Friendswood FFA Show Cattle Team member wins State and National Titles

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Gracie Kempken, a member of the Friendswood FFA Show Cattle Team, attended the 2017 Texas Junior Brangus Breeders Association State Show in Bryan, Texas in June. Gracie attended with her Black Brangus cow/calf pair to compete with other Brangus owners and breeders from all over the state.

DK Miss Loretta 594C (aka Doodlebug) along with her bull calf, GK Freight Train 594E were named the 2017 TJBBA Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair. This was Gracie and Doodlebug’s second time to bring home the title of Grand Champion at the TJBBA State Show.

After a few weeks of rest they traveled to Texarkana, Arkansas to attend the 2017 National Junior Brangus Show in July where this dynamic duo competed with Brangus breeders from other states including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas and Oklahoma. Gracie was thrilled with Doodlebug being awarded the title of Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair at her first National Show.

In addition to these impressive titles, Gracie competed in a Showmanship Showdown where she was named Reserve Champion in the intermediate division at the State Show and 8th out of 50 contestants at the National Show.

This is Gracie’s second year to be on the show cattle team and looks forward to working hard to continue her success in the show ring.