The 29th Annual ITLA Convention/Championship is in the record
books. It was a 10 ring circus. President Larry P Smith II hadÂ
his hands full 24 hours a day with delegations, committees,
meetings, judges, a wife showing cattle, dogs running everywhere,
cattle pens full into the next county, a hungry wife, but no
trucks were towed from convenient parking spaces (a blessing) and
generally speaking, what a great event -- perfect weather every
If you were not fortunate enough to attend -- what a mess. You
really missed out. So, in a helpful attempt, here is a photo
presentation for you from my point of visual. I was using a new
phone/camera and here are things I enjoyed seeing.
The pen of finalists for the ALL STAR FUTURITY were probably the
most correct and close to perfect group of cattle ever in one place at one
time. I have never seen a nicer group in one pen.
Roses For The Winner, owned by Chad Dickinson, Austin, TX winning
Non Halter Class #15 with Bill Henderson judging.
Futurity Judge, Wesley Offord of Queensland, Australia was one of
18 Longhorn producers interviewed on radio from the ITLA Championship, live all day Thursday AM/FM. All of the North Texas area learned about Texas Longhorns.
Heatherly Smith, wife of ITLA President Larry Smith wins Grand
Champion All Age Female with Juma's Jewel by the famous bull Juma. Husband Larry is allowed to lead the calf.
People stayed awake during the ITLA educational seminars.
Amber Dunmire presents Cut'n Edge in class 23 Halter for Lazy J
Ranch, Greenleaf, KS.
Sherese and Rex Glendenning, owners of Drag Iron, with the old
cripple guy in the middle, me.
Lana Hightower judged the Championship Show last year. She showed
up to make sure the 2019 judges were doing it right. If that stitched leather
jacket looks western, she bought it at the Canton First Monday -- may be a hundred years old.
Attendance at the ITLA events -- most people ever. It was great.
Kara Dickinson with Saddle Jewell, age 2, winning another beautiful ITLA buckle. Jewell is by Saddlehorn out of Dragon Smile. Champions can have excellent horn spreads.
Joe Sedlacek exhibiting at the ITLA Championship. Fairly handsome
cowboy once he tosses away that oily seed-company cap.
All 3 ITLA evening banquets were great. The "yuge" cakes --
whoever made them was a master.
All 6 barns were slam-jammed full of show cattle. Kids and dogs
A small number of donated females were auctioned to generate over
$10,000 for ITLA. The Spokesman heifer donated by DCC was high selling.
Melissia Bierschenk and Gail Beach wereÂ conspiring against the
innocent. See the orneriness in the eyes?
Cori, ITLA office manager was all over the place doing her always
professional, everything needed jobs.
Kara Dickinson and Doug Burris showing Full Pack, age 3, winning
another silver ITLA buckle. Full Pack won the All Star Futurity last year, but was too old this
Brad Hancock of Robin Hancock fame, with Misty and Joel Dickinson.
at a point when nothing what so ever was happening. I told Brad to
suck-it-in, and he did.
Terry and Tammy King, Westville, Florida, pretty well used up
after a day of serious competition in the All Star Futurity ITLA division. Mr
& Mrs Longhorn Futurity.
At the final part of the banquet, President Smith presented the
Pioneer Breeder Award to Joel Dickinson, Barnesville, Ohio. Joel has raised registered Texas
longhorns for 40 years, starting at age nine. The Pioneer is presented to honor a member that has, over a
period of 15 years or more, demonstrated a strong commitment to
the ITLA and exceptional initiative in establishing a Texas
Longhorn of superior value genetically with commercial merit.
The ITLA convention will be in Glen Rose, Texas in 2020 and Ohio
in 2021. DD