Abbott FFA member Daylan Schulz sold his grand champion goat, Willie, for a world record amount of $180,000 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Friday, March 17.
Schulz, a junior at Abbott High School, participated in the Junior Market Lamb and Goat Show with Willie, who he named after his hometown hero, Willie Nelson.
Schulz and Willie won in the heavy weight class before being awarded Division 4 champion and then going on to win grand champion goat of the entire show.
“It’s just pure joy and amazement,” he said. “Filled with emotions that your hard work has actually paid off—eight years of hard work paid off.”
Schulz has been showing goats for nine years and has participated in the Houston show for eight years.
He said that the experience of winning at the show has been a dream.
After high school, Schulz plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in construction science or industrial distribution.
He is guaranteed $30,000 of the world-record sale price, with the remainder going toward scholarships for other students.
The rumors of Willie Nelson’s imminent demise have been exaggerated, his publicist says, disputing reports the country music icon is on death’s door.
“He’s perfectly fine,” Elaine Schock told the Associated Press on Wednesday, attempting to finally shut down rumors sparked by a March 13 Radar Online story that described the 83-year-old as “deathly ill” and said his lungs weren’t strong enough to perform.
A “bad cold” forced Nelson to cancel several shows in January and February, but he was back onstage by Feb. 16, when he played at a San Antonio rodeo. And last week he performed at a Houston stadiumfor 75,000 fans, where he appeared to be in good health and had no problems singing.
Wllie Nelson has played nearly a dozen shows in recent weeks and is not deathly ill, his publicist said, despite a series of reports claiming the country music legend is struggling to breathe.
A March 13 Radar Online report quoted an anonymous source saying Nelson was “deathly ill,” weak as a baby and unable to muster the breath to sing. The story is the basis for reports shared by other websites, including washingtonfeed.com and uconservative.net.
Elaine Schock, Nelson’s publicist, denied the reports and pointed to his performances at concerts in recent weeks as evidence of the singer’s health.
Nelson’s death has been erroneously reported so many times that he addresses the problem on his new album, God’s Problem Child, due in April.
A sample lyric from Still Not Dead: “The Internet said I had passed away, but you can’t believe a damn thing that they say.”
Ticktets on sale Feb. 17th
$45.27 – $1,019.86
11860 FM 306
New Braunfels, TX
Special offer! A copy of Willie Nelson’s forthcoming album is included with every pair of tickets you order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to receive your CD following your ticket purchase.