2019 ITLA Convention A Wrap

DCC Ranch e-News #191 - 10-15-19

by Darol Dickinson

The 29th Annual ITLA Convention/Championship is in the record books. It was a 10 ring circus. President Larry P Smith II had  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 day.

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 ran everywhere.

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 were  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 year.

Brad Hancock of Robin Hancock fame, with Misty and Joel Dickinson. Photo captured
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