Country's best Texas Longhorns revealed

Texas Longhorns Australia announce competition winners at AGM and presentation night

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The supreme exhibit of the Texas Longhorns Australia national show was the female, Kooroora Halloween, from Kooroora Longhorns, Scone.

The supreme exhibit of the Texas Longhorns Australia national show was the female, Kooroora Halloween, from Kooroora Longhorns, Scone.

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Members from across the country travelled to Tenterfield recently.

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New South Wales is cementing itself as home to some of the country's best Texas Longhorn genetics after a swag of breeders walked away with the top honours from recent breed competitions.

Following the cancellation of the breed's annual show in Scone last year, members from across the country travelled to Tenterfield recently to attend an AGM and presentation dinner.

It was there that the results of the halter show, complete animal show and horn measurement competitions, which were run virtually, were announced.

Phenotype and structure is still number one when judging the breed followed by colour, horn shape, horn set and temperament.

TLA life member Don Constable took on the job of halter show judge and declared Kooroora Halloween from Rodney, Kerry and Adelaide Cooper, Kooroora Longhorns, Scone the champion female of the show.

She was able to fight off champion bull N-Bar Outlaw from N-Bar Longhorns, Banana, Queensland to secure the supreme champion title.

Now three-year-old, Halloween was the first calf from the bargain buy Yarrow Creek Alien and sired by Southern Cross Ironbark boasting highly sought after breeding from America.

Mr Cooper, who is also the president of TLA, commended the quality of entries and the large number of children who got involved in the competitions.

His herd like many other members had been reduced during the drought, 55 head ended up at four heifers, four cows, a bull and a steer.

Ease of calving is a major asset to the breed and Mr Cooper said Texas Longhorns were gaining interest from producers post-drought.

"There seems to be a few getting around with the drought breaking and people have got that bit of extra feed so they are probably willing to take a risk and get into something different," he said.

"Understandably for a lot of people it is hard to get around that mindset of having an animal with horns but then people see the profit you can make form them with the horns, hide and good lean meat."

Of the 30 halter show award winners, 19 of them were secured by NSW breeders.

The prestige of the longest horns went across the border to HBL JR from Michael and Lynda Bethel of Horseshoe B Longhorns who measured 314 centimetres (124 inches).

Unfortunately the rising 16-year-old steer and 2013 Guinness World Record holder passed away in December.

Despite only taking place online this year, Adelaide Cooper still opened the 2020 show 'virtually' on the back of Koorooa Cowboy.

Despite only taking place online this year, Adelaide Cooper still opened the 2020 show 'virtually' on the back of Koorooa Cowboy.

From the 41 entrants the longest NSW representative was the 219 centimetres (86.5 inches) Southern Cross Salt from Don Constable, Galong, who placed second in the cow four to 11 years class.

Rounding out the awards was the complete animal competition which attracted 60 entries and was judged by Canada's Clinton Bezan.

This year's competition featured two new categories (cows and steers 12 years and over) to showcase the breeds longevity.

NSW winners were Southern Cross Renegade owned by Geoff and Belinda Dawson, Skinny Lizard Longhorns, Gunnedah was awarded champion bull while the Cooper family of Yarrow Creek Longhorns at Scone received reserve with Southern Cross Iron Bark.

The committee hope to hold a 'face to face' show this year on September 11 at Scone. The annual show will follow on September 12.

Halter show competition results

Purebred or Full Blood Heifer Up To 12 Months

1st Kooroora Space Cat, Owned by Kooroora Longhorns

2nd Kooroora Santa's Surprise, Owned by Kooroora Longhorns

3rd Kooroora Royal Cat, Owned by Kooroora Longhorns

Mixed Grade Heifer Up To 12 Months

1st Waratah Lena, Owned by Waratah Longhorns

Purebred or Full Blood Heifer 12-24 Months

1st YC Impressive Canvas, Owned by Yarrow Creek Longhorns

2nd N-Bar The Black Pearl, Owned by N-Bar Longhorns

3rd YC Tarne 1919, Owned by Yarrow Creek Longhorns

Mixed Grade Heifer 12-24 Months

1st Waratah Minstrel, Owned by Waratah Longhorns

Purebred or Full Blood Cow Over 24 Months

1st Kooroora Halloween, Owned by Kooroora Longhorns

Mixed Grade Cow Over 24 Months

1st Waratah Maggie, Owned by Waratah Longhorns

Purebred or Full Blood Steers, Any Age

1st Kooroora T-Bone, Owned by David Cooper

2nd YC 819, Owned by Yarrow Creek Longhorns

3rd Kooroora Cowboy, Owned by Kooroora Longhorns

Purebred or Full Blood Bull Up To 12 Months

1st N-Bar Outlaw, Owned by N-Bar Longhorns

2nd YC Rockman, Owned by Yarrow Creek Longhorns

3rd N-Bar Black Tie Affair, Owned by N-Bar Longhorns

Champion Female Of The 2020 Show

Kooroora Halloween, Owned by Kooroora Longhorns

Champion Bull Of The 2020 Show

N-Bar Outlaw, Owned by N-Bar Longhorns

Supreme Champion Of The 2020 Show

Kooroora Halloween, Owned by Kooroora Longhorns

Junior Paraders Under 21

1st Adelaide Cooper, Kooroora Longhorns

2nd John Lamb, N-Bar Longhorns

3rd Ilyssa Newbury, Yarrow Creek Longhorns

Pee-Wee Paraders 5 Years & Under

Jace Lamb, Hayden Kirstenfeldt & Johannah Lamb

Best Presented

Kooroora T-Bone, Owned by David Cooper

Most Enthusiastic

Hayden Kirstenfeldt

Showmanship Award Winners

John Lamb & Ilyssa Newbury

Costume Competition

1st Adelaide Cooper, Kooroora Longhorns

2nd Edie Newbury, Yarrow Creek Longhorns

3rd Ilyssa Newbury, Yarrow Creek Longhorns

Horn measurement competition results

Cow/Heifer Under 4 Years:

1ST HBL Laramie 75 1/2" Owned by Michael & Lynda Bethel

2nd YC Impressive Ale 817 59 5/8" Owned by the Newbury Family

3rd YC More Flash 717 59 1/2" Owned by the Newbury Family

Cow 4 to 11 Years:

1st HBL Milly 89 3/4" Owned by Michael & Lynda Bethel

2nd Southern Cross Salt 86 1/2" Owned by Don Constable

3rd Coolamon Simply Red 85 1/2" Owned by the Lamb Family

Cow 12 Years & Over:

1st Speargrass Wedding Belle 67" Owned by the Lamb Family

2nd Coolamon Rebel 62 1/4" Owned by the Lamb Family

3rd Skinny Lizard Sparkle 58 1/4" Owned by the Lamb Family

Steer Under 4 Years:

1st Kooroora Cowboy 71 5/8" Owned by Rodney, Kerry & Adelaide Cooper

2nd Kooroora Impression 71 1/4" Owned by David Cooper

3rd Speargrass Yella 67 29/32" Owned by Wayne & Melinda Jones & Lloyd Dahtler

Steer 4 to 11 Years:

1st HBL Newt 113 1/2" Owned by Michael & Lynda Bethel

2nd N-Bar Smile 86 5/8" Owned by Johannah Lamb

3rd YC Patches 86 13/32" Owned by Wayne & Melinda Jones & Lloyd Dahtler

Steer 12 Years & Over:

1st HBL JR 124" Owned by Michael & Lynda Bethel

2nd Coolamon Propper Red 80 23/32" Owned by John & Jan Bastardi

Bull Under 4 Years:

1st N-Bar Suits 58 3/8" Owned by the Lamb Family

2nd Kooroora Romeo 53 3/8" Owned by Rodney, Kerry & Adelaide Cooper

3rd N-Bar Iron Awe 50 3/4" Owned by the Lamb Family

Bull Over 4 Years:

1st Southern Cross Iron Bark 82 1/2" Owned by the Newbury Family

2nd D7 Spur Kidman 67" Owned by Barb Cormack

3rd Coolamon Pistol 60 7/16" Owned by Wayne & Melinda Jones & Lloyd Dahtler

Complete animal competition 

Cow/Heifer Under 4 Years:

1st GTL Pumpkin Patch Owned by The Lamb Family

2nd YC More Flash 717 Owned by The Newbury Family

3rd Kooroora Halloween Owned by Rodney, Kerry & Adelaide Cooper

Cow 4 to 11 Years:

1st Heart3C Bubbles Owned by the Lamb Family

2nd Southern Cross Irma Owned by Don & Julie Constable

3rd Skinny Lizard Drizzle Owned by Geoff & Belinda Dawson

Cow 12 Years & Over:

1st Coolamon Rebel Owned by the Lamb Family

2nd Speargrass Wedding Belle the Lamb Family

3rd Skinny Lizard Sparkle the Lamb Family

Steer Under 4 Years:

1st Kooroora T-Bone Owned by David Cooper

2nd Skinny Lizard Nitro Owned by Geoff & Belinda Dawson

3rd Skinny Lizard Bucko Owned by Geoff & Belinda Dawson

Steer 4 to 11 Years:

1st HBL Newt Owned by Michael & Lynda Bethel

2nd N-Bar Smile Owned by Johannah Lamb

3rd Skinny Lizard Rastus Owned by Geoff & Belinda Dawson

Steer 12 Years & Over:

1st HBL JR Owned by Michael & Lynda Bethel

2nd Coolamon Propper Red Owned by John & Jan Bastardi

Bull Under 4 Years:

1st N-Bar Iron Awe Owned by the Lamb Family

2nd Kooroora Romeo Owned by Rodney, Kerry & Adelaide Cooper

3rd N-Bar Outlaw Owned by the Lamb Family

Bull 4 Years & Over:

1st Southern Cross Renegade Owned by Geoff & Belinda Dawson

2nd Southern Cross Iron Bark Owned by the Newbury Family

3rd D7 Spur Kidman Owned by Barb Cormack

Champion bull:

Southern Cross Renegade, owned by Skinny Lizard Longhorns.

Reserve champion bull:

Southern Cross Iron Bark, owned By Yarrow Creek Longhorns.

Champion Cow:

Heart3C Bubbles, owned by N-Bar Longhorns.

Reserve Champion Cow:

Coolamon Rebel, owned by N-Bar Longhorns.

Champion Steer:

HBL JR, owned by Horseshoe B Longhorns.

Reserve Champion Steer:

Kooroora T-Bone, owned by David Cooper and Family.

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