Volunteer and Family Feature - Henderson and McClintock

Full Circle


Rusty Henderson’s dad showed lambs back when the stock show was held under a tent up on the hill behind Tivy stadium, in the mid 1940’s. Rusty started showing as a young child and continued through high school.

He graduated in 1976 and in 1977 he became a director of the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show. He was a junior director while he was still in high school. It’s no surprise that the HCDJLS was dedicated to Rusty Henderson in 2010.

Rusty recalls, “While growing up, there were people who helped us at the auction. We got 90 cents a pound for our animals. Used to be all the ranchers would come in and have a work day and barbeque for the volunteers.” The volunteers have made the HCDJLS a sustaining organization that has been successful for so many years. Rusty notes, “We are dedicating the 75th year to all the volunteers. You have people like me whose 3 kids showed and now my grandchildren show. They were raised with agricultural fundamentals and standards and morals- you work hard, achieve what you can, always maintain sportsmanship and play fair.”


Buyer's Feature - James M. Raymond
James M. Raymond: Weaving A Story of Heritage
A laugh, a handshake and a twinkle in his eye.  Every year at the end of January, James M. Raymond enters the barn at the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show for one of his favorite days of the year.  Sure, the location and facilities have changed vastly over the years, but the reason for this yearly reunion of friends remains exactly the same… supporting the youth of our communities through livestock projects.  “I love auction day. I enjoy seeing my old friends and making a run against them for the purchase of the animals. It’s always fun to see who gets to buy each animal.”, reflects Mr. Raymond while sitting in his office.  A quick glance around his gracious office shows a man who respects heritage and history. Impressive western landscape oil paintings intermingle with simple framed photographs of Mr. Raymond in the buyer’s ring with area kids and their animals, participating in the HCDJLS.  Anyone familiar with the stock show world quickly recognizes the logo on a trophy tucked in the corner of his office. It’s the San Antonio Livestock Show and the trophy is for winning the show with a Brangus heifer. You see, Mr. Raymond hasn’t just helped fund the college education of countless area youth through his participation as a buyer at the HCDJLS, he and his family have lived the “livestock show life” as well.
Kid's Korner - Close-Knit Cattlemen
Close-Knit Cattlemen
      Tobin Fletcher
    Aydin Fletcher
Some kids who show livestock lead their parents into experience, other kids are born into it.  For the Fletcher family, the latter is true. “They were born into it. My husband, Troy, showed pigs in high school and my father in law has always been a big supporter of the Livestock Show Association.  He runs cattle and has provided steers for youth in the past, so when the grandkids were old enough to show, it was natural that they enter the steer ring” says Paige Fletcher, mom to Tobin and Aydin Fletcher.
Scholarship Recipients

2018 HCDJLS Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to announce our 2018 High School Scholarship Recipients.  These students have worked hard through out the years, not only in their projects but also in their academic careers.  Every year the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show awards between $40,000 and $50,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as college undergraduates.  These students must have participated in either 4H or FFA for at least four years, and must have participated in the HCDJLS any two of the previous four years.  Each applicant has proven themselves with their hard work and determination, community minded service, and leadership abilities, all while maintaining academic excellence.  In addition to the HCDJLS scholarships, the HCDJLS also awarded two Chartier-Kraloveitz Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to Hannah Thompson and Mae Knaggs, as well as, the the newly founded Ken Stoepel Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 awarded to Payton Palmer.  


Fundraiser Update
Fundraiser Update
The fundraiser committee is still working hard on sponsorships and planning a fun night for all.  We have had huge community support and for that we are so grateful.  We are happy to announce that Kerrville Chalk Fest and Hunt-Ingram Gas are our 2 Platinum Sponsors.  
Board News
The HCDJLS General Board had their meeting on June 27th.  Once we discussed club business we were able to enjoy a meal together, fellowship and get to know our new probationary directors.  This was a great way to welcome our new members and generate fellowship among members.  
We don't have much news to share right now.  We hope you and your families have a wonderful 4th of July!  Enjoy your families and stay safe!
Upcoming dates to remember are
35th Annual Fundraiser Sep 22, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
75th Annual HCDJLS Show Jan 13, 2019 – Jan 19, 2019
Executives & Directors
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Upcoming Events
2019 HCDJLSA Show - 75th Annual
Hill Country Youth Event Center
Jan 13, 2019 - Jan 19, 2019
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