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February 2020


The Official Online Magazine Of The International Texas Longhorn Association

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About the front cover

CONTENTS Photos were taken by: The Denver Post at the NWSS and the ITLA has permission to use them in this months edition of the Longhorn Drover.

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Letter from the President

Letter from the Office Manger

Upcoming ITLA Events

Affiliate News

Wichita Refuge

ITLA Ranch-Yard-Rail Program Forms National Western Stock Show 114 Years

Letter from the


The January Drover highlighted the Fort Worth Herd where for over 20 years 9 million spectators have viewed Longhorns being driven horseback through the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. The worlds only twice daily cattle drive celebrates the history of the Longhorn when 4 million head were driven through Fort Worth in the late 1800’s. Today, over 17,000 students per year observe Longhorns in Fort Worth Herd programs provided for schools. This February issue of the Drover celebrates Stan Searle and Gary Lake bringing international attention to Longhorns by kicking off the National Western Stock Show with a Downtown Denver parade featuring Longhorns driven horseback down 17th street. Just like Fort Worth, the Denver Stockyards is an area of historical livestock significance since its establishment in 1881. The National Western Stock Show opened its doors in 1906 and Longhorns continue to be at the forefront by kicking off and leading the celebration of western heritage. From tracing its roots to Christopher Columbus, to creating the American Cowboy, to feeding a country devastated by the civil war, etc. , no other breed can compare to what the Longhorn has given to a nation. Fort Worth, Denver, and many other locations around the world are giving back by providing the Longhorn the notoriety it so richly deserves. The Longhorn also deserves good stewardship from those who step forward to set policy on the future of this breed that has given so much. The ITLA’s goal every day is to provide the best member services possible and to give back to the Longhorn by creating and following policies that are in the breed’s best interest without regard to politics, personal gain, etc. The Texas Longhorn deserves your support, and the ITLA welcome mat is always out.

2019-2020 Officers Russell Hooks Vice President & Secretary Term: 2020 McGregor, TX 409-381-0616 russellh@longhornroundup.com

Larry Smith II

John Moxley

President Term: 2020 Celina, TX 254-396-9185 larrypsmith2@yahoo.com

Treasurer Term: 2021 New Market, MD 240-446-9950 crosswrenchranch@msn.com

2019-2020 Board of Directors John Moxley

Director at Large #1 Term: 2021 New Market, MD 240-446-9950 crosswrenchranch@msn.com

Lizz Huntzberry

Region 2 Term: 2022 Smithsburg, MD 240-291-1952 lizzhuntzberry@yahoo.com

T.J. Farnsworth

Region 5 Term: 2019 Mountain Home, UT 435-503-5229 tj@chapman-const.com

James Eyman Region 8 Term: 2020 Marble Falle, TX 830-596-1604 ranchHQ@eblranch.com

Joel Dickinson

Gordon Musgrove

Dick Lowe

John Nelson

Director at Large #2 Term: 2020 Barnsville, OH 740-758-5858 joel_d@texaslonghorn.com

Region 3 Term: 2020 Horton, MI 517-688-3030 info@rrrlonghorns.com

Region 1 Term: 2020 Patricia, AB 403-363-1729 onetreeranch@gmail.com

Region 4 Term: 2021 Wellington, CO 970-897-2441 jnelson@enganalytics.com

Terry Brink

Region 6 Term: 2020 Frederick, OK 580-335-5732 brinkauction@gmail.com

Connie Olive

Region 7 Term: 2020 Big Sandy, TX 903-780-0665 connie_olive@aol.com

Joe Dowling Region 9 Term: 2021 Caldwell, TX 979-273-0277 dowlingoe@yahoo.com

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Letter from the

Office Manager

Howdy It’s hard to believe that February is upon us. 2020 is already shaping up to be another record year for the International Texas Longhorn Association, as new memberships, transfers, and registrations continue to arrive at the office in droves. By putting our members needs first the ITLA is able to celebrate 30 successful years. With extremely reasonable “every day” service fees the ITLA assists our membership by saving them money year round, not just with a special rate here and there. For a full price list, go to www.itla.com and click on the forms tab. JOIN THE ITLA FUN ! * Youth membership $15 * Active memberships $60 * 10 Year memberships $400.00 * Lifetime memberships $700

Until next time, see you all down the trail !

God bless you all,

Cori Garcia ITLA Office Manager staff@itla.com

Join ITLA Today Today!! ITLA offers active memberships for $60.00 and youth memberships for $15.00 that are renewable for a full year, no matter what the date of the renewal is. There are no extra charges for late renewals either. ITLA is also working to grow its youth programs, and emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, fun, and family. ITLA Registration Certificates offer the option to include an O.C.V. number, birth weight, and even a photograph of the animal. ITLA has affiliates active all across the globe. They host sales, shows, and countless other events.

In order to enhance the education of people on the importance of the Texas Longhorn, ITLA offers Judges Clinics, seminars at the National Convention, and monthly articles in the Longhorn Drover magazine. The ITLA operates with a functional board of 12 members plus the President, Vice President. Secretary and Treasure. Each year, all ITLA members vote in the annual elections to select members to fill these positions by sending a ballot in the mail, During the annual elections, all members also vote on major issues concerning the association, ensuring everyone has a voice and is heard.

Join the ITLA fun !

Click here for a printable ITLA membership form

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Active Membership (Annual Dues'VMM.POUIT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60 Youth Membership ("HFVOEFS - Annual Dues) — Birthdate: ___/___/__@_ . . . . . $15 10-Year Membership (Can Convert to Lifetime for $300) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$400 Lifetime Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $700

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Never Miss a Single One !

National Western Stock Show

January 24th - 25th, 2020 Denver, Colorado Halter & Non-Halter Judge - Deb Lesyk

Cherry Blossom HudsonSale Valentine April 17th - 18th, 2020 Bluegrass Classic Culpeper, VA. Ray Bear Davidson 540-687-0050 Sale & Futurity Chase Vasut 512-917-8654

CTTLA ITLA March Madness Show Spring Fling March 6th - 8th, 2020 Circle T Arena 4007 SH-36 Hamilton, Texas 76531 Show Chair - Cori Garcia E-mail: staff@itla.com Youth, Mini, & Haltered Lana Hightower - Youth Larry Smith, II - Halter

April 24-26, 2020 Myers Park & Event Center 7117 CR 166 McKinney, Texas Danielle Mershon 254-630-0053 Judges - Lana Hightower (Sat.) Rebecca Scott (Sun.) Matt Menchaca ( Youth )

Red McCombs MO KAN (BOTT) Fiesta Sale May 1st - 2nd, 2020 Spring Sale March 14th-15th, 2020 Butler, MO Contact - John Dvorak


ITTLA Heifer Futurity

March 27th, 2020 283 Lodge Road Overbrook, OK Go to ITTLA.net for more info

Johnson City, TX

Contact - Alan & Teresa Sparger dodgeram52@yahoo.com

Millenium Futurity

May 7th-9th, 2020 Somervell County Expo Glen Rose, TX 76043 Chair - Christy Randolph 713-703-8458 millenniumfuturity.com

May 22nd-23rd, 2020 Lexington, KY

Contact - Lorinda Valentine


The Biggest Little Longhorn Futurity June 5-7, 2020 Reno, NV

* Livestock Pavilion on the Reno Rodeo Grounds

Contact - Melissa Boerst


Great Northern Classic

Cheesehead Futurity & Sale June 19th - 20th, 2020 Location - 5D Ranch Gresham, Wisconsin For more info please contact Dan Huntington at 715-853-7608 or Ali Mast 715-495-4369


CTTLA Fall Shoot Longhorn Posse Out MO KAN (BOTT) September 12th, 2020 Showdown Fall Longhorn 3101 FM 51 - Decatur, TX June 6th, 2020 Sale 5050 S FM 5 Aledo, TX 76008 ( Annetta ) Mikell Deatherage/Pam Kinsel hartly1027@yahoo.com pamcakes21@yahoo.com Halter, Youth, & Mini Show


June 2020 More details coming soon...

Washington County Ag Expo

July 2020 More details coming soon...

Halter Judge - John Oliver Youth - TBA Show Chair - Danielle Mershon

East Coast Classic September 2020

Ray Bear Davidson 540-687-0050 Chase Vasut 512-917-8654

More details coming soon...

2020 Oregon State Fair

September 2020 Contact - Cindie Boyle 541-232-2558 More details coming soon...

ORVTLA Buckeye Classic Top of The West July 17-18, 2020 Idaho Show Wooster, OH Contact - Amber Dunmire for more information.

September 2020 More details coming soon...


The Great Frederick Fair

Montgomery County Fair

York Fair

July 2020 More details coming soon...

August 2020 More details coming soon...

September 2020 More details coming soon...

September 2020 York, PA More details coming soon...

September 2020 Passaic, MO More details soon...

Huson-Valentine Fort Worth Stockyards Sale September 18th-19th, 2020 Fort Worth, Texas

2020 ITLA Championship Show & Convention Celebrating 30 Years ! October 7th-10th, 2020 Sommervell County Expo 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd Glen Rose, Texas 76043

* Championship Halter Show * Championship Youth Show * Championship Non-Halter Show * Championship ITLA Futurity * Miss ITLA Youth Contest * End of Year Awards Banquet For more information contact the ITLA office at staff@itla.com Judges - TBA

Affiliates Great Lakes Texas LonghornAssociation Alberta Texas LonghornAssociation Cody Bailey, President Phone: (780) 361 - 8871 Email: albertatexaslonghorn@gmail.com

Best of Trails Texas LonghornAssociation John Dvorak, President Phone: (620) 382 - 2067 Email: jpdcrd33@netks.net

Canadian Texas LonghornAssociation Deb Lesyk, President Phone: 306-867-3039 Phone: 403-575-0114 Email: office@ctlalonghorns.com Website: www.ctlalonghorns.com

Johnny Hicks, President Phone: 269-721-3473 Email: hicksamericanbulldogs@yahoo.com

IndianTerritoryTexas LonghornAssociation Robert Van Liew, President Phone: 405-420-1720 Email: vanliewranch@gmail.com

TheLonghornPosse Mikell Deatherage, President Phone: 817-999-1836 Email: luvmyholsteiner@yahoo.com

Midwest Texas LonghornAssociation Tim Mills, President Phone: 419-606-6184 Email: mountainview_longhorns@yahoo.com

Northeast Texas LonghornAssociation Jodi King, President Phone: 717-475-5819 Email: latimorevalleyfarms@earthlink.net Website: www.netlalonghorns.com

OhioRiverValleyTexas LonghornAssociation Amber Dunmire, President Phone: 330-231-0345 Email: bonnieglenfarm@gmail.com

Texas Longhorn AssociationofOntario Don Flemmington, President Phone: 519-323-7982 Email: don@trelanefarms.com

ChisholmTrailTexas TopoftheWestTexas LonghornAssociation MountainStatesTexas LonghornAssociation Danielle Mershon, President Shadow Seaman, President Phone: 254-630-0053 208-420-2484 LonghornAssociation Phone: Email: Email: victoryranch@earthlink.net danielle@whistlingtxlonghorn.com

Marlene Reynolds, President Phone: 719-510-2151 Email: cowgirlmama83@gmail.com Website: www.MSTLA.org

Affiliate News... Longhorn Posse News

ITLA Affiliate News

Hello from The Longhorn Posse ! We are very excited to announce our 3rd Annual Longhorn Posse Showdown, June 6th 2020, in Annetta South, Texas. Entry packets and sponsorship information will be sent out very soon. The Longhorn Posse will be having a membership meeting on February 23rd, at 2:00 pm, to help prepare for the upcoming show. The meeting will be held at the Iron Skillet restaurant located at 2001 Santa Fe Drive, in Weatherford, Texas. We encourage anyone interested in becoming a member or helping with our show to join us at the meeting. Come be a part of a great affiliate. We have several jobs at the show that we will need volunteers for. You can be involved in making a difference, show decisions and planning, etc. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact Mikell Deatherage (817)999-1836 or Pam Kinsel (254)485-4269. We look forward to seeing you there.

Texas Longhorn Trivia January Winner

January Answer

“Suzanne Moxley”

“Rangers Measles”

* The first ITLA member to properly name this Texas Longhorn will win a FREE ITLA T-Shirt. * Email your answer to staff@itla.com * Only one guess per member

New Event ...

Open To All Registered Texas Longhorns

Location: Reno, NV Contact Person: Melissa Boerst melissa.boerst@gmail.com

February 2020 Candid Photos

Rainer Deutschenbaur - Germany Bailey Mann - Rockett, TX

Sandi Bentz - Weatherby, MO

Adriana Norris - Richland, PA

Brett Krause - Thrall, TX Kathy Lewis - Cedar Lane, TX

Tammy Rhoderick - Russelville, TN

Bob Randich - Olympia, WA

Al Nieuwenhuis - Norwich, Ontarioa, Canada

February 2020 Candid Photos

Cole Meeks - Statesboro, GA Amber Dunmire - Coshocton, OH

Craig Bottorff - Brownwood, TX Jacey Jantzen - Cherokee, OK Tabitha Schwarz - Weatherford, TX

Steve Anderson - Boiling Springs, PA

Gretchen Cain - Andover, OH

The 2020 March Madness Show Circle T Arena Hamilton, Texas March 6-8, 2020 sponsorship opportunities

Level 1 - $100 Silver Level 2 - $150 Gold Level 3 - $250 Elite Level 4 - Over $250 Platinum Contact Cori at staff@itla.com

March Madness Show 2020 ...Circle T Arena is a state of the art arena and luxury hotel resort. Don’t miss out on this brand new ITLA show in Hamilton, Texas !

2 full size rodeo arenas, live music on stage, steak house, snack cafe, dance floor, and so much more. All located inside this great facility and it is climate controlled.

Luxury hotel located on site by the arena with great room rates for this ITLA show, they also offer RV lot rentals, and cabin rentals next to arena. Several lodging options for this one of a kind show. Circle T Arena Office - 254-386-3559 Inn At Circle T - 254-386-3209 4007 W Hwy 36 Hamilton, Texas 76531

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Jefferson WI DOB: 4/24/2018 SADDLE ROPE x Queen Tuttess For Sale - $1,500

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Wichita Refuge Family WICHITA REFUGE cattle have the best known history. The sixty-ninth congress in 1927 provided “that not to exceed $3,000 . . . shall be expended for the purchase and maintenance of a herd of long - horned or Spanish breed of cattle . . . to the end that the present few examples be preserved from extinction.” The herd was started in the late twenties by selecting individuals from numerous south Texas herds. Two government forest rangers were in charge of the $3,000 and completed the task. (no one knows why government forest rangers were delegated to the job). None of the WR purchases were from other major herds of that day. The other families of Marks, Yates, Wright, Phillips, Butler were not used as a source for the foundation WR stock. The WR cattle were selected from smaller obscure herds, although the rangers travelled right in the same area of the major herds of that day. The original, traditional WR cattle were not of the horn growth, conformation or pretty colors their modern cattle possess. In 1968 Graves Peeler serving as a Longhorn Association inspector, commented that the WR had done a good job getting the badly swaybacked, traditional cattle culled from the herd. Probably the most appreciated thing about the WR cattle is their fine set of pedigrees. The government herd always had staff carefully record this information. Until 2001 WR cattle had complete pedigree records back to the beginning of their herd. This information was appreciated by producers and had been neglected years ago by the other six families. A new policy was implemented by the 2001 WR leaders to halt all pedigree records and raise a multiple sire herd. Fans of WR cattle were devastated by this seventy year policy change. The most famous WR bull of all time was “WR 2935.” His weight was 1,260 lbs. and his horns were over 42”. No other WR bull has had the popularity of WR 2935.

Photo at left: Don Quixote

Don Quixote is believed to be the all-time leading contributor of quality genetics representing the WR family. He has sired more over 50” progeny than any other WR bull. His progeny are mostly black and very trim of underline. Their growth and correct type command respect. Nearly all pure black longhorn cattle today trace to Don Quixote. The WR cattle are intensely inbred. Possibly due to this, many WR cattle are somewhat smaller in size, length and height than other families. A direct out cross to larger families will correct this.

The WR herd in Cache, Oklahoma have calved unassisted and in many ways are managed much like wild animals. Each cow calves within a few minutes walk of hungry government protected coyotes. This means every cow learns to be a good mother or ends up without a calf. Probably more solid color bulls have been used on the WR cows than most herds. There is a commitment by WR management to perpetuate Spanish type or Longhorns as they historically were. It is not felt the old cattle were consistently highly colorful, which I’m sure is correct in general. The dynamic colors seen today, have been bred into herds by special selection because of public appeal. These were not traditional colors. More WR blood is available in the nation than any other family. This is due to availability as a result of their many annual surplus sales. Roughly 50% to 70% of all Texas Longhorn cattle possess high percentages of WR blood. This availability creates WR bulls in large numbers and therefore they normally sell fairly economically. This large number of WR cows makes it important for producers to utilize bulls of the other six families. WR is not well known for herd sires. Over the years WR has made an effort to place a small amount of new blood in their herd. Several bulls were acquired from Yates. One Phillips and one Butler bull were used. The bull, Bold Ruler, was used by the WR and his WR branded calves were the highest selling in the history of WR. When evaluating WR bulls, their horns are more curled forward and up like the Spanish fighting bulls, rather than the wider lateral horn spreads that are more popular today. Most WR bulls have a clean sheath but many have excess lower neck and brisket skin causing a somewhat buffalo like silhouette. This is not the case with all WR bulls. Probably less than 10% of the bulls raised by WR ever reach up to 40” horn spans. Most mature WR bulls weigh 1,100 to 1,400 lbs. depending on health conditions. Their shoulder height will range from 52” to 54”. Which reveals their Spanish influence. WR cows are very feminine. Some are colorful. They are consistently above average for milk production because the fattest heifers were for years retained for replacements, concentrating this factor.

Photo at left: Measeles 2849 Sire - WR 2161 Dam - WR 2495 The most famous cow ever produced by WR was “Measles.” Her blood is highly sought by most prominent Longhorn producers. WR cattle are moderate in size and horn growth. They are the most numerous of all seven families because of availability at an annual surplus auction which began in 1942. Due to the major numbers of WR cattle sold annually, they often can be purchased economically.

Celebrating 30 Years ! 1990 - 2020 30th Annual ITLA Championship Show & Convention October 7th - 10th, 2020 Somervell County Expo Center 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd. Glen Rose, Texas 76043

30 years of quality member services

ITLA Established 1990 * Convention * Halter Show * Youth Show * Non-Halter Show * ITLA Championship Futurity * Annual Special Awards * 30 Year Celebration * Catered Meals * Awards Banquet * Membership Meeting * Email The ITLA For More Info At staff@itla.com

New ITLA Performance Test Program Enrollment begins January 15th, 2020 Program Starts March 1st, 2020 Contact persons for program questions: Russell Hooks russellh@longhornroundup.com 409-381-0616 Joe Dowling 979-273-0277

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Best of The Trails - MoKan Sale The Longest Running Sale In ITLA History

Pictured above receiving an award for being the longest running sale in ITLA history is Gary Bruch, John Dvorak, and Carol Dvorak presented by ITLA President Larry Smith, II ( far left ). The awards presentation was held at the 2019 ITLA Championship Show Banquet in Sulphur Springs, Texas

The “Best Of The Trails� ITLA affiliate has been host to the longest running sales event in ITLA history. The B.O.T.T. holds the sale annually at the Mo-Kan sale barn in Passaic, MO. This years Spring event will take place on March 14th. For more information you can contact the Best Of The Trails affiliate, or follow them on their Facebook page. As the ITLA celebrates 30 successful years in 2020, we would like to say thank you to all our dedicated affiliates, members, and everyone involved in helping to make the ITLA what it is today. It is a team effort to continue to on the work that was started over 30 years ago, as we strive to preserve and promote the iconic Texas Longhorn breed together.

ITLA Lifetime Member Tyson Leonard February 16, 1939 - January 15, 2020 Tyson Leonard, of Independence, VA, was born in Swainsboro, GA in 1939 to Elizabeth Tyson Leonard and P.D. Leonard, Sr and died of natural causes in Winston-Salem, NC on January 15, 2020, surrounded by family. His ancestors were early settlers of Emanuel County, GA and Davidson County, NC having descended from Valentine Leonard, the first Leonard to arrive in the NC piedmont. Tyson grew up on North Main St. in Swainsboro, where the family home was the center of much activity and Tyson was ‘well known’ throughout town. His childhood, as most of his life too, is full of many colorful stories, some of which are legendary! He was a standout athlete at Swainsboro High School, class of 1957, excelling in all sports, where he broke many records in track and football. Recruited by numerous colleges such as Alabama and Florida, he accepted a scholarship as a running back at Clemson where he studied agriculture and animal husbandry. He later played at Wofford before eventually joining his brother Mike at Troy State University. In 1961 Tyson played for the Atlanta semi-pro football team Atlanta Spartans. Later, returning to Swainsboro he and his brother Mike started Leonard Aluminum Utility Buildings in 1964. A few years later Tyson expanded the company to Winston Salem, where it grew to a multistate business later known as Leonard Buildings and Truck Covers. While in the triad, he met a young nurse, Sandra Phillips from Tryon, NC, who was working at Baptist Hospital and she became his loving wife for over 50 years. The headquarters later moved to Mt. Airy where he resided for many years before moving to his beloved farm on the New River in Independence, VA. Leonard Buildings and Truck Covers was sold in 2016. Leonard Farms became nationally known for raising Longhorn cattle. For many years it was the site of Longhorn sales attracting buyers from all over the country. Aside from his Longhorn cattle, his other passion was golf. There are many stories about his golf antics that are somewhat legendary, and probably most are true! Tyson was a larger than life character that will be deeply missed by many. He was preceded in death by his parents, P.D. and Elizabeth Leonard, brothers R.M. “Dick” Leonard, Jim Leonard, H.M “Frosty” Leonard, Mike Leonard, P. D. “Pete’ Leonard, and sister Diana Ramsay. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 50 years, Sandra P. Leonard, of Independence, VA, daughter Beth Leonard Glover, granddaughters Anna Pate Glover and Keyton Glover all of Winston Salem, NC and Savanna Smith of Galax, Va. Also, to cherish his memory are some of his closest nieces and nephews, Jimmy P. Leonard, Dr. Michael Leonard (Anitha), April Leonard Tegeler (John), P.D. “Trey” Leonard, III (Tina), Meredith Leonard, Jacob Tyson Leonard, “Baby” Elizabeth Tegeler, and Leela Leonard. He had a host of other nieces and nephews whom he cared for deeply. His sisters in law Carolyn Smith (Doug), June Leonard and Helen Leonard also survive. The number of dedicated Leonard Buildings and Leonard Farms employees, as well the many caregivers are too numerous to thank, but the family is appreciative for each and every one of you. David O’Neil was a special friend and the family thanks you greatly for your dedication to the company and for your friendship. We ask that you send donations in Tyson’s memory to the Surry Humane Society, 230 Frederick St., Mount Airy, NC 27030.

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National Western Stock Show 1906


The National Western Stock Show has been held annually every January at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado since 1906. Its purpose was to demonstrate better breeding and feeding techniques to area stockmen. The founders included Elias M. Ammons, president of the Colorado Cattle and Horse Growers Association and later governor of Colorado; George Ballentine, general manager of the Denver Union Stock Yard Company; and Fred P. Johnson, publisher of the Record Stockman. Since first one held in 1906, it has become the world’s largest stock show by the number of animals and offers the world’s only carload and pen cattle show. The National Western Stock Show celebrated 114 years in January 2020 and for those that were unable to attend, The Denver Post gave us a glimpse into the kick-off parade. The Longhorn Drover March 2020 edition will have the ITLA show results from the National Western Stock Show. If you have some great photos to share with us you can email them to staff@itla.com so they can be included with the show results next month. Congratulations NWSS on your 114th stock show ! Gary Lake riding in the kick off parade

Lifetime ITLA member, Russell Freeman, with the “Pikes Peak or Bust� rodeo riding in the NWSS kick-off parade on January 9th, 2020. ( Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post )

Longhorn steers lead the annual National Western Stock Show kickoff parade as it heads up 17th Street in Denver on Thursday. The 114th annual stock show runs through Jan. 26. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

A drover leads the Longhorn steers during the annual National Western Stock Show kick-off parade as it heads up 17th Street in Denver on Jan. 9, 2020. ( Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post )

Rush Orders Available Did you know the ITLA offers rush orders on registrations and transfers for just a $10 fee on each animal ? The ITLA already has a phenomenal turn around time on registration and transfer applications, but if you are needing them processed in 24 hours, you can apply the $10 fee to each application. Here are the requirements for a rush order. * The order must received before 2:00 pm CST Monday - Friday in order to begin processing. * Rush Orders received after 2:00 pm CST Monday - Friday, or received on weekends and holidays, will begin processing the next available business day. * The order must be submitted with full payment to begin processing.

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2020 Championship Show & Convention Host Hotel

Room Rates - Use “ITLA Expo Rate” code for these rates ( must book by September 7th, 2020 for ITLA rates ) * Standard King - $84.99 * Standard Queen - 2 Beds $94.99 * Mini King Suite With Sleeper Sofa $99.99 * Mini Queen Suite - 2 Beds With Sleeper Sofa $104.99 * 2 Bedroom Suites $124.99 Dinosaur Valley Inn & Suites - Best Western 1311 NE Big Bend Trail Glen Rose, Texas 76043 254-897-4818

Secondary Lodging For The 2020 Championship Show & Convention Comfort Inn & Suites 1615 NE Big Bend Trail Glen Rose, TX. 76043 254-898-8900

Discount Rate Code: “ITLA Longhorns” King Bed - $95 2 Queen Beds - $95 * Call to reserve your room before September 7th, 2020 to receive the ITLA discount rate * Pet friendly ( Pet deposit required )

New ITLA Youth Scholarship Program Qualifications to apply for the ITLA Youth Scholarship: • • • • • •

Be a graduating high-school senior or college freshman that is still a qualified ITLA youth member. Must have attended at least one ITLA affiliate show. Must have attended at least one ITLA Championship show. Must be an ITLA youth member for at least 1 year by the 2020 Championship Show. If chosen, you must attend the 2020 Championship show and the awards banquet for the presentation. Application deadline is post marked by August 14th, 2020. If you would like to donate towards the 2020 ITLA Youth Scholarship program please email staff@itla.com , applications and details can be found at www.itla.com under the “youth” tab.

Thank you for your support !

Youth Don’t miss your chance to win one of these calves donated to the CTTLA Spring Fling Show in McKinney, Texas !

Calf Giveaway Rules * Be an ITLA Youth Member * Be present at the CTTLA Show * Be entered in the CTTLA Spring Fling Youth Show * These calves will be halter broke and entered in the youth show for the winners to exhibit.

Thank You ITLA Members

For 30 Great Years !

Fun Texas Longhorn Facts Q - How did Texas Longhorn cattle find their way to the US ? A - The Texas Longhorns are direct descendants of the first cattle in the New World. The ancestral cattle were first brought over by Christopher Columbus in 1493 to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Between 1493 and 1512, Spanish colonists brought additional cattle in subsequent expeditions.

Q - How many original families were resposnible for preserving the Texas Longhorn breed ? A - Seven Families 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Phillips Wright Butler Marks Wichita Refuge Yates Peeler

Q - When was the International Texas Longhorn Association Founded ? A - 1990

MEMORY LANE ..... An ad from 1980 in the Western Horseman by DCC

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February 2020 Longhorn Drover  

The official online magazine of the International Texas Longhorn Association

February 2020 Longhorn Drover  

The official online magazine of the International Texas Longhorn Association

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