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International Texas Longhorn Association  -  Issue XI - 2017
The E-Drover
International Texas Longhorn Association
From ITLA President Mike Tomey 

Happy Thanksgiving All, 

What a year it has been! The 2017 Championship Show and Convention was outstanding! Everyone has a great time, and the Longhorn cattle from all across the United States were there!! 

I am so pleased with all the support all the breeders, businesses, and Longhorn friends gave to make this event such a big success!! I would like to thank all of the folks who worked so hard to make everything work so well. The help in the back of the barn was tremendous, the cattle moved through without a hitch. The food was great and the ladies made the table look so nice. Thank you to all of the judges for your time and expertise in picking the greatest Longhorns in the country.
SOME OF OUR VOLUNTEERS IN THE BACK: Andrew Morris, Joel Dickinson, Jim Lawlinger, Jeff Foster, Doug Burris, Sara Sawdey  Front row left to right. Lane Morris, Kara Dickinson, Abby Morris, Misty Dickinson, Bry Dickinson

We seated three new directors, Joel Dickinson at Large, Joe Dowling for Region 9, and Larry Smith II for Region 8. I am looking forward to a great year for ITLA. We are moving fast to getting the directory finished. There is still time to get your ad in.

I would like to hear from all of the affiliate presidents, or members, or better yet, both. Call me at 812-583-4622 and give me your thoughts on what ITLA can do to help you get more folks involved in the Longhorn industry. Help us make ITLA the GREATEST!
Thank you,
Mike Tomey
ITLA President

A Very Special Thank You!
The Tomey Family! 

Mike and Jamie Tomey are largely responsible for ITLA's successful National Championship Show and Convention the past two years. 

As president of ITLA, Mike has helped put the outfit on a sound financial footing (thanks also to all the members who have helped toward this end). He has a great partner with the National Show--his wife, Jamie, and other members of the Tomey family. Jamie, however, says she is ready for a break from the big show preparations! 
Watch for news on location for next year's ITLA National Championship Show, Convention and Futurities.

Left to right Courtney, Matt, Mike, Jamie, Samantha, Michael, 
and Garrett & Aaron in the front.
ITLA Championship Show, Convention and More
The International Texas Longhorn Association enjoyed another stellar National Championship Show and Convention October 26 - 28 at the C Bar C Arena in picturesque Cloverdale, Indiana. In addition to the show, which had well over 200 entries in the halter and non-halter classes, there were seminars, a trade show, the Elite heifer sale, an ITLA qualifying futurity, and the first ever International All Star Futurity Finals.

Cattle arrived all day Wednesday, the 25th, and activities kicked off at 9 a.m. the following day with the ITLA Qualifying Futurity, which would enable top winners to also participate in Friday's International All-Star Futurity Finals.

Futurity judges included Debra Helm of Helm Cattle Co. at Red Oak, Tex.; Bear Davidson, ranch manager of G&G Longhorns in central Virginia; T.J. Farnsworth of the Farnsworth Ranch at Mountain Home, Tex.; Dale Eppard, who runs stocker cattle in western Oklahoma, has registered Longhorns, Red Angus and Senepol cattle, and worked for 29 years for Mi Tierra Ranch; and Joe Sedlacek, a native Kansan who runs the family's Lazy J Longhorn Ranch. The All-Star Futurity featured top winners at Winchester Futurities held throughout the country.
Thank you for the Photos!
Special thanks to Mike and Jamie Tomey, Darol Dickinson and Gary Lake for taking so many photos and sharing them with us!
ITLA Show Champions

This issue of E-Drover features overall champions at the show. We'll follow it up with all the first-place class winners in the next issue.
Kookachex is by "Tuff" and out of Sweet Kookateu by Drag Iron. She was shown by Doug Burris and Lane Morris to win the age 2 halter class #11 and also later won the Reserve Champion Sr. Heifer. She was voted Elite Cow of all females in the ITLA Championship Futurity.
Judged Supreme Heifer in the ITLA Futurity was Kookachex (Cowboy Tuff Chex x Sweet Kookateu), owned by Kirk Dickinson of Dickinson Cattle Co. at Barnsville, Ohio. Supreme bull was Admiral Tori (Non Stop x Ro Ann), owned by Tim Mills of Mountain View Longhorns at Perrysville, Ohio. 

Yearling heifers halter class

In the All-Star Futurity, Riverfork's Taylor Made (Cowboy Catchit Chex x Riverforks Lil Empress), owned by Terry and Tammy King of Westville, FL, was Supreme Heifer , while Viper Dragon (White Dragon x Gunna Tempt You), owned by Scott Simmons of Medora, IL, was selected Supreme Bull.

A variety of youth activities, a showmanship clinic and educational seminars were held in conjunction with the judged events. One day's seminars offered "Packets for Profit" by Darol Dickinson of Barnesville, Ohio, 
and"Photographing Livestock" by Bear Davidson of Catlett, Virginia. ITLA provided dinner that night, along with singing entertainment by Marlene Reynolds of Yoder, Colorado.

Next day's seminars featured the historical "Wagon Ho" by Steve and Judi Paloncy, and "Evaluating Pedigrees" by Darol Dickinson. 

The ITLA-sponsored dinner that night featured musical entertainment by Barry Ward of Eureka, Kansas. These were followed by seminars by Dr. Keith Berkley and "Understanding How DNA Testing Can Benefit Your Program" by Joe Dowling and Kevin Bryant.

ITLA Showmanship Clinic with Dr. June Cohran

ORVTLA Affiliate visits 3-D Meats

The Ohio River Valley Texas Longhorn Association's 2017 Field Day was held on Saturday, November 11 at 3-D Meats in Dalton, Ohio. 

We knew we had come to the right place when we saw the Longhorn front and center in the painted mural on the wall outside of the business office. 

Leon and Jan Hilty, owners of the family owned and operated 3-D Meats, hosted our group. Leon gave us a tour of the corrals, chilling and aging rooms, and the cutting and packaging room. Leon answered all of our questions and had some interesting stories.  
Their federally inspected facility processes beef, bison, hogs, lambs, goats and a few deer. Jan provided a hot lunch for us- hot barbecued beef sandwiches and sides from the deli portion of their retail store- that helped everyone warm up after the tour. 
Jan also gave us the history of their business and a crash course in hide marketing. Afterwards we prowled the retail store for treasures like beef bacon (who knew this was possible?) and bison snack sticks. We got a great education on how beef processing works and what a modern, state of the art facility looks like. 

Submitted by: Carice Jameson, Vice President Ohio River valley Texas Longhorn Association
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More ITLA Show Winners

Lizz  Huntzberry  of Smithsburg, Md., stalwart of the Longhorn industry in the northeast and veteran Texas Longhorn judge, served as judge for the ITLA Championship Non-Haltered Show.  She selected, as Grand Champion All-Age Female, Bar S Emotions (Winchester 465/9 x Sympatico) of the Silverado Ranch/Stan Searle of Monument, Colorado. Reserve went to RA Wild Lover (CL Wild Bull Kody x CL Last Lover, owned by Ronald Arnesberger of East Berlin, PA.

Grand Champion All Age Bull - Nifty Fifty 
Shown by Gail Beach owned by Elburn/Beach Partnership

Grand Champion All-Age Steer went to Clear Mileage (Clear Win x Unlimited Mileage) of Double R Longhorns at Marysville, Ohio. Reserve went to TU Easy (Easy Eddie x Baby TU), owned by Callan Cattle Co. of Newark, Ohio.
Russell Hooks of McGregor, Tex., served as youth show judge. He is a fifth generation cattleman and has worked as a ranch manager, herdsman, custom cattle fitter and showman.

Grand Champion All Age Steer - Awesome Kaboom 
shown & owned by Larry Smith II

Grand Champion All-Age Female in the youth show went to HHF Royal Flush (Riverforks Fifty Cents x Pepper 9/19) owned by David and Missy Hackney of Bedford, IN and exhibited by J.D. Hasty. Reserve Champion went to Steel Drag (Drag Iron x Lily Leigh) owned by Mark Stoudt, MTS Longhorns of Bethel, PA and shown by McKenzie Oswald.

Kara Dickinson with Full Pack_ Champion Futurity and Jr Halter Champion

Grand Champion All-Age Bull was Admiral Tori (Non Stop x Ro Ann), owned by Mountain View Longhorns of Perrysville, OH and exhibited by Hunter Mills. Reserve was won by Meadow Green Nitty Gritty (Tuff's Ruff 'N Rowdy x Odey Mocha), owned by Beach/Hackney Partnership of Huntington, IN and exhibited by Dylan Case.
Dr June Cohran with her Champion bull

Grand Champion All-Age Steer was Claim Jumper (JM Duncan x Sinner's Prayer) owned and shown by Cassidy Huntzberry of Smithsburg, Maryland. Reserve went to Meadow Green Tracker (Drag Iron x Maxed Out), owned by Ray and Amanda Case of Fort Wayne, IN and shown by Dylan Case.

IRON SPAN, Grand Champion Jr Halter, Kara Dickinson, Dickinson Cattle Co

Youth Showmanship winners included Cassidy Huntzberry (junior), McKenzie Oswald (intermediate), Dylan Case (teen) and Jena Fulton (senior).
The ITLA Championship Haltered Show was judged by Dr. Keith Berkeley, longtime Texas Longhorn exhibitor and practicing veterinarian out of Charles Town, West Virginia.
All Age Female Tibina owned and  showed by Larry & Heatherly Smith

Grand Champion All-Age Haltered Female was Tibina (Tibbs x Sought Clear), owned by Larry and Heatherly Smith of Glen Rose, Texas. Reserve went to Kookachex (Cowboy Tuff Chex x Sweet Kookateu), owned by Kirk Dickinson.
Grand Champion All-Age Bull was Nifty-Fifty (Fifty-Fifty BCB x Vanilla Puddin 116), owned by Elburn/Beach Partnership of Huntington, Indiana. Reserve was Time Line (JP Rio Grande x Dragon Pearl) owned by Joel Dickinson.
Grand Champion All-Age Steer went to Awesome Kaboom (Awesome Black Cracker x Black sloane) owned by Larry and Heatherly Smith II). Reserve was won by Meadow Green Tracker (Drag Iron x Maxed Out), owned by Ray and Amanda Case of  Fort Wayne, IN.  

After dinner Friday night, the Elite Heifer Sale featured, at auction, 21 heifers, along with 4 semen lots and a PC cattle chute. The sale raised $36,000, all for the benefit of ITLA.

Many thanks to all the consignors and buyers, all the show sponsors and attendees for your support!

The convention wrapped up with dinner and regional awards Saturday night. More on this in the next issue of E-Drover.

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But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one this holiday season.
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