BISD Students Compete at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The past few weeks have been an exciting time for those students in BISD who showed and competed in the different arenas of competition in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
BISD had two students, Kylee Hubbard, an eighth grader at Clute Intermediate School and Jennifer Rodriguez, a sophomore at Brazoswood High School, participate in the calf scramble during the March 19 rodeo performance. With much determination, skill and a little luck on her side, Jennifer was able to catch, halter and lead her calf to the finish line.
Each student who catches a calf is awarded a monetary certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the Houston Livestock Show the following year. Returning as an exhibitor, the student shows in a special competition with other calf scramble winners. The student receives an additional monetary bonus if program requirements are fulfilled throughout the year. Jennifer will return next year to show a registered Charolais heifer, BettyLou, that she purchased from the Brazos River Ranch in Jones Creek.
BISD also had FFA students who represented BISD at this year's HLS&R bringing back several top places in different categories. In the Scramble Show category, Zander Williams, a junior at Brazoswood High School, showed his steer “Bud” placing 5th and Anyssa Ramirez, also a junior at Brazoswood High school received a 10th place award showing her steer “Chubz”. Not only did these two FFA students put in many hours and hard work to make sure that their livestock was ready for the world’s largest livestock show, they had to keep good records, send in monthly reports, keep a scrapbook and build a sign to display at the livestock show.
Market Barrows were exhibited by Brazoswood FFA member Anyssa Ramirez and sister Eva Ramirez, eighth grader at Lake Jackson Intermediate. Anyssa’s barrow placed in the top sixteen in the Yorkshire breed class.
Brazoswood’s FFA also took two teams to compete in the Livestock Judging. Houston’s Livestock Judging Contest is the largest livestock judging contest in the world with 1,486 participants, combined in the Jr (8th grade & under) and the Sr (9th through 12th grade) divisions. Although neither teams did as well as they had hoped, they are already looking forward to next year and will be working even harder towards their goal.
Team #1: Courtney Riojas, Jennifer Rodriguez, Davin Kier, Abigail Stovall
Team #2: Paige Foote, Justin Buchanan, Fischer Dingee, Jenna Goins
“I had a lot of fun working with these kids and their animals this year, getting them ready for their various competitions. This is a process that starts many times before the school year starts, with selecting, purchasing and caring for their livestock projects. In some instances, our students finish their show year with one project and within the next week, they go pick out their project for the next year. Livestock judging students are here every Thursday morning at 7:45, practicing and getting ready to compete. This year’s scores were much improved from last year’s and I know that they will keep getting better as our team gains more experience,” said Evie Hubbard, Brazoswood FFA Advisor.