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A Steer Named ‘Prince’ Wins the Crown at the San Antonio Stock Show

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“The judge will step forward once he has weighed his selection, and he will pop that big steer on the hip. When he does that, you will see the winner,” the announcer explains in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s Facebook video of this year’s Grand Champion Steer Drive. The drive brought two rows of 32 beautiful steers to the AT&T Center rodeo floor where 11-year-old Aven Horn from Abilene won for her black steer named Prince.

KSAT writes that the judge was looking for “many attributes, including how wide the steer is, how much fat is on the frame and even how it walks.” Horn raised her Prince well through the Future Farmers of America program at her school where she fed and cleaned the steer each day.

Winning the Grand Champion Steer Drive set up Horn to sell Prince for $106,000 according to the San Antonio Express-News. Horn says she’s setting the money aside to attend Texas A&M.

Of course, Horn will also miss Prince dearly. She spent a lot of time with him from ages six-months-old to two-years-old. “It’s life yes, yes, just thankful that I got to have him,” she told KSAT.