Special to the Reporter

Glen Rose - International Texas Longhorn Association members and Texas Longhorn enthusiasts from around the globe will attend the 2009 ITLA Convention and Championship Show on October 21-24 at the Somervell County Exposition Center.  Visitors to this annual event will enjoy the association’s love and passion for the Texas Longhorn breed with exciting activities for young and old. From the championship shows to the Longhorn Costume Contest and from seminars to socials, the activity-packed, four-day event will include something for everyone.

The Non-Haltered Championship Show will be judged by Larry Lonero, owner and operator of Bar L Cattle Company in Brenham.

The Haltered Championship Show will be judged by Lizz Huntzberry from Hagerstown, Md. Huntzberry, owner of Cold Spring Cattle Company, has judged Longhorn cattle in several states including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Texas. The Championship Youth Show will be judged by Shadow Seaman, owner of Victory Ranch Longhorns in Filer, Idaho.

The Longhorn Costume Contest allows ITLA members to express their creative side and entertain the audience. The tradition has very simple rules, to be accompanied by a steer and be an ITLA member. Contestants will be dressed in different costumes and use a variety of props. Past participants in the contest have included Beauty and the Beast, Elvis and characters from the “Wizard of Oz.”

The Call of the Horns contest will determine who has the biggest horns in two competitions: Tip to Tip and Around the Poll. The Tip to Tip category measures the spread from the tip of one horn to the other horn. Around the Poll competition measures the total horn structure.

In addition to the championship shows and contests, several seminars, business meetings and trade shows will take place. The seminars will educate members on utilizing the Internet to attract customers, marketing Texas Longhorns, breeding for excellence and information on the latest artificial insemination, embryo transfer and sonogram technology available, among others. 

Texas Longhorn breeders, raisers and visitors will attend the conference and be surrounded by others with a similar passion for the resilient breed.