DPHS junior Garrett Soto drives a calf to the floor of NRG Stadium at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble. Soto earned funds toward a calf purchase which he will show at next year's event. Photo provided by Brenda Soto.
Deer Park FFA member Garrett Soto recently participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble and succeeded in catching a calf. By capturing a calf, Soto earned $1,750 toward a steer of his choice.
Over the next year, Soto will raise this steer and show it at the 2018 HLSR event where he will have an opportunity at scholarships and prize money toward his college plans.
During the next 12 months, Soto will take the steer to progress shows to get the animal used to being in the show ring and around other animals. This opportunity will also give Soto an idea of the competition at the 2018 Houston show.
Like many of his classmates, Soto is at the FFA barn twice a day for several hours. He has played for the football team for three years and has maintained a GPA that has kept him in the top 7 percent of his class.
Soto will also be showing a steer and goat at the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo in September.