Purpose & Objectives of NJSGA


The National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association (NJSGA) works to improve the quality of the Santa Gertrudis breed by developing the cooperation, responsibility and leadership of America’s youth. The association encourages educational opportunities for NJSGA members, and provides increased opportunities for fellowship with others involved in the Santa Gertrudis breed and the cattle industry in general.


Attention Juniors!  When you are selecting your heifers for summer shows, please make sure that they meet the minimum requirements of the Santa Gertrudis Breed Standards. Read this information fully to assist you in your selection.


2016 Officers & Directors

Casey Pitchford - Texas - At Large - President

Patrick Daniel - Arkansas - District 2 - Vice President

Reagan Ruddock - Texas - District 1 - Secretary

Will McDaniel - Georgia - At Large - Treasurer

Taylor Hampton - Missouri - At Large

Seth Lyness - Texas - District 1

Harrison Kimble - Texas - District 1

Marli Cantu - Texas - At Large

McRae Clay - Mississippi - District 3

Saige Combs - Texas - At Large

Abbie Edenfield - Florida - District 4

Whitney Fuller - Texas - District 1

Jordan Hess - Texas - District 1

Camila Cantu - Texas - District 1




2016-2017 Queen and Princess

Queen :: Taylor Terry :: Denton, Texas

Princess :: Madison Moran :: Brehnam, Texas

NJSGA is one of the top junior programs in the beef industry, with more than 400 active junior members from 14 states. It has active participation from all juniors, not only in exhibiting livestock but also in leadership contests such as public speaking, brain bowl and livestock judging.


The juniors are responsible young adults who know the meaning of competition, hard work, sportsmanship, andespecially friendship and family, and they are the future leaders of the beef industry. The experiences gained by individuals in this junior program are invaluable.


Founded in 1979, NJSGA is open to all young people under the age of 21. Members are issued a herd number, membership card, and one free subscription to the official publication of SGBI.


Junior members are entitled to all the services of SGBI, which include registration, recordkeeping, transfers, classification, grading-up program, Total Performance Program, promotion, and stock show and field day representation.


The membership is managed by its own board of directors, with five At-Large positions that are elected from the junior’s general membership. The remaining ten positions come from the districts. These districts are divided based on the membership in that area. The board is governed by the constitution and by-laws of the NJSGA.


2017 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Show


2017 National jr. santa gertrudis association board of directors application


2017 national jr. santa gertrudis youth foundation scholarship application


2017 national santa gertrudis youth foundation scholarship checklist


2017 National jr. santa gertrudis queen, princess, brain bowl & hersman entry form


2016 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results


2015 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results


2014 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results



Letter from Junior Leaders in SG-USA 


By McRae Clay, District 3 Representative

Hey y’all. My name is McRae Clay, and I am from Madison, Miss. I am currently finishing my final term as the District 3 representative. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to represent this breed over the past four years on the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association Board of Directors. The relationships that have developed from our pretty red cattle will be treasured for many years to come.


This past weekend I attended the SGBI Annual Meeting. It was great to see faces that I had missed so much and once again bond over our beloved Santa Gertrudis. This was my first Annual Meeting, but I have a feeling it will never be topped. My mother, Dixie, and I had the opportunity to talk about my grandmother, Pauline Herring. She was recognized as a 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. It was such a special moment to share with my mom, knowing my grandmother would have been so proud if she was still here today. As I thought about the legacy my grandmother left, it really got the gears in my brain turning.


The National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show is quickly approaching; I encourage you to get involved. Our years as junior members are limited. I strongly urge you to introduce yourself to people around the barn that you may not know or sign up for an event that is out of your comfort zone. You will be leaving your legacy behind, so I beg you to make the most of your opportunities.


I can’t wait to see everyone in Louisiana. God Bless.



By Saige Combs, At-Large Director

Hello. My name is Saige Combs, and I am from Anderson, Texas. This is my first year serving on the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association Board of Directors as one of the at-large directors. Being on the board is something I have wanted to do since I started showing. I have shown Santa Gertrudis cattle for nearly 10 years, and I’ve learned many important life lessons and developed friendships that will last a lifetime.


There is one thing that we all have in common, and that is our wonderful Santa Gertrudis cattle. The National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show is coming up and it is exciting to think about reconnecting with friends and making new ones – not to mention the thrill of friendly competition, and I don’t mean only in the show ring. It’s great to see who has done their homework for the brain bowl competition or

cattlemen’s contest. Personally, when we get to the ring, I have always been fascinated with the quality cattle we have created. Santa Gertrudis breeders have done a tremendous job at making some of the best cattle I’ve ever laid my eyes on; I’m not being biased, either; well done.


I plan to make many more memories throughout my years, and I hope the younger generations make plenty more as well. Working with this breed and learning from those who are older than I has shaped me into the person that I am today. It’s truly a blessing to be a part of such an amazing organization. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to seeing ya’ll in St. Charles.