We strongly believe exhibiting livestock helps to educate youth by teaching them compassion, responsibility, work ethic, sportsmanship, confidence, and leadership. Our son, Tud, would not be the young man he is today without these experiences. We are so very proud of him and his many accomplishments, both in and out of the showring. Being a part of the Longhorn industry helped to provide him the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.
He started showing livestock at the age of 8, when we first moved to Texas. His first project was a pen of meat rabbits for our County's market show. He used the money earned from that venture to purchase his first heifer, a registered Jersey calf. Over the years he grew his herd with money earned from buying, selling, trading, and breeding his projects. He eventually made the switch to registered Texas Longhorns in the midst of the 2009-2010 show season. He actually exhibited both Jerseys and Longhorns those first two years until deciding to make the move permanent. Throughout his Longhorn career he continued to grow, learn, make new friends, and become more competitive.
It quickly became evident his niche was actually outside the ring, in the public speaking arena. Through the various opportunities in the Longhorn industry, he was able to hone his speaking skills, helping him become a confident, mature young adult. He was able to compete and participate in numerous leadership activities throughout his high school years that provided him with rich and rewarding experiences he would not have had otherwise. In the end, he graduated with a large amount of awards and scholarship earnings to assist in the furthering of his education.
Tud is now a college graduate, having received a B.S. in Mass Communications at The University of Texas at Tyler. He currently works in news broadcasting as a Production Director for a local station. His ultimate goal is to run PR for a collegiate or professional sports organization.
This page is dedicated to sharing the many memories made with our son during his time on the show circuit. We hope to continue the tradition through the establishment of the Newcastle Ranch Show Program.
Winnsboro High SchoolDrumline Captain - 2015
2X State Ensemble Medalist
3X Sweepstakes Winner
Area Marching - 2011
FFA Member - 4 years
JV Baseball - 2013 & 2012
Wood County 4-H10 Year Member
Texas 4-H Gold Star - 2015
Texas 4-H Congress - 2014 & 2012
State Farm Bureau Speech - 2013
Teen Leader - YES Camp
County Market Show - 9 Years
County Officer - 6 Years
Club Officer - 4 Years