A number of students representing Brazosport ISD showed and competed in different arenas of competition at this year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) bringing back several top places in different categories.
With much determination, skill and a little luck on their side, BISD had several students successfully catch, halter and lead their calf to the finish line during the world famous calf scramble.
Brazosport Sophomore Blaise Warren was first to catch a calf on March 23rd. This was his fourth catch of the rodeo season earning him an additional $2,000 certificate. The certificate includes $1750 which is awarded immediately and $250 is awarded when they return to show in 2018 after completing the scramble program. He also received the Glazier First Catch award earning him a belt buckle and an additional $100. This brought his Calf Scramble runs to a total of $5,050 earned ($750 - Brazoria County, $1200 - San Antonio Rodeo + First Catch award & $1000 at Austin Star of Texas Rodeo). He recently purchased a steer & heifer to show at next year’s rodeos.
Freeport Intermediate’s Bronson Kozak also caught a calf on the night of March 23rd. He was the 4th catch across the line, earning him an additional $2000 to go with his $750 Brazoria County certificate. With this he has purchased a Black Brangus crossbred heifer named “Justice” that he will be showing next year along with his last year’s scramble heifer named “Liberty”.
Brazoswood Junior Ashleigh Manasco, caught and received a $1750 scramble certificate. She has since purchased a registered Santa Gertrudis heifer to take back to the 2018 show, she named her Reba.
Brazoswood Freshman Kylee Hubbard, caught and received a $1750 scramble certificate. She has since purchased a Percentage registered Simmental/Maine Anjou-cross heifer to take back to the 2018 show. This heifer is also a scramble heifer for the 2017 Brazoria County Fair, she named her Sugar Babe.
Brazoswood Junior Lauren Aycock, caught and received $1750 scramble certificate as well as a Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo watch for catching the mystery calf. She has since purchased a registered Gray Brahman heifer to take back to the 2018 show. This heifer is also a scramble heifer for the 2017 Brazoria County Fair, she named her Lady.
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.
In the Scramble Show category, Jennifer Rodriguez, a Junior at Brazoswood High School, showed her heifer “Betty Lou” placing 9th in her class. Not only did this FFA student put in many hours and hard work to make sure that her livestock was ready for the world’s largest livestock show, she had to keep good records, send in monthly reports, keep a scrapbook and build a sign to display at the livestock show.
Jr. Breeding Beef
Brazosport FFA’s Bronson Kozak exhibited his Breeding Heifer “Liberty” winning 1st place in Class 9 American Registered Breeds. His heifer is currently 4 months pregnant and is expecting to calve in September. Bronson plans to start his own herd of Champion cattle with his outstanding heifers he works so hard to raise.
Market Broilers, both Cockerels (males) & Pullets (females) were exhibited by 3 Brazosport FFA Members- Jr. Member Myalek Woods, Brazosport Juniors Harold Woods & Freshman Landon Winton. More than 1700 birds were shown in this years show, and though none made the Sale of Champions, all three boys made it thru the sift and were called back for placing. Landon said that “Raising chickens is definitely not as easy as it seems. We may have only had them for 6 weeks, but they required constant care, feeding and exercise or you won’t place. I learned a lot this year at my first attempt of raising a market animal and hope to put what I’ve learned towards more animal projects.”
Market Barrows were exhibited by Brazoswood Senior FFA member Anyssa Ramirez.
Jr. Market Steers
Harold Woods, Brazosport HS Junior, exhibited his Charolais cross steer on March 24th. “Sugar Foot” classed at 1265 pounds and showed in the Class 5 Medium Heavy AOB Steers. Harold placed in the top half out of 56 entries.
Jr. Market Rabbits
Brazoswood FFA Participant Senior Dara Hale.
Brazoswood & Brazosport FFA also took teams to compete in the Livestock Judging. Houston’s Livestock Judging Contest is the largest livestock judging contest in the world with 1,436 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.
BPort Sr. FFA Team: Junior Amber Robles, Sophomore Blaise Warren & Freshmen Vincent Anderson & Landon Winton
BWood Sr. FFA Team: Junior Alston Vandergrifft, Freshman Kylee Hubbard
BWood Jr. FFA Team: LJI 7th Grader Colton Reich, CIS 6th Grader Madison Hubbard
Young Guns Sporting Clays
Students entered the Clay shooting competition event held March 3 & 4. Students in this event included Seniors Maegan Carroll and Fischer Dingee, Juniors Kinsey Camacho, Alston Vandergrifft, Matthew mcCabe and Cortney Neal, Sophomores Brynlee Batchelor and Cody Gartman.
Both Brazoswood and Brazosport FFA’s Horse judging teams competed in Katy at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center on March 8, 2017. Brazoswood Freshman Kylee Hubbard and Junior Deandria Richey represented BISD well alongside Brazosport Junior Harold Woods and Freshmen Cheyenne Cox and Brayden Sanderson.
Brazosport FFA Juniors Katelyn Kneis and Caitlyn Freshour participated in this year’s event for the first time. They both look forward to returning next year.
Tour Guide Event
Brazoswood’s FFA Team also participated in the Tour Guide Event held on March 21. Students who participated were Seniors Maegan Carroll, Dara Hale and Haleigh McCoy, Juniors Kinsey Camacho, Cortney Neal, Abigail Stovall and Alston Vandergrifft, Sophomore Ravenne Dodge who dressed as a bunny and Freshman Kylee Hubbard.
“This year at Brazosport it has been a whirlwind for our program. Being my first year here, I was thrilled to get to help the kids try many things that they had not before. For some of them, they have discovered a whole new interest that they never imagined, and for others, they are getting to live out their dream and that’s simply amazing to me. I believe our students represented us very well at this year’s rodeo and I know they can’t wait to come back and go even farther, displaying the quality of kids we have in this great district. Their hard work has resulted in almost $14,000 earned at multiple Calf Scrambles this year, and our Cattle Show Team will jump from 2 students and calves, to 8 students and 10 calves. We truly can not wait to live out the great things we have in-store for our program and district.” - Brynn Wittie, Brazosport FFA Advisor
“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 Monday afternoon at 3:45, 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.” - Evie Hubbard, Brazoswood FFA Advisor