BUYERS SUPPORT EDUCATION WITH WORLD RECORD BIDS AT THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ JUNIOR MARKET STEER AUCTION
Texas 4-H and FFA students get an opportunity of a lifetime with record breaking bids at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Steer Auction on Saturday, March 16, at the NRG Arena Sales Pavilion.
JUNIOR MARKET STEER GRAND CHAMPION
J Alan Kent Development – Julie and Alan Kent, McCarthy Building Companies, Schaefer Ranchwear/Emily and Robert Clay, and Kristina and Paul Somerville broke the world record with their $625,000 bid for the Junior Market Steer Grand Champion.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo auctions are focused on supporting education and helping the students in their future endeavors.
“We are committed to our mission,” Paul Somerville said.
His wife, Kristina Somerville, expanded on that mission and said that because the students show perseverance and dedication throughout the Rodeo, they deserve to be rewarded.
“The one thing that no one can take away from any of these students is their education. What we are here to do is help them get that education. I think everyone deserves a chance,” Kristina said.
JUNIOR MARKET STEER RESERVE CHAMPION
The Champagne Cowgirls also broke a world record with their $367,000 bid for Ethan Drager’s steer “Ranger.” Drager was crowned the Junior Market Steer Reserve Champion at the selection on Friday, March 15.
Ellie Francisco, a buyer for the Champagne Cowgirls, said they received letters from past exhibitors who say they would not be able to attend college or further their education without the support of buyers at the auction.
“That is what means so much to us. We are all about helping these kids because they are our future,” Francisco said.
JUNIOR MARKET STEERS
- Exhibitor: Lillyan Digby, 18
- Hometown: Hermleigh, Texas
- Club/Chapter: Scurry County 4-H
- Price: $625,000 (world record)
- Buyers: J Alan Kent Development – Julie and Alan Kent, McCarthy Building Companies, Schaefer Ranchwear/Emily and Robert Clay, and Kristina and Paul Somerville
Cap: $85,000 | Guaranteed Payment: $75,000
2018 Price: $410,000 | World Record: $625,000 (2019)
- Exhibitor: Ethan Drager, 15
- Hometown: Bridgeport, Texas
- Club/Chapter: Wise County 4-H
- Price: $367,000 (world record)
- Buyers: Champagne Cowgirls
Cap: $45,000 | Guaranteed Payment: $40,000
2018 Price: $366,000 | World Record: $367,000 (2019)