Springtown FFA teen scrambles to the win at Fort Worth Stock Show

Rylee Willis won a $500 purchase certificate toward a heifer for a 4-H or FFA project for exhibition at next year’s Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The certificate, presented by Stock Show Calf Scramble Committee Chairman Paxton Motheral, was sponsored by Richard Dyess.

FORT WORTH — Rylee Willis of Poolville, a member of Springtown FFA, caught a calf during the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scramble, earning a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $16,000 in scholarship awards. Rylee is the daughter of Ronald and Shelby Willis. Rylee’s award was sponsored by Richard Dyess.

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 legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which runs from Jan. 17 through 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. Willis will use the purchase certificate toward the cost of a heifer that she will raise and exhibit at next year’s 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.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visit www.fwssr.com

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