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Barnesville Texas Longhorns win big in international championship

Special to the Enterprise
Kookachex, a 5-year-old Texas Longhorn, was judged ITLA International Champion All-Age Female of the 2020 show at Glen Rose, Texas. She is owned by Kirk and Linda Dickinson, of Barnesville. Pictured are, from left, Kara Dickinson, Doug Burris, and ITLA judge Lana Hightower.

GLEN ROSE, Texas – The 30th annual International Championship Texas Longhorn Show and Convention was held Oct. 8-10, in Glen Rose, Texas. Entries were competing for championship awards from 19 states. Most of the entries were from Texas. A record number of 581 entries came to capture the national awards.

The All Age ITLA Champion Halter female was exhibited by Kirk and Linda Dickinson, of Barnesville. The new champion is “Kookachex,” age 5, with a whopping horn spread of 87 inches tip to tip. Kookachex was judged by prominent Texas Longhorn producer Lana Hightower from Van, Texas. She was shown with her calf at side by Kara Dickinson and Doug Burris.

The All Age ITLA Champion Non-Halter female was exhibited by Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC (DCC) of Barnesville. The new Champion Non-Halter was “Iron On” who was exhibited free range in the arena with no halter or special show techniques. She is 6 years old, weighs 1,402 pounds and sports a 91.13-inch spread tip to tip. The ITLA approved judge for the Non-Halter was Mike Tomey, of Bedford, Indiana.

Free-range exhibiting in Texas Longhorn shows does not allow placement, posing, or special positioning during the class. Each critter moves, poses, stands, and is judged in a very natural and normal pose. It is a very honorable exhibiting process not used by most breeds for show judging.

Iron On, a 6-year-old Texas Longhorn cow, was judged ITLA International Champion All-Age Non-Halter Female of the 2020 show at Glen Rose, Texas. She is owned by Dickinson Cattle Co. of Barnesville. Over 580 entries were competing from 19 states – she is the big winner.

The International Texas Longhorn Assn (ITLA) was founded in 1990 and currently has just under 1,900 members. ITLA registers pure Texas Longhorn cattle, documents pedigrees, and has a member-driven show and awards system. ITLA is the only Texas Longhorn registry where all members get to nominate and elect by mail-in ballot their own president and all officers/directors.

All events are judged by ITLA approved judges. The uniqueness of Texas Longhorn cattle with their many points of special identity demands judges who have owned, buy, sell, and regularly involve themselves with the industry. They are not a generic breed that just anyone can judge accurately.

After the Championship, Kookachex and Iron On will return home to DCC of Ohio. The Dickinson family has been breeding superior Texas Longhorns for 53 years. Tours are conducted for the public of DCC during the summer months for thousands of guests. See these two great national champion cows and their families on a ranch-pasture tour, by appointment.