The 2011 National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show sponsored by the American Gelbvieh Association was held Monday, January 10 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. A total of 208 Gelbvieh and Balancer bull and female entries were exhibited. Chris Mullinix, El Dorado, Kan., evaluated the 66 Gelbvieh females, 36 Gelbvieh bulls, 63 Balancer females and 43 Balancer bulls.
Taking home the honors of grand champion Gelbvieh female was TFLK Whitney 251W ET, exhibited by Green Hills Gelbvieh, Mount Ulla, N.C., and David Rea, Berthoud, Colo. She is a March 2009 purebred female sired by RTRT Solution and was first named champion junior heifer.
The reserve grand champion Gelbvieh female came out of the spring heifer calf division. JDPD Dream Child 459S ET, exhibited by The Dromgoole’s Heaven, Richmond, Texas, claimed the honors. She is a March 2010 daughter of Western Hauler 028S.
In the Gelbvieh bull show, BEA 001X exhibited by Jim and Barb Beastrom, Pierre, S.D., was named grand champion Gelbvieh bull. A purebred red bull born in February 2010, he is sired by RID R Collateral 2R and was first named champion winter bull calf. Prior to the national show, BEA 001X was also named the champion of the 2011 Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity. He is only the third bull in the fourteen year history of the Gelbvieh futurity to win both the futurity and national show in the same year.
The reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull was exhibited by Davidson Gelbvieh, Ponteix, Saskatchewan, Canada. DVE Davidson Romance 116W is a March 2009 son of Mambo 32T. This bull was first named champion junior bull.
The grand champion Balancer female in the national show was EGL Tessa W102 ET exhibited by Eagle Pass Ranch, Mansfield, S.D., and LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kan. She is a January 2009 daughter of EGL Tenderloin N407 and was first named champion junior heifer.
Coming out of that same junior heifer division was the reserve grand champion Balancer female. BVLK Martini 905W is a March 2009 daughter of LaGrand MAF Antidote and was exhibited by Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D.
Jumping Cow Gelbvieh, Ramah, Colo., exhibited the grand champion Balancer bull. JCGR BAR GT Cross Fire 500W ET is a July 2009 son of RID R Collateral 2R. This bull first claimed the intermediate bull division and was a runner-up in the 2011 People’s Choice Balancer Bull Futurity held prior to the national show at the NWSS.
Exhibiting the reserve grand champion Balancer bull was Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. GGGE 3G Warlock 928W is a February 2009 daughter of 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors, and was first the junior bull champion.
Taking home the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards was Jumping Cow Gelbvieh.