February 8, 2013

'Lunchbox' named Grand Champion at Stock Show

Owned by Stock Martin, 12, of Hereford, Lunchbox joins a streak of European crossbred steers who have won the coveted title.

A 7-month-old black European crossbred steer named Lunchbox won grand champion at the Fort Worth Stock Show Friday.

Stock Martin, the 12-year-old boy from Hereford who showed Lunchbox, is no stranger to the winner’s circle, having won reserve grand champion steer at the Stock Show last year and grand champion steer at the State Fair of Texas in the fall.

"It's so exciting I can’t explain it," Stock said, as he answered questions from the news media after his big win, exchanging high fives and big smiles with family members and a tearful hug with his mother, Sherri Martin. "We knew we had a good one when he was born."

Lunchbox will be sold in the Stock Show’s annual show-ending Junior Sale of Champions Saturday morning. If history is any guide, Lunchbox will bring more than $200,000 that will be funnelled into Stock’s college savings and toward buying more cattle.

A 1,328-pound-European crossbred won last year's Grand Champion title. Spider Monkey, shown by 18-year-old Cuatro Schauer of Beeville, was purchased for $230,000 - the highest price paid for the top steer in the event's 116-year history.

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