Issue #110 - Oct. 25, 2006

Longhorn News

News From Across the Cattle World

Longhorn Family News

Show Calendar

Sale Management

Marquess Arrow Ranch 2nd Annual Consignment Sale

October 21, 2006

Marquess Arrow Ranch, Ben Wheeler, TX

Sale Hosts: Ron and Barbara Marquess

Auctioneer: Col. Eddie Wood

Sale Hosts: Ron and Barbara Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX.

Beautiful weather with a light breeze kept the attendees cool for the 2 nd annual Marquess Arrow Ranch Sale in Ben Wheeler, TX. East Texas family hospitality was prevalent, as the Marquess’s welcomed all their visitors with open arms. The attendees were treated to hayrides and got to see up-close the beautiful Marquess Longhorns. Many snapped photos of the beautiful animals as they “mooed” their hellos.

Hey kid, share the lollypop! Colton Lathrom, Ben Wheeler, TX, feeds a Longhorn during the hayride.

Some of the cattle sauntered up to the tractor to munch on the hay bales that the attendees were sitting on. Many riders got to pet the gentle creatures as conversations about the excellent quality of the Marquess cattle sprang up.

Longhorns came right up to the hayride to greet the Marquess Ranch visitors.

Before the sale everyone dined on barbecue cooked by Wes Watson of Garvin, OK, with hospitality generously provided by the Marquess Ranch Crew.

Sale Host Ron Marquess thanked everyone for attending the 2 nd annual consignment sale just before Col. Eddie Wood rapped the gavel on the auction block and the Longhorn selling began.

Volume Buyers: Hudson Longhorns, Lott, TX; Panther Creek Ranch, Marlin, TX; Marquess Arrow Ranch, Ben Wheeler, TX; Rex Mosser, Midway, TX.

Joe Valentine, Marlin, TX, and Bill Hudson, Lott, TX.

Rex Mosser, Midway, TX, and Barbara Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX, during the sale.

Volume Sellers: Karl Wallace, Oakhurst, TX; Robert Guenther, Colfax, WA; John & Ursula Allen, Harper, TX; Larry and Marlene Abel, Alex, OK; Ron & Kevin Asbill, Tyler, TX; Charles Spencer, Sulphur Springs, TX; Stockton Ranches, Cleveland, TX.

High Selling Lot: $31,000 – NORMA REA LEIGH (2004 daughter of Feisty Lee and Sequeia). Consignor: Vicki’s Menagerie, Midway, TX. Buyer: Barbara Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX.

Here are just a few of photos from the sale.

Jim Bill Dodson, Okmulgee, OK; TLBAA President and CEO Don L. King; Sale Host Ron Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX; TLBAA Board Member Ronnie Cruce, Nortonville, KY.

Terry Noey, Gladewater, TX, with Tom Wittrock, Ardmore, OK, and Eula Baker, Gladewater, TX, at the Marquess Sale.

Don Limb, Washington, TX; Darlene Aldridge, Somerville, TX.

Be sure to check out the Web Gallery for more photos and look for the complete results in a future issue of the Trails.

Longhorns Win at the State Fair of Texas

This past weekend the 2006 Texas Longhorn Show at the State Fair of Texas was a great success with over 400 entries in this year’s show.

Participants showing their best Longhorns at the 2006 State Fair of Texas.

As champions were crowned, the Autobahn Motorcar Group Youth Scholarship Tour awarded approximately $30,000 in scholarship money to youth participants. Look for the show results in future issues of the E-Trails and the Trails.

2006 Fall Horn Showcase Just Around the Corner!

If you haven’t made plans to attend the biggest Horn Showcase ever, then time is running out! A record number 561 entries are in this year’s Horn Showcase event making this Horn Showcase a can’t miss Longhorn extravaganza!

Beginning on November 9, 2006, the Horn Showcase will continue through November 11 th at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, TX. Total Horn measurements will be taken on Thursday, November 9th at 2 pm. On Friday, November 10th, the Tip-to-Tip measurement will commence at 10 am sharp. The deadline for entries has passed, but you can still make plans to attend by calling the Radisson North Fort Worth, the official hotel of the Fall Horn Showcase, at (817) 625-9911 – ask for the TLBAA Fall Horn Showcase rate!

Don’t miss out on this record-breaking event showcasing the Great Texas Longhorn!

Fall Horn Showcase Banquet RSVP Update

Along with the biggest event of the Longhorn year the Fall Horn Showcase Awards Banquet and Fun Auction will be a hot ticket. At the Radisson Fort Worth North at 6 pm the TLBAA will honor the best of the best with awards and much, much more. *Please RSVP with the TLBAA Office by October 30th: Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Reserve your seats before they’re all gone. Call the TLBAA office today at (817) 625-6241!

Longhorn Art in Southlake, Texas Helps Raise Money for Projects

As a part of the City of Southlake’s 50th anniversary, the city has started it’s own stampede, of sorts. With a goal of having 50 Longhorn and 50 calf statues, one for each year of Southlake’s history, local artists and school children will paint these fiberglass statues. The effort isn’t just to commemorate the anniversary; the project is geared toward promoting awareness of interactive public art. Money raised from the sale of the calves will go towards art education programs, and benefit public art projects in Southlake. These statues will be on display for at least a year in and around the Southlake area.

Artists and school children will be taking these Longhorn Statues, painting them and then they will be displayed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Southlake, TX.

Each Longhorn, sponsored by Southlake residents and businesses, will ultimately be displayed either in a public place or wherever the sponsor wishes. Sponsorship of a full-sized Longhorn is $3,700 and $1,800 for a calf.

The statues weigh up to 150 pounds and measure 66 inches from the ground to the tips of their horns. After the artists and school children paint the statues the art will be finished with an auto-body clear coat for a high-gloss finish, which will protect them from the elements.

A broadcast news team reporting on the Southlake Longhorns.

Many of the sponsors have already taken receipt of their statues and they are turning up in some strange places. Outside a Chick-fil-A’s a yellow with red roses Longhorn watches the traffic on Kimball and Southlake Blvd. A Longhorn painted with the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa is expected to find its way to the Saber Holdings Corporation offices in Southlake. On November 18, ten more Longhorns are scheduled to go on display at the Southlake Town Square.

The Southlake Stampede is currently seeking more sponsors for the statues and welcomes interested parties to contact Milan Georgia at (817) 239-1047 for more information.

To find out more information about the Southlake Stampede click here to go to the Stampede’s Web site.

Drought Conditions Update

Dry conditions have gripped much of the Southwest; lack of rain has become real news for the Texas Longhorn industry. Click here for information about the seasonal drought conditions and updated national drought information directly from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Here is an additional weekly drought monitor from NOAA.

Weekly Hay Report from the Texas Department of Agriculture

Compared to last week: Trade and demand remains moderate, with firm undertone still noted. The end of the season and recent rains has slowed down production and movement all throughout Texas. Producers are trying to get the last of their cutting done. Supply is still very tight. The State of Texas Department of Agriculture has the Hay and Grazing Hot Line set up for buyers and sellers, number is 1-877-429-1998. The web site for TDA is For a hay report from a state other than Texas please click here.


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-Cole Dowden



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