Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Long time ABBA member, past president Billy Dan Lindley passes

Billy Dan Lindley, 68, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012. He was born on January 16, 1944, to John Walker Lindley and Ruth Stewart Lindley. On July 20, 1963, he married Suzanne Gray. He was a lifetime resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Following his graduation from Sulphur Springs High School in 1962, Mr. Lindley attended East Texas State University in Commerce. In 1966, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree and went on to receive his Master of Science Degree in 1972. He was an educator for a total of 29 years beginning his career as a teacher, coach and principal at Yantis ISD. After three years, he moved to Sulphur Springs ISD where he was a science teacher, junior high vice-principal, and elementary principal. He spent 21 years of his career as principal of his own elementary alma mater, Travis Elementary, where he helped coin the phrase “Extra Effort Equals Excellence.” During his tenure at Travis Elementary, he forged the way for many facility improvements which led the school to win the Texas School Beautification Award. Under his leadership, Travis Elementary was also recognized for numerous outstanding academic achievements and awards. He was a member of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. His insistence for high standards among his students and faculty resulted in a position on the Texas Education Agency School Evaluation Team, mentoring other school districts throughout the state. Mr. Lindley retired from teaching in 1998.
Billy Dan’s true passion was raising and promoting American Brahman cattle. He purchased the first of his registered herd in 1967. Through a dedicated breeding program, Lindley Brahman cattle have won numerous championships at all levels of competition. Billy Dan served as the Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Texas Brahman Association and Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President, President and Executive Committee Member of the American Brahman Breeders Association. He also served as chairman of the ABBA’s Youth Activities Committee and Membership Committee. In addition he served as an approved ABBA judge, traveling nation-wide to judge cattle. He was also recognized by the Texas Junior Brahman Association for his service to the youth in the Brahman industry. Billy Dan’s beef operation was recognized several times by the Hopkins County Extension Service. He was twice named Hopkins County’s Outstanding Beef Producer of the Year and also received the Outstanding Agriculturist Award.
Mr. Lindley supported the opportunities provided local youth through 4-H and FFA programs. He served as President of the North East Texas Livestock Association and was recognized with a 4-H Clover Award for nine years of service as a 4-H advisor. He received the FFA’s Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree from the Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Bluff, and Savoy FFA Chapters.
Mr. Lindley was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, where he attended for many years and served on numerous boards and committees.
Mr. Lindley was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Suzanne; daughter Sara Anne Allen and son-in-law Dwayne of Sulphur Springs; daughter Susan Dian Perkins and son-in-law Daryl of Newcastle, Oklahoma; grandchildren Savannah Dianne and Blaine Robert Allen; brother John Walker Lindley, Jr. and wife Sandra of Frisco, Texas; sister Mary Ann Anglin and husband Ben of Sulphur Springs; mother-in-law Mary Gray of Sulphur Springs; James Jordan, who was like a son, and wife Katie of Sulphur Springs; nieces and nephews Curt King, Randy Lindley, Tony Anglin, Christi Attaway, Lori Lindley, and Jeannie Darlin; and many great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his world-wide Brahman friends, faculty, staff, and all former students throughout his career.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne Allen, Daryl Perkins, James Jordan, Curt King, Randy Lindley, Bill Alford, Ben Anglin, Wesley Attaway, Doyle McKinzie, and Bill Allen Jackson. Honorary pallbearers are G.V. Hughes, Coy Johnson, Danny Durham, Richard Teer, Vaden Richey, Tracy Berry, Jack Chubb, Mark McClendon, and the officers and directors of the American Brahman Breeders Association.
Visitation will be at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:00 am. The service will then be posted on the church website Friday for a few days.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Billy Dan Lindley Memorial Scholarship of the American Junior Brahman Association. Donations may be mailed to the AJBA, 3003 South Loop 610 West, Suite 520, Houston, Texas 77054.
Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Live webcast of the service will be available at


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2013 AJBA Junior Herd Builder Program

The AJBA Junior Herd Builder Program was initiated in 2011 by Steve & Amy Good of Grandview, Texas. The Good Family will donate a yearling bull to one deserving AJBA member each year in an effort to assist AJBA members in growing and improving their breeding programs.

  • Each applicant must complete the Official AJBA Junior Herd Builder Application and submit an essay on the specified topic.
  • The winner of the animal must agree to exhibit the bull for at least one year from the time they take possession and at one All American National Junior Brahman Show.
  • For a full twelve months following the presentation of the bull the winner should provide monthly reports to the ABBA Office updating the status and accomplishments of the bull.
  • After the recipient has met the show and report requirements the bull then becomes the sole property of the recipient with no further obligations.

Application Deadline is February 15, 2013.

The presentation of the bull will be made during the 2013 International Brahman Show in Houston, Texas.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

ABBA Membership Convention - Silent Auction Items

2012 ABBA Membership Convention

ABBA – 2012 ABBA Annual Membership Convention Etched Bottle of Wine

ABBA – Free Ad in ABBA Membership Directory

ABBA -  Brahman Sculpture by Elkin Anaya

Anderson Bean/South Texas Tack – A Pair of Macie Bean Boots. (certificate must be redeemed through South Texas Tack)

Anderson Bean/South Texas Tack – A Pair of Anderson Bean Kid’s Boots. (certificate must be redeemed through South Texas Tack)

Marriott Courtyard Hotel – Two (2) Weekend Getaway Certificates (2 Nights Stay including room and tax).

The American Brahman Review -  A full page full color ad in any issue of the magazine.  All designing services included.

The Brahman Journal – Two (2) leather bound books of Brahman Journals (each will include monthly issues for any particular year of your choice).

Cattlemax – One (1) year subscription to CattleMax Registered Standard Edition ($252 value).  This edition allows for up to 500 active animals, includes all of the ABBA interface features, and of course complete cattle records.  If winner prefers a different edition, we can use the $252 as credit toward the edition of their choice.

Gerald & Nancy Young – “NY Texas Style Purse” by Double J Saddlery

Dubina Rose (Dean Burkhardt) - Dubina Rose Ranch is donating a Golden Certified Angus x Brahman F-1 Heifer.  The heifer will be at the convention to be viewed and can be picked up at Dubina Rose Ranch.

Bubba Murphy - Buckles of Texas donates a 2012 (80th Anniversary) Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Commemorative Buckle.

J.D. Hudgins – Hudgins Division – 5 straws of semen with 5 A. I. Certificates on JDH Sir Winston Manso 985/6 ABBA #830788 

Carol Hawksley  - A pair of Authentic TAG Heuer Women’s Sunglasses (Made In France) retail value $365.00.


 Thank you to all the Silent Auction Item Donors!





Monday, October 22, 2012

2012 National Brahman Show dedicated to Shirley Watts

The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) dedicated the 2012 National Brahman Show to Shirley Watts of Tic Tac Toe Ranch in Frost, Texas on October 17, 2012 during the National Brahman Female Show. The show took place over a two day period in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Since 1985, the ABBA has dedicated its National or International Show to deserving individuals. Having participated in the National Brahman Show for 60 plus years, Watts is an icon in the Brahman show ring. Watts, her late husband Max and three daughters Stephanie, Debra and Tammie, have been familiar faces to the Brahman world for years.

Watts is also a renowned judge, having traveled both domestically and internationally to evaluate Brahman cattle. Perhaps most notably, she was the first woman to judge the International Brahman Show in 1998.

“Shirley Watts is most deserving of this honor due to her longtime service and promotion of the Brahman breed,” said ABBA executive vice president, Chris Shivers. “Not only has she excelled in the showring, but she understands the commercial industry.”

Watts currently serves a leadership position with the ABBA, as a member of the Board of Directors, and is considered an asset to all levels of the organization. Her participation in the ABBA, her dedication to the breed, and her passion for Brahman cattle has earned her an esteemed standing with fellow breeders.

“To be respected by your peers is one of the greatest honors you can have,” said fellow long-time Brahman breeder, Jim Williams, V8 Ranch, of Watts during the dedication presentation. “… she has that wonderful respect.”

The ABBA is proud to dedicate the 2012 National Brahman Show to Shirley Watts.