Members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) met in Bryan-College Station,
Texas for the annual national Gelbvieh junior show. The Lone Star Classic was held July 5-10 and
was hosted by the Texas Gelbvieh Junior Association.
A total of 160 Gelbvieh and Balancer animals were exhibited by 104 junior members
representing 17 states across the U.S. During the week-long event, the juniors not only competed in
the showring but also participated in educational contests including carcass evaluation, livestock
judging, team fitting, quiz bowl, sales talk, poster design, photography, advertising design, creative
writing and impromptu speaking.
“Participating in a national level show provide an excellent opportunity for young Gelbvieh
breeders to enhance their breeding programs through exposure in competitive shows and contests.
Just as importantly, the networking opportunities provided at these events create lasting
connections not only in the Gelbvieh breed, but within the beef industry as well,” says Dana
Stewart, American Gelbvieh Association director of member services and AGJA advisor.
Clint Rusk, Brookings, S.D., evaluated the national junior Gelbvieh show. AGJA members
exhibited 76 Gelbvieh females and six bred and owned Gelbvieh bulls. Blake Nelson, Warner,
Okla., evaluated the 55 Balancer females, eight bred and owned Balancer bulls and 17 market
The grand champion Gelbvieh female was a cow-calf pair exhibited by Kolby Perry, Conroe,
Texas. JDPD Rumor Had It 407U is a February 6, 2010 daughter of RTRM Headline. The reserve
champion Gelbvieh female was JCGR BAR GT PrettyWoman 532UET, exhibited by Wyatt Taylor,
Kiowa, Colo. She is an August 12, 2008 daughter of RID R Collateral 2R.
Exhibiting the champion bred and owned Gelbvieh female was Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D.
BVLK U121 is a November 10, 2008 daughter of ELK CK Crazy Horse 138P. Emily Griffiths,
Kendallville, Ind., had the reserve champion bred and owned Gelbvieh female with a cow-calf pair.
GGGE 3G Cowgirl Ultrabright 890U is a May 8, 2008 daughter of GGGE 3G Rio Bravo 564R.
The grand champion Gelbvieh bull was exhibited by Collin Berkley, Osborne, Kan. COLB MR
Xavier X812 is a 2/18/10 son of OZZ EXT Govenor 3N. The reserve champion Gelbvieh bull was
BVLK Tator 906W, exhibited by Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D. He is a March 16, 2009 son of BABR
Who Hott 552R.
In the Balancer show, the grand champion Balancer female was also a cow-calf pair exhibited
by Tricia Goes, Odell, Neb. PMG Uma 802U ET is a 1/16/08 daughter of C A Future Direction 532.
The reserve champion Balancer female and champion bred and owned Balancer female was
exhibited by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. GGGE 3G X-Factor 014X is a January 6, 2010
daughter of GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET.
Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D. exhibited the reserve champion bred and owned Balancer
female. BVLK Martini 905W is a March 22, 2009 daughter of LaGrand MAF Antidote 577.
The grand champion Balancer bull was exhibited by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. GGGE 3G
Warlock 928W is a 2/7/09 son of GGGE 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors. Justin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C. had the
reserve champion Balancer bull with GHGF Gin 98W, a February 11, 2009 son of B C Matrix 4132.
In the Gelbvieh market steer show, grand champion market steer was exhibited by Tanner
Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb. Reserve champion market steer was exhibited by Grace Hammer,
Competing in a national showmanship competition is one of the highlights of a Gelbvieh junior’s
year. The champion junior showperson was Courtney Larson, Argonia, Kan. The reserve junior
honors went to Morgan Winchester, Jasper, Mo. In the intermediate division, champion went to
Chandler Ladner, Agronia, Kan., and reserve was Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan. The champion
senior showperson was Tahanee Embry, Priddy, Texas. The reserve senior showperson honors
went to Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D.
Throughout the week of the Gelbvieh Junior Classic, junior members earn points for the All-
Around competition by competing in the educational contests. The top All-Around winner for the
2010 Lone Star Classic was Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo. The runner-ups in the All-Around
competition are as follows: 2nd Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; 3rd Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan.;
4th Justin Vehige, Bonnots Mills, Mo.; 5th Sydney Wilkinson, Model, Colo.; 6th Chisum Grund,
Sharon Springs, Kan.; 7th Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill.; 8th Morgan Winchester, Jasper, Mo.; 9th
Courtney Spencer, Aurora, Mo.; and 10th Kolby Perry, Conroe, Texas.
The Rookie of the Year honors the first-time Junior Classic participant that earns the most
points in competition. The 2010 AGJA Lone Star Classic Rookie of the Year was Connor Durham,
For complete coverage of the 2010 AGJA Lone Star Classic visit www.www.gelbvieh.org. The 2011
American Gelbvieh Junior Association Junior Classic is scheduled for July 3-8 in Kearney, Neb. For
more information about the American Gelbvieh Junior Association contact the American Gelbvieh
Association at 303-465-2333 or visit http://www.www.gelbvieh.org/mainjr2.html.