Junior exhibitors of Simmental, Simbrah, Percentage Simbrah and Simbravieh competed for over $40,000 in prize monies, awards and scholarships at the 2016 Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl. The event in its 24th year has now awarded almost $700,000 in monies and prizes to 1,500 plus exhibitors of SimGenetics. The show is made possible by sponsors who each put up $1,000 and junior exhibitors who purchase calves from them are eligible to compete. The event was held in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Show and each exhibitor was only allowed to bring one animal to the competition. This year’s event drew 115 exhibitors.
Erin Worrell, Harper, Texas and Tom Wells, Hamilton, Texas drew the task of sorting through the eight age divisions of showmanship. The two judged separately four age groups each and then collaborated on the overall honors. The showmanship contest awarded money to ten places in each age group. First received a buckle and $100, 2nd, a buckle and $50 and from there the payment went $100, $80, $75, $60, $50, $40, $35 and $30.
In the 8-9-year-old division of showmanship the winners were first, Emily Denny, followed by Jayci Phillips, Matthew Sanchez, Braden Roehling and Emme Dees.
In the 10-11-year-old division, the winner was Kaily Critendon, followed by Waylon Hinze, Grant Hinckley, Ethan Richardson, Miranda Skaggs, Bradley Meuth, Mackenzie Groce, Cassidy Fuchs, Bryntlee Wilkerson and Jerrell Williams III.
The 12-13-year-old division of showmanship winners in order of first to tenth were Robert Stavinoha, Allison Willoughby, Mia Barba, Kayla Gillaspie, Trevor Jenkins, Mikayla Hesseltine, Strone Sulak, Rachel Lewis, Barrett Novak and Reese Gonzalez.
In the14-year-old division the winners were Zach Mills in first, followed by Brennan Seal, Kayden Tanner, Logan Perry, Caleb Fuchs, MaKenzie Sheffield, Megan Rogers, Claudia Kirk, Allie Jordan and MyKayla Pinson.
The 15-year-old division of showmanship saw Amelia Stavinoha take first, followed by Olivia Vela, Kaitlynn Miller, Hayden Hackett, Chloe Novak, Jacob Friedrich, Regan Merryfield, Matthew Salinas, Teegan Mackey and Tyler Denny.
Winners in the 16-year-old division were Kailey LeNormand, Payton Meuth, Justin Broines, Hunter Wells, Tucker Tanner, Taylor Boone, Alexander Garrison, Zachary Willey, Blaine Gibson, Graceann Mullins, and Steven Gooch.
The winners in the17-year-old division were Key Lutrick, Caryle Rodenbeck, Avery Carpenter, Andrew Cano, Mikaela Talley, Paige Hovey, Jessie Thompson, Jane Hunt, Braden Janecek, and Erin Lusk.
In the oldest group, 18 and above, the winner was Kirby Nixon, followed by Bailey Scogin, McClaine Pawlek, Joe Martinez, Jordan Hovey, Kasey Hamilton, Frederick Henderson and Sadie Wooley, Shelby Sliger.
The top two from each age group then competed for the overall showmanship titles. Lutrick was named the champion and received $1,000, while Rodenbeck was the reserve champion and received $750.
Judge for the cattle portion of the show was Chip Kemp, American Simmental Association director of member and industry relations. His winners in the Simmental portion included heifer calf champion honors to Key Lutrick, with a heifer sired by Houston X01, while Kayden Tanner won the reserve heifer calf honor with a Mr. HOC Broker son. Both heifers were sponsored by Elmore Cattle Services. The junior champion honors went to Jayci Phillips, with a FBFS Wheel Man 649W daughter from Circle M Farms, while Kayle Gillaspie, won the reserve title with a GLS New Direction X184 daughter from Baring Cattle Co. The senior division winner was Bailey Scogin, with a FBFS Wheelman 649W daughter from Triple C and Bryntlee Wilkerson won the reserve with a JF American Pride 0987X daughter from Circle M Farms. Lutrick saw his heifer calf win the grand title and the check for $1,500, while Phillips won $1,000. Both also received buckles.
There was only one entry in the Simbravieh show. The winner was Lauren Thomas with a LMC LF Revelee daughter from La Muneca Cattle Co. She won $100 and a buckle.
Calf champion in the Percentage Simbrah Show was exhibited by Gage Spence with a Hagan Arapaho 550A daughter from Hagan Cattle Co. Reserve calf honors went home Jordan Hovey with Mr Strack Y254 daughter from Hallak Ranch. Peyton Meuth won the junior champion honor with her Hagan Smith Hazard 51X daughter, sponsored by Hagan Cattle Co. Reserve junior champion title went to Avery Carpenter, with a Smith Matt N Black daughter sponsored by Walters Livestock. Sophia Palmore won the senior champion division with a Mr. HOC Broker daughter, sponsored by Smith Genetics, while Brennan Seal won the reserve with a Mr. Double S R95 daughter from JV Cattle Co. The Superbowl Grand Champion Percentage Heifer honor was won by Spence, while Palmore took the reserve grand honor. Spence received a buckle and $500, while Palmore received a buckle and $250.
In the purebred Simbrah show, Kemp awarded junior heifer calf champion honors to Caryle Rodenbeck with a RFI Real Deal heifer sponsored by Smith Genetics and Brinkley Beicker took the reserve junior calf honor with a Hagan Arapaho 550A daughter sponsored by Hagan Cattle Co. Senior heifer calf champion honors were won by Emily Denny with a LMC JWB Amigo 5U/286 daughter, sponsored by La Hacienda Hinojosa and reserve in that division went to Mikala Talley with a Hagan American Chopper daughter sponsored by Hagan Cattle Co. The junior champion title went to Caleb Richardson with his J7N Top Shelf Z04 daughter, sponsored by La Morra and Jane Hunt took the reserve honor with a 6G/LMC Ragin Cajun daughter, sponsored by La Muneca. Senior champion honors went to Caleb Fuchs with his 6G/LMC Rajin Cajun daughter from La Muneca and reserve went to Zach Mills with his Smith Satisfies daughter from Smith Genetics and Southwestern Farms. The grand honor, a buckle and $3,000 went to Fuchs, and Mills took home the reserve banner, buckle and $1,500.
At the conclusion of the show, the Superbowl sponsors awarded 40 scholarships in the amount of $250 each for a total of $10,000. The scholarship recipients included Andrew Cano, Elise Hesseltine, Waylon Hinze, Rachel Lewis, Lorelai Hill, Savannah Westbrook, Tyler Denny, Katlyn Brooks, Regan Merryfield, Travis Damazio, Seth Garrett, Brandon Hartney, Barrett Novak, Makenzie Sheffield, Lexington Higgins, Braden Roehling, Jerrell Willams II, Jane Hunt, Kenzie Martinez, Shelby Sliger, Avery Carpenter, Megan Rogers, Dalton Schmidt, Claudia Kirk, Miranda Skaggs, Ashley Mixon, Hallie Hackett, Zachary Wiley, Alexander Garrison, Brock Parker, Mia Barba, Kailey Critendon, Matthew Sanchez, Kasey Hamilton, Matthew Salinas, Jordan Hovey, Breyntlee Wilkerson, Kayla Boyett, Brinkley Beicker and Charles Schmidt.
Sponsors for the 2016 Superbowl are 5W Cattle Co., 6G Ranch, Baring Cattle Co., Blissard Cattle Company, Boening Brothers,Burch Farms, C2F Cattle Co., Circle M Farms, Diamond RF Cattle Co., Elmore Cattle Services, Foster Brothers, Freasier Ranch, Hagan Cattle Co., Hallak Ranch, Harris Farms, Hidden Oaks Cattle, JV Cattle Co., Knezek Simmental/Simbrah,La Hacienda Hinojosa, La Muneca Cattle Co., La Negra Cattle Co., La Morra Ranch, LPJ Ranch, McCrary Farms, Neumann Farms, Nieschwietz 7N Ranch, Pine Ridge Ranch, Reavis Farms, RGV Cattle Co., Seale Show Cattle, Smith Farms/Diamond C, Smith Genetics, Southern Jewel Cattle Co., Southwestern Farms, Temperance Livestock, Triple C Cattle, Triple J/Carpenter Ranch, Turkey Creek Cattle Co., and Walters Livestock.