Houston receives Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Award
Colorado cattle rancher Ben R. Houston has been named recipient of the “Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Award” for 2002 by the Kentucky State Fair Board.
Houston will be honored on Nov. 17 when his portrait will be unveiled at a banquet during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville.
Since the Saddle and Sirloin was founded in 1903 at the Chicago Union Stock Yards, more than 340 industry leaders have been honored.
Named “Citizen of the West” in 1995, Houston has been a long-time manager and owner of cattle ranches and in 1973 exhibited the Grand Champion Angus Bull and Grand Champion Charolais Bull and Female at the National Western Stock Show. As a child, Houston showed cattle with his father at the Stock Show in 1938.
A National Western director since 1972, Houston has numerous livestock achievements and awards to his credit and most recently was named to the American Angus Association Heritage Foundation.
Ben married Anita Lambert in 1950 and the Houstons have four children, Diane Hergert, Pam Miller and Scott and Skylar Houston, both active partners in the family’s Aristocrat Angus ranch in Platteville, Colo.
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