Fort Worth Stock Show

Women make a loud statement at Sale of Champions

Women Steering Business purchased Myka Blissard's reserve grand champion steer J.Z. $150,000 at the Stock Show’s Sale of Champions.
Women Steering Business purchased Myka Blissard's reserve grand champion steer J.Z. $150,000 at the Stock Show’s Sale of Champions. Star-Telegram

The women in red were loud and proud Saturday.

Representing the Women Steering Business group, the more than 100 women bought the reserve grand champion steer for $150,000 during the Fort Worth Stock Show’s annual Sale of Champions.

Members raised about $210,000 this year to buy animals from girls, said Becky Borbolla, the group’s president and founder.

When Borbolla began bidding on the reserve grand champion, fellow member and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price was bouncing in her seat as auctioneer Doak Lambert’s voice rattled out again and again.

Price and her sisters erupted in joy when Lambert pointed at them and said they’d bought the black-and-white European crossbred, shown by Myka Blissard of Big Spring.

“Our focus is on girls,” Price said. “There are a lot more girls in this year’s show, and they’ve done well this year.”

This is the women’s third year to bid as a group, said Price, who added that it comprises 125 women in business, industry and politics.

Other women also pooled their resources for a specific purpose. The 30 members of Ladies on the Lamb brought $100,000 to the sale.

Ladies on the Lamb, in its 15th year as a Sale of Champions player, bought the reserve grand champion lamb — shown by Brynn Owen, 15, of Canyon — for $30,000.

“We do this so the kids who raise lambs can go on to college,” club founder Rebecca Clegg Emery said. “We follow them as they show year after year.”

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