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Bezner wins big in Fort Worth

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Bezner wins big in Fort Worth

Elli Bezner, a 17-year-old junior at Dalhart High School, won the top prize at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo last weekend with her 1,324-pound white Heavy Weight European Crossbreed, affectionately named “Leadfoot.” The Grand Champion steer sold at auction for $340,000.

The steer got its name by having something in common with its owner, Bezner said. “Last year, when I got him, he was pretty ornery. I got him the day after I got my driver’s license. My dad said I had a lead foot and so did he. So that’s always been his name,” she explained.

“I showed him a lot of times this summer, probably three times. And each time I’ve shown him, he’s got like third overall, or first in his class, but never won the whole show,”

Bezner said. “My dad and I always knew he’s special and thought someday he might accomplish what we wanted to,” Bezner has been showing at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo since she was in third grade.

“A lot of excitement, a lot of hard work. I get home from school and I go to the barn every day and wash and dry him. I don’t go to basketball games. I spend a lot of my time at the barn,” she said. Winning runs in the family, as Bezner’s dad is a former champion exhibitor.

“I had the opportunity to win this show in 1991, and it’s been something my family has always strived to do,” Bezner’s father, Stephen, said.

Her cousin, Ben Bezner, won the show in 2018.

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