Photo / Leo Wesson
While Becky Renfro Borbolla watched the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Junior Sale of Champions five years ago, she noticed that women were not buying the prized steers men were bidding on. Women should also buy the steers, especially ones raised by young women, she thought.
“I sent out 75 emails to women I knew and asked if they would join me,” Becky says.
In four weeks, the women contributed $45,000.
Thus, was born an organization called Women Steering Business that has contributed more than $650,000 in four years to buy steers raised by young women.
It is not a fundraising organization. Each of the 189 current members donates a minimum of $500 per year to buy steers. Last year, Women Steering Business bought 12-year-old Saige Martin’s reserve grand champion steer, Goosebumps, for $170,000.
Young women, ages 9 through high school seniors, raise the steers and other animals. In caring for these animals, they learn a trade, Becky says. The money goes directly to the young women to help raise their next animal or into paying for their college education.
As prominent member Mayor Betsy Price said, “We want to encourage young, strong women to get out there.”
In their signature, red jackets, Women Steering Business members buy six to eight steers a year.
“The more we learn about these young women, and the more we learn about the responsibilities they take on to raise these steers, the more inspired we become,” Becky says.
President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.