Back in 1980, the founding members of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate raised $20,000 for bids at the Junior Sale of Champions. Now, 39 years later, the Syndicate raises well over $3 million a year to make the dreams of young livestock exhibitors come true.

The Syndicate’s membership of more than 100 individuals works tirelessly, year-round, to raise money from potential sponsors to ensure that every animal up for auction at the Junior Sale of Champions is sold at a premium price.

These sponsors make a huge difference in the lives of individual students by encouraging the pursuit of higher education and careers in the agricultural industry.

Over the years, the Syndicate has grown to become the largest financial supporter of junior exhibitors. Since 1980, they’ve raised $64.2 million for the youth exhibitors, provided over $2.0 million in scholarships for 4-H and FFA members, and helped more than 9,000 kids pursue their agricultural goals.

At the 2020 Junior Sale of Champions, the Grand Champion Steer of the Show sold for an all-time high of $300,000. In all, the sale shattered its record total by nearly $800,000, raising $4.749 million for the youth exhibitors, the eighth consecutive year that the auction has topped $3 million.