2021 Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, exhibited by William Wall of Idalou, Texas, was purchased by the Champagne Cowgirls for $400,000.
“We believe in these kids, we believe in the FFA program and in education in the state of Texas,” said Champagne Cowgirl Ellie Francisco. “This past year has proven the resiliency of these young men and women so they can reach their goals, and we really wanted to support them.”
10-year-old Jett James, from Prosper, Texas, exhibited the 2021 Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Steer. Lisa Blackwood, Robert Clay, Julie and Alan Kent, and Kristina and Paul Somerville purchased this year’s Reserve Grand Champion for $215,000.
“We love this, and we try to do it every year,” said Robert Clay.
“This is what we’re here for, everybody in this audience, to help the youth of Texas,” said Alan Kent.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.