The International Brangus® Show held in Houston, Texas was historic this year, as champions were named for both the black and red divisions in one show on March 3rd. The quality was impressive and the eight plus hour competition showed the strength of the breed. Overall between the two divisions there were 166 entries from Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi,Tennessee, Kansas and Oklahoma paraded before Brant Poe, judge.
In addition to the champions, the herdsman for both divisions were named. Myron Saathoff, JLS International, Devine, Texas and Robertsdale, Alabama and Jose Ramirez, Cox Excalibur, Weimar, Texas received the Herdsmen of the Year Award for black and red Brangus, respectively, during the show. This honor is given annually and this year's recipients were determined on a point scale. This marked the first time awards were given for both black and red.
In the Black show, Sankey's Caliente 108R, a daughter of Sankey's Revolution 860k claimed the yearling championship on the way to the overall title. She is owned by Katy White, Clarendon, Texas. DDD Ms Miracle 804R6, owned by Kody Lucherk, McCoy, Texas was named the Reserve Grand Champion of the show. She is a daughter of Brinks Brightside 607L11.
In the Black bull show, Mr. JLS Automatic 851R6, sired by JLS Odyssey was selected as the Grand Champion bull for owners JLS International and Don Thomas and Son, Madison, Missouri. The Reserve Grand Champion bull honor went to Sankey's Rock Star of EF owned by Sankey's 6N Ranch, Council Grove, Kansas, Eaton Farms, Buckeye, Arizona,D Bar D Branugs, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Diamond K Investments, LaPorte, Texas.
In the Red show, Ms Brinks Excalibur 360S5, a daughter of Cox Excalibur 19M won the calf division and went on to win the Grand Champion Female title, for Camp Cooley Ranch, Franklin, Texas. R2R Vivien 65S2, owned by Katy Knox, LaPorte, Texas was the Reserve Calf and Reserve Grand Female.
Lazy 3 Statesman 100, also a son of Cox Excalibur 19M was the Junior Bull Calf and Grand Champion Red Bull. He is owned by Broken A Ranch, Madisonville, Texas; Lazy 3 Cattle, Franklin, Texas. Goode/Vache Investments, Dallas, Texas and Cox Excalibur, Katy, Texas. Cox Excalibur also saw their entry of CS Sensation Legend 46/P2 take the Reserve Grand Champion and Senior Champion honor for the red divisions.
For a breakdown of all champions and all class placings, Brangus enthusiasts can click on www.rodeohouston.com and click on results for information.