Newcastle senior Logan Davis accepts most of the credit for the performance of Walter, his crossbred steer that took top prize at this year’s Oklahoma Youth Expo. But really, a lot of the championship win sits squarely on the back of the 1,318-pound beast, Davis said. After all, a cowhand — neophyte or old-timer — is only as good as his steer. “I really don’t know how to put it into words,” Davis said, smiling. “I give the animal credit first, but since I’ve been doing this so long I was able to exhibit him correctly and let the judges get a good look at him.” Walter, who stares a menacing stare but never smiles, fetched $60,000 at Monday night’s Sale of Champions, an auction-style event that caps off nearly two weeks of the Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair Park. The steer was one of nearly 2,000 entered for the state championship of junior livestock showing, and one of 10,000 head of livestock overall that participated this year. Placing the winning bid on Walter was Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Tener’s Western Outfitters, Bank of Western Oklahoma, Ralph Chain of the Chain Ranch, Robyn Promotions & Printing, the McAfee & Taft law firm, Bob Moore Auto Group, Express Ranches, Premium Beef, Wynnes Feed & Seed, and Natural Solutions for Livestock. Davis said the money will help him pay tuition at Oklahoma State University, but he also will donate some of the proceeds to a co-competitor from Cordell who was sidelined this year with cancer. Davis said he won third- and second-place at previous Expos, and hopes his championship win this year will inspire younger children to get involved in showing livestock. “It would have been easy for me to say the heck with this, I’m done, and just throw in the towel, but consistency and patience paid off,” he said. “It shows you can never give up.” In all, more than $750,000 in cash bids were awarded Monday to the Expo’s top 208 exhibitors, with an additional $150,000 in scholarships awarded to this year’s senior exhibitors, said Tyler Norvell, executive director for the Expo. It’s the culmination of months of work raising, grooming and training livestock — a long-term project that tests the patience and work ethic of FFA and 4-H youth from across the state. “These kids have put in a lot of hard work and time — hours upon hours — and now they’re being rewarded for it,” Norvell said.