Longhorn Extravaganza returns to downtown Oklahoma City

The International Texas Longhorn Association's Longhorn Extravaganza was held Saturday in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center, where more than 400 longhorn cattle from about 15 states were on display.
by Silas Allen Published: September 22, 2013
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Up close, Cowboy Tuff Chex looks like he could toss a grown man across a room without thinking twice about it.

But the fact that the Texas Longhorn bull could do that doesn't mean he would.

“He's very, very gentle,” said Bob Loomis, owner of Loomis Longhorns. “He's just a big old puppy.”

Loomis and his wife, Pam, raised the bull at their ranch in southern Oklahoma, near Marietta. On Saturday, Cowboy Tuff Chex posted a record for the longest horns for a bull at the International Texas Longhorn Association's Longhorn Extravaganza in Oklahoma City.

The event, which was hosted at Cox Convention Center, showcased more than 400 longhorn cattle from about 15 states. During the festival, Cowboy Tuff Chex's mother, Rio Catchit, also broke the horn-length record for a longhorn cow.

Although his horns aren't as long as his mother's, Cowboy Tuff Chex still has time to grow. The bull will turn three years old in three months, meaning his horns will keep growing quickly for a few years.

This was the second year for the event in Oklahoma, said Larry Lonero, president of the association. In years past, the event generally has been held near Fort Worth, Texas. But a few years ago, when the association began looking for other cities to host the event, Oklahoma City seemed like a good fit, he said.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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A lot of people confuse horns with temperament because they watch too many cartoons.”

Larry Lonero,
president of the International Texas Longhorn Association

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