Tyler Buchanon, Caleb Hines and Breanna Beckendorf, members of Future Farmers of America of Kaufman, each caught a calf during the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble. Jayce Gore of Combine, a member of Crandall FFA, also caught a calf.
Each earned a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $16,000 in scholarship awards.
Tyler’s parents are Jason Buchanon and Alexis Buchanon. His award was sponsored by Deen Meat & Cooked Foods.
Breanna parents are Brian Beckendorf and Michelle Beckendorf. Her award was sponsored by G&L Mechanical.
Jayce’s parents are Jason and Sheri Gore. Jayce’s award was sponsored by Larry Broseh.
Caleb’s parents are James Hines and Donna Hines. Caleb Hines’s award was sponsored by Verde Equity Ventures.
One of the Stock Show’s most iconic and popular events, the Calf Scramble gives 20 students an opportunity to catch 10 calves during one of 22 performances of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which runs through Saturday. Those not catching calves receive a pair of Justin Boots courtesy of the western footwear maker. Justin Boots and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are overall underwriters for the legendary Calf Scramble Program.
Since the Fort Worth Calf Scramble began in 1987, more than 7,600 4-H and FFA members were able to catch a calf in the rodeo arena for a combined $3.8 million in Heifer Purchase Certificates. Winners of the calf scramble use the purchase certificate toward the cost of a heifer that they will raise and exhibit at next year’s Stock Show. Exhibitors who submit monthly reports and a final essay may be eligible for scholarship awards that can range between $500 and $16,000. Thanks to the efforts of the Calf Scramble Sponsors and Committee members, 1,478 of those winners received a combined total of $2.94 million in scholarships.