Everyone looks forward to Pay Day but maybe not as much as the contestants and exhibitors of the 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. The 23 day run of the 118th Annual Stock Show went exactly as planned with the exception of a couple of ice days. The crowds were record breaking and all the results have been tabulated.
In the mix of both livestock and rodeo performances there is a great balance that makes the Original Indoor Rodeo, with all of its excitement and the livestock show, with all breeds and stock exhibited. The rodeo has the distinction of not only being the original indoor rodeo but also the rodeo that brought bull riding into the contest. The livestock has always been the reason for the show and will continue to be. It is where kids with 4H and FFA alongside exhibitors of every age are able to compete and come away with some boosting rights.
Some exhibitors like Clint Newman came away with more than boosting and bragging rights. He walked away with a check for $200,000.00 while presenting the Grand Champion steer of the Stock Show. The Grand Champion was purchased by the Coors Distributing Company and will donate the prize winner to the Fort Worth Zoo. This year’s winner has been showing at the Fort Worth Show for nine years and exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion in 2013. He is eighteen years old and plans on using the money to attend Texas Tech University.
The Reserve Grand Champion was won by a fourteen year old young man who has been showing here for six years. His prize winning entry got him a check for $140,000.00 from the Hillwood Corporation. He too plans on using the money to attend Texas Tech University. Hillwood is planning also on donating the Reserve Grand Champion to the Fort Worth Zoo.
The Grand Champion Pig exhibitor took home a check for $45,000.00 while the Reserve Champion received a check for $29,000.00. The Grand Champion Lamb brought $34,000.00 at the annual auction while the Reserve Champion received $27,000.00. The Grand Champion Goat brought $40,000.00 and the Reserve brought $29,000.00.
The Champion in the Hereford Breed class along with the Reserve Champion Hereford and the Reserve Champion Shorthorn were all purchased by the Women Steering Business in Fort Worth Association headed by Fort Worth’s Mayor Betsy Price. The Women came to the auction in mass all wearing red jackets.
All-in-all the 295 head of livestock brought into the hands of 4H and FFA young people over $3,300,000.00. The total amount set a record for the one hundred eighteen year old show.