American Shorthorn Association Announces National Show Animals of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (May 15, 2024) – The American Shorthorn Association announces the 2023-2024 National Show Animals of the Year. Awards will be presented to owners during the 2024 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 26th in Kansas City, Mo.

The 2023-2024 show season was comprised of two super national & five national shows occurring between April 2023 and March 2024. Qualifying animals exhibited at a minimum of two shows during the show season, acquiring points at each for their placings in class, division and overall.

“Shorthorn breeders and exhibitors alike have brought the best of the best to each show ring this past year, we are excited to recognize the efforts made by Shorthorn exhibitors.” explains Wade Minihan, Director of Shows for the American Shorthorn Association.

Claiming reign as the National Shorthorn Show Female of the Year was CF Crystal Lucy 230 RK X ET shown by Paige Wickard and Carter Wickard of Wilkinson, Ind.

Armstrong Farms of Saxonburg, Pa., Little Cedar Cattle Company of Beaverton, Mich. and The Bollum Family of Austin, Minn. campaigned BFS LCCC AFLC Direct Deposit 2254 ET and was named the National Shorthorn Show Bull of the Year.

S/T CULL Dream of Me 3011 ET exhibited by Whitney Swaim of Rockville, Ind. claimed the title of National ShorthornPlus Show Female of the Year.

TESCC Almighty Zeus 755J ET owned by Mitchell Barros of Owasso, Okla. garnished the National ShorthornPlus Show Bull of the Year award.

More information regarding the ASA Show System, including participating shows and point distribution may be found at https://shorthorn.org/24-25-asa-shows/

Ownership provided is reflective of ownership during the awarded show season.

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The American Shorthorn Association’s mission is to serve all members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry.

American Shorthorn Association Honors National Show Animals of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 3, 2023) – Members of the American Shorthorn Association gathered for the 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 21st, 2023 in Kansas City, Mo. During the Awards Luncheon, the 2022-2023 show animals of the year were recognized for their accomplishments.

The 2022-2023 show season was comprised of two super national & five national shows occurring between April 2022 and March 2023. Qualifying animals exhibited at a minimum of two shows during the show season, acquiring points at each for their placings in class, division and overall.

“Recognizing our top show animals each fall allows our breeders and exhibitors the recognition they deserve for their achievements,” explains Wade Minihan, Director of Shows for the American Shorthorn Association. “Our exhibitors exceed at representing the Shorthorn breed and the type of cattle our breeders are working to produce.”

Claiming reign as the National Shorthorn Show Female of the Year was CF CSF Dream Lady 140 HC X ET shown by Miller Smith of Pendleton, Ind.

Little Cedar Currency 2146 owned by Leemon Cattle Company of Fairland, Okla., Little Cedar Cattle Company of Beaverton, Mich. and Delisle Farms of Gladwin, Mich. succeeded in being named the National Shorthorn Show Bull of the Year.

SULL Fancy Cherri 1221J ET owned by Carter Kornegay of Tulsa, Okla. claimed the title of National ShorthornPlus Show Female of the Year.

TSSC BT Limit UP 1099J ET campaigned by Schaeffer Show Cattle, Hagerstown, Ind. garnished the National ShorthornPlus Show Bull of the Year award.

More information regarding the ASA Show System, inclusive of participating shows and point distribution may be found at shorthorn.org.

Ownership provided is reflective of ownership during the awarded show season.

About ASA

The mission of the American Shorthorn Association is to serve and empower the members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry. Visit www.shorthorn.org to learn more.

American Shorthorn Association | 7607 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64151 | Phone 816.599.7777

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American Shorthorn Association Releases 150th Anniversary Commemorative Painting

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (February 8, 2022) – “America’s First-Shorthorns Across America”, a limited-edition painting by renowned livestock illustrator and artist C. J. Brown has been released for public purchase. The painting was commissioned by the American Shorthorn Association to celebrate the 150th year of the American Shorthorn Association and will be treasured by many Shorthorn enthusiasts for years to come.

To commemorate each year of Shorthorns in the past, 150 limited-edition prints have been commissioned and released. The original painting will hang indefinitely in the American Shorthorn Association headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

During the 2022 National Shorthorn Sale, The Summit at Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the first six artist proofs were sold as a donation for $20,000. These profits, and all print sale profits will benefit the Shorthorn Youth Development Fund Foundation (SYDF). The purpose of the SYDF is to provide financial support to sustain and expand the National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference held annually.

Also sold during The Summit Sale as a unique registration number to the American Shorthorn Association of Registration Number: ‘1872’, representing the beginning of the American Shorthorn Association. With profits benefiting the SYDF, this special registration number sold for $5,500 to Paint Valley Farms of Millersburg, Ohio.

“It was exciting to see the breed rally around the 150th Celebration while supporting the youth of the breed.” comments Montie D. Soules, Executive Secretary/CEO of the American Shorthorn Association.

C.J. Brown remarks that she “was honored to be commissioned to create this piece by the American Shorthorn Association in celebration of their 150th anniversary. This is a great keepsake to remember the 150th anniversary of the Shorthorn legacy for all involved in the breed.”

To purchase your print before they are sold out, contact the American Shorthorn Association.

National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Program Features Shorthorn Steers

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (January 24, 2022) – The Catch-A-Calf program at the National Western has welcomed nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H families throughout the western United States in its 80-plus years. The American Shorthorn Association is honored to announce that the 2021-2022 program featured Shorthorn steers provided by Peak View Ranch of Fowler, Colorado. This involvement aligns perfectly as the American Shorthorn Association celebrates its 150th Anniversary as a breed association in America.

“The American Shorthorn Association is the oldest beef breed association in the US. As a result, Shorthorns pulled the wagons, provided milk and beef as the west was settled. Today we are proud to have a long history with the NWSS and provide Shorthorn cattle for the youth of our industry to gain this experience,” explains Montie D. Soules, Executive Secretary/CEO of the American Shorthorn Association. “Marking our 150th year with 40 Shorthorn steers being raised by 4-H members across the western United States, exemplifies the strength in our breed as it continues to excel today.”

“Shorthorn cattle are the beginning of cattle in America. They are integral in many of the breeds that exist today, and we are celebrating that this year,” comments Trish Leone of Peak View Ranch on the importance of ASA’s 150th Celebration.

Each January participants gather in Denver, Colorado to catch a calf; if successful, members continue to feed and raise the steer throughout the coming year and return one year later with a market-ready animal to exhibit at the National Western Stock Show. Participates are judged on showmanship, record books and a personal interview; steers are judged on production and carcass quality.

The American Shorthorn Association sponsored more than 70 individual awards and prizes for the program in categories from interview, production, record book, sponsor relations, live evaluation, showmanship and overall champions.

Rick Leone of Peak View Ranch adds, “Shorthorns have such an advantage in terms of docility, gain and yield grade. With such a rich tradition of family involvement, Shorthorn’s are great first project for kids.”

The 2022 Grand Champion Catch-A-Calf steer was exhibited by Cami Miller of El Dorado, Kansas, congratulations to all participants! Individual interested in participating in future years can find applicant information at nationalwestern.com.

Best of the Barns Recognizes Shorthorns in Two Award Categories

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 21, 2022) – The most prestigious awards in the livestock industry, the Best of the Barns recognizes the American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) in two 2021 award categories.

The National Junior Shorthorn Show held in Louisville, Kentucky received 10,735 votes, winning the ‘Most Enjoyable Junior Nationals’ award for the second year in a row. This past National Junior Shorthorn Show set records for entries with over 900 entries from 28 states. The AJSA strives to engage its members in opportunities that develop character, promote valuable skills and build life-long friendships.

“We call ourselves the family friendly breed, and if you know the people in the breed, you know it is true. It is what makes us really special and keeps families coming back.” says Shelby Diehm, AJSA Director of Youth Activities. “It is very exciting to win most enjoyable junior national for the second year in a row”.

Going above and beyond, Diehm was recognized in the Best of the Barns awards as the Best Jr. Activities Director, receiving an impressive 11,731 votes.

“It is an honor to win best junior activity director this year. I am coming up on six years with the ASA and AJSA and I love my job more and more each day.” As Director of Youth Activities, Diehm oversees the annual Junior Nationals and serves as the AJSA Junior Board Adviser.

Diehm goes onto say she is “truly blessed to be surrounded by the best junior board who make my job even better. The Shorthorn youth and their families are what make my job and junior national the best”

The Best of the Barns nationwide awards program recognizes the best of the best within the livestock industry. For a complete list of award winners visit pulse.sullivansupply.com.

The 2022 National Junior Shorthorn Show is June 19-25 in Kansas City, Mo. Visit www.juniorshorthorn.org for more information.

American Shorthorn Association Elects New Board Members and Officers

During the American Shorthorn Association Annual Meeting on October 23, delegates from across the country gathered to elect new ASA board members and officers at the Hilton Kansas City Airport.

The nominating committee submitted three candidates for the available positions. Jeff Bedwell of Isabella, Okla., Toby Jordan of Rensselaer, Ind. and John Sonderman of Columbus, Neb. All three will serve a three-year term; Bedwell will serve his first term, Jordan and Sonderman will serve their second term.

The board elected new officers for the nine-member board. Joe Bales of Morristown, Tenn. was elected president and John Sonderman of Columbus, Neb. was elected Vice President. Dave Greenhorn of Waynesville, Ohio was appointed as the Executive Director. They serve alongside Board Members Toby Jordan of Indiana, Jerrell Crow of Oklahoma, Lee Miller of Ohio, John Russell of Texas, Mark Gordon of Illinois and Jeff Bedwell of Oklahoma.

During the meeting, the association recognized Hugh Mooney of Calif. for his six years on the Board of Directors. Most recently, Mooney served as President following his time as a director and Vice-President.