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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2009, 01:05:18 PM »
I hear about this scramble stuff what are you all talking about? Explain to us Northern's ;) Is it like a grease pig chase?

Exactly!  The scramblers are competing to catch a calf in the arena by hand only.  They must then take a halter and put it on the calf's head and lead it into a designated area to complete the task.  Keep in mind this is done in half of the rodeo arena and the calves are very rank and have not had a halter on them before.  Those who catch in Houston receive a $1500 certificate that they use to purchase a heifer and return and show the next year.  The money is raised through donors to help kids purchase an animal.

wow, that is super cool!
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2009, 01:10:39 PM »
I forgot to add these calves are large, my oldest son is 6'1" 175 lbs. and believe me he had his hands full.  I really respect the young girls that accomplish this task, or as my oldest son says "Those girls are gritty".
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2009, 01:26:59 PM »
thank you for explaining! great concept. We do'nt have anything like that up here.
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2009, 01:34:39 PM »
I hear about this scramble stuff what are you all talking about? Explain to us Northern's ;) Is it like a grease pig chase?

Exactly!  The scramblers are competing to catch a calf in the arena by hand only.  They must then take a halter and put it on the calf's head and lead it into a designated area to complete the task.  Keep in mind this is done in half of the rodeo arena and the calves are very rank and have not had a halter on them before.  Those who catch in Houston receive a $1500 certificate that they use to purchase a heifer and return and show the next year.  The money is raised through donors to help kids purchase an animal.

wow, that is super cool!

I dont know if they still do it but this is how they use to do the catch a calf contest at Aksarben, those that caught a calf would get a calf to raise and keep books on and then bring it back the next year to show.
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2009, 04:28:10 PM »
sawboss... how big do you think the calves are ??? 200 lbs or so?about six weeks?

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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2009, 05:00:27 PM »
I know the steer was out of Heatwave but who breed him??

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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2009, 09:56:52 PM »
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sawboss... how big do you think the calves are  200 lbs or so?about six weeks?
The Austin and San Antonio scrambles aren't sadistic and use calves that meet that description in regularly sized rodeo arenas.

Houston evidently hates kids and uses feeder steers in the 350lb or so weight range in an arena the size of a football field.  Kids these days have it easy though, us old timers had to run around the Astrodome arena that was roughly the size of a baseball field.

After catching easily in San Antonio I didn't catch a calf on the initial wave in Houston.  I was so scared of not catching a calf that I stayed at a full sprint just running around in hopes of passing out or getting injured and getting a hard luck calf.  About the time I had given up all hope, I ran into a calf that seemed to come out of nowhere and we collided (not sure who "caught" who).  It landed on top of me and I still remember whispering "thank you thank you thank you" into it's ear and pecking it on the cheek.  They put me on oxygen for about 30-minutes once I got across the line...
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2009, 10:03:35 PM »
Calf scramble sounds fun ! What about the Shorthorn Show - steers and heifers ?
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2009, 10:21:46 PM »
Took three calves and placed all three, a gert and two charolais

That'll work!  Your kids or calves you sold?  How were your Charolais calves bred?
One was a Lead On X Heatwave and the other was out of a power plus son and an charolais cow. Sorry it took so long. thanks the kids were also recognized for the good herdsman award.
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2009, 10:55:42 PM »
I caught in the Astrodome one year. Used my head for once in my life (let the other kids get the calves tried); but when I caught the calve I found out he wasn't as tried as I thought he was. Seating up in those seats the arena didn't look that big; but it was big. 
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2009, 11:02:10 PM »
I've got a good friend who won the "worst wreck" award at the Houston Rodeo one time.  He had a bull knock him out cold, then while being hung up & knocked out, the bull made 2 laps inside the enormous arena with him still attached.  They gave him a free airfare for a year.  Seriously, he'd grab his rodeo gear & walk up to any airport & hand them a credit card he'd been issued, they'd scan it, then he was off.  He always said if he'd been conscious during the ordeal it might've spooked him, but he thought he got off easy 'cause he was knocked out.  He said when he came to, Cody Lambert asked him "Shawn, you alright?"  He said yeah & Cody said "Good, 'cause that's the worst wreck I've ever seen! Congratulations!!"  He still talks about the HLSR with a certain fondness. ;D
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2009, 12:15:04 AM »
No scramble stories here, but my nephew placed third in the middle weight Polled Hereford class.  Wish I could've been there, but we're getting for ready for OYE.  Congratulations to all of you - I know how tough it is.
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2009, 06:20:35 AM »
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sawboss... how big do you think the calves are  200 lbs or so?about six weeks?
The Austin and San Antonio scrambles aren't sadistic and use calves that meet that description in regularly sized rodeo arenas.

Houston evidently hates kids and uses feeder steers in the 350lb or so weight range in an arena the size of a football field.  Kids these days have it easy though, us old timers had to run around the Astrodome arena that was roughly the size of a baseball field.

After catching easily in San Antonio I didn't catch a calf on the initial wave in Houston.  I was so scared of not catching a calf that I stayed at a full sprint just running around in hopes of passing out or getting injured and getting a hard luck calf.  About the time I had given up all hope, I ran into a calf that seemed to come out of nowhere and we collided (not sure who "caught" who).  It landed on top of me and I still remember whispering "thank you thank you thank you" into it's ear and pecking it on the cheek.  They put me on oxygen for about 30-minutes once I got across the line...

I would agree that the calves in Houston are really big.#350 is not an exaggeration. The arena is huge, a least twice as big as Fort Worths' calf scramble. When I caught one in Houston, we had only one kid that had ever caught a calf in our county and it was a girl In my 4-H club, so I had to catch. I use to run 5 miles for 3 months before the scramble. When I finally got one on the ground it was the last calf, so all the kids that didn't catch were waiting for me to make a mistake. They put me on the big screen right before I twisted the calfs ear and bit down on it. The crowd went wild and so did the calf. It was so much fun! In '89 I caught one in Fort Worth and just ran and tackled one picked it up and carried it into the square, one of the committee members told me I had to have the halter on, so I slammed it on the ground and put the halter on. It was lots easier. If you catch one in Houston, you've done something.
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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2009, 06:29:57 AM »
so that's why seller's have scramble calf certificates accepted. Always wondered.

I was in our counties pig scramble. I actually caught a pig but in doing so lost my helmet. I was exhausted & couldn't pick the pig up.Two girls stood over me & I heard one say "kick her in the head" well, that got me mad enough that I crawled that pig to the ring.

Can't honestly say that the next year raising & showing hogs was the highlight of my 4-h- FFA years!  ;)

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Re: Houston Steer Show - Anyone Here Do Any Good?
« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2009, 10:26:38 AM »
I have my own Houston scramble calf catching story.  The short of it is I caught one in 1987 in the Astrodome.  I played football in high school and have never been nearly as tired doing that as I was after running a calf down in the Astrodome.

They actually cut the arena in Reliant Stadium in half for it for the first time this year.  We went to the rodeo twice last week.

Houston does a great job of funneling money to kids through their scramble and scholarship programs.  I'm sitting in an office today largely because of a Houston scholarship.

 

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