A Look Back at Limousin

The 1980’s…

1980 Queen, Lori Leonard
  • 1980
    • First Junior Limousin Show held at National Western Stock Show
    • Lori Leonard crowned Limousin Queen
    • Indiana forms Junior Limousin Association
    • First Limousin Open Show held at NAILE
    • Louisiana forms State Limousin Association
  • 1981
    • First time the National Limousin Sale was held “On the Hill” at National Western Stock Show
    • First Open Limousin Show held at National Western Stock Show
    • Cheryl Linthicum crowned Limousin Queen
    • Oregon forms State Limousin Association
  • 1982
    • Alabama forms State Limousin Association
    • Don Faidley elected NALF President
    • Dee Jones selected as Limousin Queen
    • Southwest Limousin Association formed covering southern California, New Mexico and Arizona
    • Western Limousin Association renamed to California Limousin Association
  • 1983
    • Steve Yackley wins first NWSS Limousin Herdsman Award
    • Herman Symens elected NALF President
    • Cindy Bollum crowned Limousin Queen
  • 1984
    • Crystal Clark crowned Limousin Queen
    • Jim Davidson elected NALF President
    • First Eastern Regional Limousin Show held in Tennessee
    • First Embryo Auction, later to be named Genetics on Ice, held in Kansas City, Missouri

Gary Fuchs (right), current NALF President, with his grandfather Leo Fuchs in 1984. Leo began breeding Limousins in 1971 and Gary in 1978.
Owners of the 500,000th animal are Erling and Linda Olsen of Dupree, South Dakota
  • 1985
    • The National Limousin Sale at NWSS sets new average record for this particular sale at $11,615 
    • Bob Yackley elected NALF President
    • Renee Rupe crowned Limousin Queen
    • Arne Hanson selected as National Western Herdsman of the Year
    • All-American Limousin Futurity is established by Ken Holloway, Mark Smith, and Bruce Brooks 
      • A total of 170 head; 136 females and 34 bulls; from 16 states competed at the first All-American Limousin Futurity
    • The famed “Triple Crown” award is established. To win this award an animal must win the All-American, American Royal and National Western in that order. Currently the Triple Crown consists of All-American, NAILE, and National Western.
    • NALF reached half million mark in number of animals recorded since the breed herd book was established in the U.S. in 1969
  • 1986
    • Spitz Navajo, owned by Spitz Limousin, is first bull to be named a Triple Crown winner
    • Spitz Special Effort, owned by Spitz Limousin, is first female to be named a Triple Crown winner
    • Tim Linthicum named National Western Herdsman of the Year
    • Shannon Sewell named Limousin Queen
    • Gene Raymond elected NALF President
    • First Western Regional Junior Show held in California
Triple Crown Winners, Spitz Navajo and Spitz Special Effort, pictured with Triple Crown creator Ken Holloway
  • 1987
    • Illinois forms State Junior Association
    • Leonard Wulf elected NALF President
    • Wendell Geeslin named National Western Herdsman of the Year
    • Cinde Schuppe crowned Limousin Queen
1988 Queen Julie Halverson, right
  • 1988
    • Medal of Excellence Show Point System established
    • Julie Halverson crowned Limousin Queen
    • Borge Bak named National Western Herdsman of the Year
  • 1989
    • Bruce Waddle elected NALF President
    • Janae Walker crowned Limousin Queen
    • Clendon Bailey named National Western Herdsman of the Year
    • All-American Limousin Futurity experienced record numbers for their 5th show at 203 head exhibited
      • WLCC Dollar Bill became the first black bull to win Grand Champion Bull at the All-American
Stewman Ranches of Maryneal, TX exhibited the Grand Champion Bull at All-American Limousin Futurity with WLCC Dollar Bill, a 3/18/87 Atlantic son out of Black Hanni

A Look Back at Limousin

The 1970’s….

1971 Queen Gloria Jennings
  • 1970
    • Bob Purdy serves as NALF President
    • NALF membership increased to 85 Founder Members and 25 Active Members
  • 1971
    • Oklahoma forms State Limousin Association
    • Texas forms State Limousin Association
    • South Dakota forms State Limousin Association
    • Washington forms State Limousin Association
    • Nebraska forms State Limousin Association
    • Montana forms State Limousin Association
    • Southeastern states (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina) form Limousin Association
    •  Missouri forms State Limousin Association
    • John Moore, Pennsylvania, elected NALF President
    • Gloria Jennings served as the 1971 Limousin Queen
    • First National Limousin Sale held at National Western Stock Show
  • 1972
    • Darrel Menning, Corsica, South Dakota became NALF’s 1000th member
    • Wyona Warren selected as 1972 Limousin Queen
    • South Dakota forms Junior State Association
    • Burwell Bates, Oklahoma elected NALF President
Kathy O’Brien 1974 Queen
  • 1973
    • Arkansas forms State Limousin Association
    • Texas forms Junior State Association
    • International Limousin Council formed
    • Ronnie Murray, Oklahoma elected NALF President
    • Cindy Calavan, Oklahoma crowned 1973 Limousin Queen
  • 1974
    • .Inaugural “World Limousin Futurity” held
    • Kansas forms State Limousin Association
    • Southern California forms Junior State Association
    • Kentucky forms State Limousin Association
    • Kathy O’Brien, Missouri crowned 1974 Limousin Queen
    • Ladies Auxiliary formed- name changed to Limouselles in 1975
  • 1975
    • Tennessee forms State Limousin Association
    • Northwest Limousin Association formed covering Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
    • Georgia forms State Limousin Association
    • Wyoming forms Junior State Association
    • Intermountain Limousin Association reforms as Colorado Limousin Association
    • Liz Crewson crowned Limousin Queen
    • Illinois forms State Limousin Association
    • Floyd McGown named NALF President
  • 1976
    • South Dakota has largest number of Limousin cattle totaling 24,043 head
    • Oklahoma has most NALF members at 1,229 members
    • Carlton Noyes, Nebraska elected NALF President
    • Mary Svobooda named NALF Queen
    • First National Junior Heifer Show held
  • 1977
    • Theresa Scott crowned Limousin Queen
    • 100 bulls were exhibited by 23 Pen & Carload exhibitors form 4 different states at NWSS
  • 1978
    • George forms Junior State Association
    • First Limouselle Scholarship awarded to DeAnna Jones, Oklahoma
    • Lori Pihl crowned Limousin Queen
    • William Dameron selected as NALF President
    • 5,727 total head was sold in Limousin Sales throughout 1978
  • 1979
    • First Limousin Breeders Symposium held in Stillwater, Oklahoma
    • First American Royal National Limousin Show was held with 130 head exhibited from 9 states
Budrick Farms of Mannsville, Oklahoma walked off with grand champion bull honors with their fullblood son of Espoir de Carnaval, Innovator. This concluded a very successful show season for the well-balanced bull in which he was undefeated.

A Look Back at Limousin

The Beginnings…

  • May 6, 1968
    • A preliminary meeting was held to discuss the feasibility of the Foundation plan- The first 5 Founding Members came from this meeting
      • Founder Member 1: Bob Purdy, Wyoming
      • Founder Member 2: Charlie Moore, Iowa
      • Founder Member 3: Bruce Waddle, Colorado
      • Founder Member 4: Sherm Ewing, Canada
      • Founder Member 5: James Scott, Colorado (only one who had seen a Limousin before becoming a member)
    • Willis Carpenter had prepared incorporation papers for the North American Limousin Foundation
    • Ten people were at this meeting

Bob Purdy, Buffalo, Wyoming cattleman, businessman, served as president of the North American Limousin Foundation for the first three years.

June 21, 1968

  • First official organization meeting was held with 20 people in attendance
  • The first Board of Directors was selected:
    • President: Robert Purdy, Wyoming
    • Vice-President: Sherman Ewing, Aberta, Canada
    • Secretary-Treasurer: W.W. Smutz Jr, Colorado
    • Executive Vice-President: Richard Goff, Colorado
    • Directors: Stephen Garst, Iowa; Charles Moore, Iowa; H.A. McCoy, Oklahoma; Bruce Waddle, Colorado; Dr. James Scott, Colorado

Sherman Ewing, Claresholm, Alberta, Canada was NALF Founding Member #4. As chairmen of the Technical Committee he was responsible for the early directories on performance requirements for the breed in the United States. He was the first NALF Vice-President.

  • July 24, 1969
    • The First Annual Meeting of the North American Limousin Foundation was held at the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Colorado
    • At this point the foundation had 80 Founding Members, 13 Active Members, and 9 Junior Members

H.A. McCoy, Miami, Oklahoma was Founder Member #11 and shared #12 with Ben and Ruth Price, Reading, Kansas.

Steve and Mary Garst, Coon Rapids, Iowa. Steve was Founder Member #7. Garst Farms was Founder Member #13.

Your Windshield is a lot Bigger than Your Rearview Mirror

Written By: Brooke Falk, Director

This article originally appeared in the October issue of Limousin Today


It was a journey for me to become a member of the NALJA Board of Directors. I first ran in 2015. Fresh out of high school I was ready to face new challenges and opportunities. Sadly, that year serving as a board member just was not meant to be for me. I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed. A week later my family’s world was turned upside down. My mom was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. Although this cancer is treatable it is a very rigorous and difficult treatment. I spent my first year of college taking her to appointments and doing my homework in the waiting area. Even after she was pronounced cancer free, she continued to have issues due to the radiations side effects. She was just starting to get back to “normal” around Jr. nationals in 2016. With everything that my family had been through I felt it was time to do something “normal” again and I decided not to run for the board that year. However, in 2017, my dream came true when I finally made the Jr. board.

Upon arriving home from Grand Island I received a call. Little did I know that that call would change the way I lived my life. The call was from a familiar face among Kansas Limousin breeders, Chris Campbell. He did not have much to say, but he gave me this advice “remember that your windshield is a lot bigger than your rear-view mirror.”

When I began to consider this saying, I instantly associated it with what had happened in the last two years to me and my family. I knew I needed to look ahead, through my “windshield” and focus on being a great board member. I needed to look back and see where I have grown from the trials in my life, that were now in my “rear-view mirror”, but not get caught up in the negative and feel sorry for myself because spending too much time staring at your “rear-view mirror” will cause you to crash. Life moves forward, not backward, and getting caught up in the past will cause you to miss out on what is happening right in front of you. I could easily fall into this bad habit, and there are days I do. There are days I have trouble seeing past the frustrations and trials in my life, like dealing with my mother’s continued health issues or the frustration of ending my junior show career having never done as well as I had hoped at Jr. Nationals. However, living by this quote, I have learned to move forward and not dwell in the past. Learning from the past is a huge part of life, but dwelling in it will ruin it.

Limousin Juniors take Chris Campbell’s advice, “remember your windshield is a lot bigger than your rear-view mirror.” Look forward, you all have a bright future ahead of you whether that is taking home a banner at you next show, getting onto the team you tried out for, or even farther down the line when you get your dream job. Do not let hardships and mistakes you see in your “rear-view mirror” hold you back, learn and grow from what you see so you can achieve what is ahead through your “windshield.”

Thank you Chris, your advice and humor over the years has been greatly appreciated!

The “Show Family”

Written By: Callie Hicks, Director

This article originally appeared in the August issue of Limousin Today


Growing up in the show world there are individuals that are your second moms and dads, an extra set of hands in the stalls, or a given babysitter for younger kids. This is what many call our show family. It’s the set of people you cannot imagine being without at a show. Whether it be your local county show friends or those all the way across the nation, these connections tend to be the most important.IMG_7353.JPG

In the future your show family may help find your next animal, or your next job. The most important thing our show families give us is constant support and encouragement. However, for those that are like me getting older is sad. Certain members of your show family start to age out or merge into other breeds. But events like the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress allow for the show family to expand constantly.


Thankfully, I have been fortunate enough to keep adding to my show family throughout the years. With each new year at Junior Nationals we meet new people that become part of our family and each year the parting of ways at the conclusion of junior nationals doesn’t get any easier. However, the goodbye is not for long and is simply an “I’ll see you again”.

IMG_7499These shows and show families can be the gateway to a future within the industry. My show family has given me a passion for photography and the constant encouragement to pursue this passion. I encourage you to make connections throughout your time within the cattle industry and keep those connections as you progress in life. For those of you who are aging out, show those younger members of your show family the support and encouragement they need. Always remember, there is someone somewhere who looks up to you, make sure you are setting the right example.


ILC Visits Fillmore Ranch and Olympic Training Center

Written by: Megan Marion

IMG_0878The attendees had another early morning as they boarded the bus and headed south to Fillmore Ranch. Immediately when everyone arrived they jumped on the buses and gave a quick tour and talked about their ranch. Fillmore Ranch has been in Boone, Colorado for 101 years. They used to raise Charolais until 2002, when they bought their first registered Limousin heifers. They decided the Limousin breed was the best fit for what they were trying to do. On their ranch they have around 400 head of cattle. They sell about 80 bulls each year, and around 80% of the bulls they sell go to buyers within a 200 to 300-mile radius. They also discussed the struggles of living in a dry area and what steps they take to keep their operation running successfully.  After they talked about their ranch, we had a delicious lunch and hopped back on the bus and headed to the Olympic Training Center.


The Olympic Training Center was astonishing. After enjoying a 15-minute video about the training center, we set off on our tour. We visited the Ted Stevens Sport Services Center, Aquatics Center, the wrestling gym, as well as the shooting center. It was a very interesting tour to see not only the facilities, but athletes in training as well. We headed back to the hotel, and the attendees had a free night to enjoy the night as they wished!

ILC Technical Session Day

Written by: Megan Marion

IMG_7661Today started off in the beautiful Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs with a technical session. At 9:00 a.m. Hannah Garrett, a territorial manager for GeneSeek Operations welcomed everyone and started off the technical session. We also heard from Butch Whitman, a consulting nutritionist for MoorMan’s, ADM Alliance Nutrition, and Westfeeds, and Dr. Tonya Amen, a geneticist for NALF. Brett Spader, the CEO for National Center of Beef Excellence was the moderator for the panel discussion. The three panelists were, Kenny Stauffer, director of beef sales for GeneSeek Operations, Brian Bertelsen, V.P. of field operations for U.S. Premium Beef, and Mark Anderson, the executive director for the North American Limousin Foundation. The panel discussed the success of Certified Angus Beef and branded beef products in the U.S. and potential opportunities for Limousin cattle.  After the panel discussion, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the hotel, and that afternoon the attendees headed to Spruce Mountain Ranch for dinner.


Spruce Mountain Ranch was an excellent setting for a beautiful dinner. Everyone img_0865.jpgenjoyed walking around the ranch and admiring the gorgeous scenery. Once the delicious dinner was served and everyone had eaten, we welcomed out first guest speaker, Rick Pfortmiller to start speaking. Rick is a beef genomics territory manager for Neogen Geneseek. We also listened to Twig Marston, a member of the beef technical services team covering Kansas and Nebraska. It was a beautiful evening, and we even sang happy birthday to Mark Anderson to finish off the night! We would like to thank all of the speakers that attended today!