Fort Worth Stock Show And Rodeo Names Grand Champion Steer

Andrew Greenstein
February 08, 2019 - 3:22 pm

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A 13-year-old Abilene girl has the grand champion steer at the 2019 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

The top prize goes to a two-year-old European Crossbred named Bentley.

He was raised by Aven Horn, who says Bentley was a pleasure to bring up.

“He has a great personality and is always just so loving and kind towards people,” Aven says. “Even if we're having a bad day or something. He's always so kind.”

To say that Aven is thrilled is putting it lightly.

“It is an awesome feeling, because I know there's a lot of great competition here and it just feels great to win,” Aven says.

Aven’s mother, Brek Horn, couldn’t be any prouder.

“We're so proud of the steer,” Horn says. “We're proud of our daughter, and it's just the tip of the iceberg for us, awesome.”

Aven says it takes a lot of hard work to raise a grand champion steer.

“You have to get up, wash them, make sure that their skin quality is good,” Aven says. “You have to make sure they have really good hair, and then you have to make sure you're feeding them right and that they act good, so you have to work with them every day so that they act good in the ring.”

Aven says raising livestock is in her blood.

“My dad and my mom both did this when they were little, so I was raised around it,” Aven says. “I started showing steers in third grade.”

Bentley will now be the first steer to be sold at the junior sale of champions.

Aven, who says she would like to attend Texas A&M, says she will use the hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale for her college education.

That’s music to her mother’s ears.

“It takes a big burden off of us as parents because it helps to supplement her college fund,” Brek Horn says.