The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow sold for a world record of $212,000 to buyers Mickie and Jim Clark, Terri and Greg Courtney, Jackie and Jon Hodges, and Linda and David Johnson
David Johnson said there are many charities he could donate to, but the mission of the Show directly aligns with his and his fellow buyers’ values.
“We are privileged and blessed to support the Show,” Johnson said. “We are glad to support people who help themselves.”
The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow was exhibited by Allie James, 17, from Stratford, Texas, who in addition to showing livestock, plays basketball and is a National Honor Society member.
Johnson said that showing livestock teaches exhibitors, like Allie, the important life lessons of responsibility and dedication, as well as develops their work ethic.
“Allie is pretty successful in her own right and knows how to work hard.” Johnson said. “We are glad to reward that success.”
The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow, exhibited by Sadie Hardison, 13, of Fredericksburg, Texas, sold for $133,000 — another world record.
Jennifer and Paxton Crew contributed to the record-breaking bid, along with buyers Tori and Ed DeCora, Mary and Ken Hucherson, and Sheila and Emmett Story. Paxton Crew, a supporter of the Show for 15 years, said his own experiences in showing livestock led him to want to support exhibitors year after year.
“I’m here today because of the education I received in agriculture,” Crew said. “I know the dedication it takes and the responsibility these kids develop. You learn a lot about yourself, and I want to help support that.”
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.