The news spread like wildfire in the stock show world and beyond on Saturday. An Abilene teenager sold a steer $210,000 at the Fort Worth Stock Show. That young man, Jagger Horn, is a veteran of the San Angelo Stock Show as well. Fourteen-year old Jagger Horn, an eighth grader at Craig Middle School in Abilene, said he was stunned at the price his steer, “Big Boy”, went for in Fort Worth.
“I was amazed that someone would be willing to donate that much to me.” Jagger said in an interview at the San Angelo Stock Show Tuesday.
Although not as monetarily successful as Fort Worth, Jagger has fared well in past stock shows in San Angelo, selling the Grand Champion Market Steer at 2015’s Premium Sale for $32,000. In 2014, he sold the Reserve Grand Champion in San Angelo.
This week, however, Jagger isn’t in San Angelo to show steer. Rules prohibit him from showing after a big win such as Fort Worth. He’s helping his sister, Aven, and adopted brother, Chris Martinez, with their steer – working stalls, brushing hide – and lending support where he can.
Martinez, an Abilene High School senior, lives and works with the Horn family, who own and operate Horn Livestock in Anson. Jagger and Aven’s father, Brandon, said Martinez is an adopted child. Despite their own feats in the stock show arena, the Horns spoke much of Martinez, his accomplishments and how much he means to their family.
“He’s with us everywhere we go. He lives with us.” Brandon said. “He’s showing Americans today. He’s part of our family.”
While the senior Horn spoke about the two, the boys quietly worked together in Martinez’s steer stall.
“With Jagger, I tell people all the time that his most successful show is San Angelo. You can show two and sell two here.” Brandon Horn said. “Strong faith is what this is all about though, that’s what I want people to know. Keep God first and good things will happen. God has a plan and it’s meant to be.”
Abilene High School ag teacher, Kay Richards, is another member of the Horn’s extended family. She’s been on the road with them and is one of Martinez’s teachers as well as mentor. Brandon Horn credits Richards as being as instrumental in the young man’s life as the Horn clan.
“I’ve known the Horn family for a long time and Chris for a long time.” Richards said. “He’s aware of the chance he’s been given and proud of it. He’s the kind of kid an ag teacher wants and a parent wants to have. he’s a good kid.”
Martinez, shyly responded to the praise from his Horn family, saying he is shooting to place high in Tuesday’s stock show.
“It’s been pretty fun.” Martinez said. “It’s been a long journey. I started showing pigs. I’m very blessed to be a part of this family with Miss Kay and the Horns.”
When most young people who come into the kind of money Jagger Horn earned in Fort Worth Saturday would say they’re going to buy a fancy car or something extravagant, Jagger said his winnings collectively will go to his education.
“That and I’ve got my mind set on a small grass farm for my own cows.” he said. “I want to be an ag science and ag business major. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to grow up and run Dad’s business.”
But to get the prize winning animals that bring in that kind of money, Jagger stressed that it’s a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifice. He said he sees his friends out and about, being kids, but knows he’s got to get to his animals and work with them.
“I take time with my steers over my friends.” he said. “But they know that’s me, because that’s what I do.”
Jagger plans to be back on the Texas stock show next year, where the question will be: Can he top Fort Worth?