|Here is where it all started my friends|
Then, I decided to pull out the 19(insert date unknown, I think I would get in trouble) to try and find some pictures of my mom and her sister/brother during their glory days. And man, I hit the jackpot. So, let it begin.
Before you scroll down and see all these fantastic pictures, please say a prayer for me that my mother and aunt don't skin me alive for posting these on the world wide web. But, I mean hey, they're already in print.
It all started when I found this glorious picture of my mother - showmanship winner at the American Royal, and her sister, who was the International Brangus Queen at the time.
|Man, I wish I could've lived in the 70's.|
Then, I flipped a couple pages back and found my aunt, being crowned the very first International Brangus Queen. Cue the emotional, sappy, "my roots run deep in the Brangus breed" moment.
|Things were grand back then - roses and cowboy hats, it doesn't get much better.|
Here's a picture I found rather entertaining. Now, granted I know cattle were a smidge taller in the 70's, and I know my aunt is not the tallest person in our family, but this picture really puts it into perspective!
|P.S. In case you were wondering, this was the Grand Champion Bull at Houston!|
Now, for a little queen break. I switched to the next edition, and found an article about a young man, freshly graduated from South Dakota State University, named ranch manager of a new herd. Today, this man should be known as one of the most influential individuals in the Brangus breed.
|Comment below if you can name this founder of Gene Trust!|
And then a moment that made me proud to be a Brangus breeder! Check out this bull who sold for 1/6 interest and 1/2 possession in 1979 for $95,000.
|If you're in the Brangus breed, you have probably heard of Titan.|
And then! Here is where it began to become a tear jerker, my mother was selected as the second International Brangus Queen.
|My aunt crowning my mom; one of my favorite pictures!|
In her article after being crowned queen, my mother writes about the positives of raising and exhibiting Brangus, including this excerpt:
"Brangus are adequate in size but but are not too big
- like some exotics and other crossbreds -
where they aren't fertile and can't produce calves annually."
If you know my mother, you know some things never change. She still has a deep rooted love for Brangus and unwavering positivity about their strengths.
But, in all reality, I'm not really sure who was queen at this time. I think Aunt Gaye and mom wanted to share queen duties:
|New Mexico State Fair 1979 Grand Bull - Gaye is queen|
|New Mexico State Fair 1979 Grand Heifer - Jodi is queen|
Also, if you notice in the Grand Heifer picture, the showman has a cigar in his mouth. When you win, you do as you please.
I know some people will enjoy this blog post more than others. But, to me, it really is special. My family roots run generations deep in this breed, and I will forever be proud of the way I was raised, and these wonderful critters I got to grow up around.