Before the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was forced to shut down due to coronavirus concerns, Sealy FFA members earned ribbons in various show categories.
Emily Askew finished in the top 25% of her class in the market goat category at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo a couple of weeks ago. In Houston just last week, she earned reserve champion in Class 12 for the red ribbon.
Senior John Owen was able to show his goat one last time on the green shavings of the HLSR and took home sixth place in Class 16. Also exhibiting a goat was Sterling Michalke who represented Sealy in Class 13.
In the rabbit pen category, a pair of Sealy FFA members earned top finishes with Emmy McDaniel taking 14th overall, and fifth place in the costume competition, while Nicholas McDaniel earned 27th.
Although the rest of the livestock show was canceled, Rodeo Houston announced “all entry fees for exhibitors who were unable to compete” will be refunded in a statement released Sunday, March 15. It also mentioned that a plan is being worked on “to support the junior exhibitors, including heifer exhibitors, with plans to be announced soon.”
“We are deeply saddened by the recent closing of the 2020 Rodeo and the impact this has had on our livestock and horse show exhibitors,” the release states. “Our exhibitors work year-round to prepare their projects to show each year. For the school art and lamb and goat competitions that were held, exhibitors will be paid their guaranteed premiums which they earned … As a part of this plan, we will be having an online auction in place of the planned junior auctions.
“In addition to these online auctions,” it continues, “we have set up a page where individuals can donate specifically to the junior exhibitors. Donations may be made on our website (https://secure.rodeohouston.com/donate/?code=ForTheKids).”
Not only that, but HLSR also reinforced its promise to provide scholarship and grant money that students had been working toward.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to Texas youth and education,” the release says. “Each year, the Rodeo awards more than 800 scholarships. In the fall, the rodeo committed to awarding $14.2 million in scholarships, $3.7 million in educational program grants and $662,000 in graduate assistantships in 2020. The rodeo will honor these commitments.”