FORT WORTH – Clayton Tackel of Cumby, a member of Miller Grove FFA, and Jalyn Hrabal and Kenna Lane, both of Sulphur Springs and members of North Hopkins FFA, each caught a calf during the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble, earning a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $16,000 in scholarship awards.
Clayton Tackel’s parents are Brad Tackel and Crystal Tackel, and his award was sponsored by Professional Packaging. Jalyn Hrabal’s parents are Michael Hrabal and Stacy Hrabal, and her award was sponsored by O’Neal Oil & Gas Company. Kenna Lane’s parents are and Kara Lane, and her award was sponsored by Ronny and Carolyn McCutchin.
One of the Stock Show’s most iconic and popular events, the Calf Scramble gives 20 students an opportunity to catch 10 calves during one of 22 performances of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo held Jan. 17-Feb. 8. Those not catching calves receive a pair of Justin Boots courtesy of the iconic western footwear maker. Justin Boots and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are overall underwriters for the legendary Calf Scramble Program.
Since the Fort Worth Calf Scramble began in 1987, more than 7,600 4-H and FFA members were able to catch a calf in the rodeo arena for a combined $3.8 million in Heifer Purchase Certificates. All three students will use the purchase certificates toward the cost of a heifer each that they will raise and exhibit at next year’s Stock Show.
Exhibitors that submit monthly reports and a final essay may be eligible for scholarship awards that can range between $500 and $16,000. Thanks to the efforts of the Calf Scramble Sponsors and Committee members, 1,478 of those winners received a combined total of $2.94 million in scholarships.