Braider Obermier, Parker Dunkerley, Michael Riley Sizemore, Cassie Pickett, and Katie Jo Blanscet representing the Henrietta FFA Chapter and Clay County 4H, took to the dirt of Reliant Stadium and successfully caught and haltered a calf at one of the Houston Rodeo performances. Strength and determination took over as they began to capture the calves and pull them into the winners’ square.
In exchange for a successful scramble, these 4-H or FFA member will receive a $1,250 certificate to be used for the purchase of a registered breeding beef heifer, breeding dairy heifer or market steer.
Obermier and Dunkerley were also individually recognized for being first to catch in their respective rodeo performance. This feat awarded them the “T.A. Glazier First Catch Award” which included an addition $150 and a custom made RodeoHouston Livestock Show Award Buckle.
The actual catch and winning at the scramble is just the beginning of a yearlong project of grooming, feeding and caring for the animal. The exhibitor, supervised by an agricultural science teacher or county extension agent, must keep accurate and detailed records of the heifer or steer’s progress, submitting records to both the Show and calf scramble donor to chronicle its development.
In 2013, these Henrietta exhibitors will return with his/her scramble project to the Houston Livestock Show™ for a special competition and a $250 bonus from his/her donor. Prior to the 2013 Show, exhibitors have the opportunity to compete in the Calf Scramble Progress Show as a means of judging their calf’s progress prior to showing at the Houston Livestock Show.
Each year, approximately 375 calf purchase certificates are donated. Since the calf scramble was added to the Show in 1942, more than $10 million has been awarded in certificates and bonuses to nearly 20,000 youth.
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 approximately $283 million to the youth of Texas.