The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) held its National Show on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the 111th Annual Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in historic Ft. Worth, Texas. The event drew Red Angus breeders from across the country and cattle enthusiasts from throughout the Southwest. Over 200 entries competed throughout the day long competition, including members of the National Junior Red Angus Association (JRA). Allowing only youth from 21 years old and younger, the National Junior Red Angus Show, held early in the morning prior to the National Open Show, gave juniors the opportunity to show their animals in a competition amongst themselves.
The Junior Grand Champion Female was owned and exhibited by Ryan Shuey or Corning, Iowa. SLGN Duettes Summertime 672S (1112469) is a March 6, 2006 bred heifer sired by Glacier Chateau 744 and out of PIE Sams Duette 4027. Kenzie Schultz of New Baden, Texas owned and exhibited SLGN Peekaboo's Tedi 738T (1157441) and won the Reserve Junior Grand Champion Female. She is a February 7, 2007 open yearling heifer sired by SLGN Regulator 503R and out of Meado-West Peek-A-Boo.
There is also a separate division within the Junior Show called Junior Showmanship; it's designed to test the skills of the exhibitor themselves vs. the quality of the animal being shown. This is divided into two divisions, Junior (15 and younger) and Senior (16 and older). The Junior division was won by Thomas Glascock of Pilot Point, Texas while second place went to Tucker Brown of Throckmorton, Texas. In the Senior division, Ben von Forell of Wheatland, Wyo. took first and Laura Ewald of Waldorf, Minn. finished second.
The National Open Show was stacked with great cattle, adding an element of excitement. In this event both bulls and females are shown, and it's open to any competitor regardless of age. The Grand Champion Female was owned by Solution Genetics of Cushing, Iowa. SLGN Bailey's Tess 751T (1157461) is a February 23, 2007 open yearling heifer sired by UBAR High Capacity 224 and out of Meado-West Bailey 019K. Solution Genetics experienced great success having not only the Grand Champion Female, but they bred both the Grand and Reserve Junior Champion Female. The Reserve Grand Champion Female was owned by Coley Cattle Company of Birmingham, Iowa. Coley's 26P Daorv 7151 (1185126) is a March 2. 2007 open heifer. She is sired by Red Fine Line Mulberry 26P and out of Coley's 121R Daorv 5105. Coley Cattle Company was thick in the competition throughout the day, showing several divisional winners as well. This stout offering of cattle earned them the Red Angus Premier Breeder Award. It's awarded to the breeder whose animals place the highest in individual classes throughout the show.
Grand Champion Bull was owned by Ravishing Reds of North Platte, Neb. Roy Rogers 5604 (1037175) is a February 16, 2005 born bull sired by RED Northline Rob Roy 122K and out of PIE Patti Anne 9221. This bull was also recently crowned Grand Champion at the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo. JK Cattle of Topeka, Kansas had the Reserve Grand Champion Bull. JKC Huckleberry 701 (1160559) is a February 24, 2007 yearling bull sired by Red Fine Line Mulberry 26P and out of LJRA Miss None Bet F647.
The RAAA awarded the Premier Exhibitor Award to NBAR Cattle Company of Russell Springs, Kansas. This award goes to the exhibitor who places highest in individual classes throughout the show. The Director's Herdsmanship Award went to 3K Land and Cattle of Lewisville, Texas. It's awarded to the exhibitor that best expresses a positive image to the spectators and other exhibitors, the welcoming appeal of their stall area and overall attitude expressed throughout the show.