By: Yvonne (Bonnie) Ramirez
BOERNE- Seventeen-year old Shawn Skaggs, a junior at De Leon High School had a great show season this year as he claimed top honors at every major stock show in Texas. Shawn, a member of the De Leon FFA started his streak at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth by taking the Grand Champion Beefmaster honors with his heifer, WR Queen Elizabeth. He followed that accolade with being named Grand Champion Beefmaster heifer at the San Antonio Stock Show. Â An exciting honor to add to his San Antonio win was that Shawnâ€™s heifer was also named the Reserve Grand American heifer! This is a big achievement for the Beefmaster breed.
Shawn continued his winning show streak by claiming the Grand Champion Beefmaster title at the Houston Livestock Show. He ended his 2018 show season by claiming the Grand Champion Beefmaster title at Rodeo Austin where she was also named the Grand Champion American heifer.
WR Queen Elizabeth was bred and owned by Shawn. Her immediate pedigree stems from a Queen x CF Dr. Love breeding. WR Queen Elizabeth was described by cattle judges as a “unique creature,” “charismatic,” “a beast on a leash,” “the most unique female” and “a water moccasin.”
Shawn also had success with his other bred and owned heifer, WR Blizzard, with whom he won Grand Champion at the San Angelo Stock Show. Her mating was a WR Josey x Black Jack 21 breeding.
“My goal has always been to have a Champion American heifer at a major Stock Show, it has been such an awesome feeling to complete this goal,” Shawn said.
“Shawn works very hard and is very compassionate about his cattle,” Shawnâ€™s mother, Rayna Skaggs exclaimed. Â Shawn plans to attend Tarleton State University and wants to work in the show calf/cattle industry.
Rayna adds, â€œShawn has enjoyed traveling all over the state showing and meeting people from every back ground of cattle.â€ â€œIn the last several years Shawn has expanded his cow herd to include Red Angus, and has utilized the E6 program,â€ Rayna added. â€œLast summer he was invited to Canada to help fit and show cattle there in their “All Breeds Show”. There he helped fit several breeds of cattle and exhibited an Angus heifer, who won division champion. His experience there along with traveling and meeting cattle industry leaders all of the United States will help him to promote Beefmasters, and learn several sectors of the cattle industry,â€Â Rayna said.
What an impressive and incredible show season Shawn had! Congratulations on your successes at this yearâ€™s major stock shows, Shawn.