Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Lamb and Goat Auction
HOUSTON, TX -- Donors rewarded 2021 lamb and goat exhibitors during the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Lamb and Goat Auction. This year’s auction was held today, Saturday, May 15 as a private event at NRG Center.
The Hildebrand Family, in memory of Ruth and Tommy Hildebrand, purchased the Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb, exhibited by 14-year-old McKinley Clem, from Tahoka, Texas. The lamb was purchased for $275,000.
“We’ve done this many years, and it’s just such an honor and a privilege to be associated with the Houston Rodeo,” said Jeff Hildebrand. “Where we get real gratification is seeing young men and women of America, like McKinley, and using this as a springboard to go on and do great things in this country.”
Hudson Franklin, from Shallowater, Texas, and a member of Lubbock County 4-H, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb which was purchased by Tammy, Peyton and Mitchell Barrier; KCEF Foundation – Cookie Michael; Michelle Iversen Jeffery; Pamela M. Logsdon, CPA for $135,000.
“We missed our Rodeo friends and Rodeo family and to come back and see these kids do well, if they win, Texas wins, we all win,” said Tammy Barrier.
Jonesboro FFA member Trey Harbour, from Gatesville, Texas, sold his Grand Champion Junior Market Goat for $185,000, a new Rodeo record. Mary and Ken Hucherson, Amy and Mark Melton, Anne and Chris Richardson, and Mary Lee and Alan Stigall made this year’s Grand Champion purchase.
“We wanted to make my dad proud, and I think we have today,” said Mark Melton. “I want to thank the buyers that did this to honor him. It means the world to me and my family.”
The Reserve Champion Junior Market Goat, exhibited by Medina FFA member and long-time junior exhibitor Cydney Newsom, from Medina, Texas, was sold for $115,000 to Dr. John Cangelosi, Jimmy Guinn, Stephen McKinney, and April and Scott Townsend.
“I don’t think anyone here thought we’d be here three months ago,” said Dr. John Cangelosi. “Being in this arena, seeing people giving scholarships out like this, showing the success of these young ladies and gentlemen, it’s very inspirational. I’m just proud and excited to be a part of this.”
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.