Meet your 2016 honorees!
Maynard and Sandi Warnken of Rockin’ W Ranch in Schulenburg, Texas.
We would like to extend our sincerest THANK YOU FOR SELECTING US AS YOUR 2016 HONOREES. It is very humbling to be acknowledged for doing something that we enjoy very much and that has afforded us the opportunity to be part of the “Hereford Family” and the Hereford industry. The friendships we have made will forever be part of our fondest memories.
Maynard grew up in Schulenburg, Texas and graduated from Schulenburg High School in 1964. While in High School, Maynard enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and went off to basic training three days after graduation. Later he began a career with the Kiddie City Toy Stores, managing their retail toy stores. Sandi, originally from Johnson City, Texas started her career in Austin, Texas with Southwestern Bell Telephone where the two of them met and married in 1966. Maynard spent 10 years working in the retail field opening stores in both Texas and Oklahoma. In 1974, he started a career in toy sales with McConnell and Associates. In the fall of 1979, he became an independent sales representative starting up his own sales representative company which included acquiring showroom space in the World Trade Center in Dallas, Texas. Selling toys takes Maynard all over the world. He still manages Classic Sales and Marketing headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
Maynard and Sandi have two children – Tami and Kevin. Tami is married to Patrick Walker and has two daughters, Kaleigh age 16 and Keaton age 9. Kevin is married to Sandra Warnken and they have three children, Kaine, age 19, Blane, age 12, and Keeley age 7.
Maynard and Sandi started with polled Hereford heifers from Joey Skrivanek and Jimmy Farrington for both of their children when they were in FFA while living in Katy, Texas. They moved backed to Schulenburg, Texas in 1988. The Rockin”W started small with five show heifers and has grown to 100 head of registered Hereford females and approximately 200 head of xbred commercial cows used for recipient for their extensive embryo program and Hereford/Brahamn F1 calves. The ranch is a family run operation. Kevin manages the Rockin’W and makes all breeding decisions and currently does the majority of the embryo work at the ranch. Kevin’s sons, Kaine and Blane, help on the ranch – helping with the hay and cattle work as needed. Currently the ranch is approximately 1300 acres in several locations of Fayette County.
Maynard and Sandi held their first production sale in 2000, but in 2008 we suffered a severe drought forcing us to discontinue the production sales while rebuilding. Rockin”W has raised numerous National Champions: RW Diamond 98170 2030, exhibited by Jonathan Blin at the 2003 Junior Nationals and most notable, RW Mindy 8007 6096 and KLD RW 0031 Mindy D108 shown by Kirbie Day. Mindy has gone on to produce many National Champions. Most recently RW KLD Mindy Too 4080 2020 ET co-owned with Paul and Kirby Day was named 2014 National Horned Champion and also 2013-2014 Show Heifer of the Year Southwest Region . Hosting several field days, college judging teams and Texas A&M vet classes at the ranch has always played an important part of their operation.
Maynard has served two terms on the TPHA Board and served as president in 2000 and 2001. He is a member and Trustee at Freyburg United Methodist Church. Sandi has served on the Texas Poll-ettes board in numerous positions, National Poll-ette board, National Queen Chairman and Chairman of the Board. Sandi was selected as National Poll-ette of the year in 2001. She also has served on the South Texas Polled Hereford Association Board for several years. She is a member of the Navidad Valley Cattlewomen serving as secretary. Sandi is also a member and treasurer for Freyburg United Methodist Church.
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The Texas Polled Hereford Association (TPHA) Is A Not For Profit Organization With Membership Consisting Of Dedicated Polled Hereford Breeders Throughout The Great State Of Texas.
TPHA Believes That This Breed Has A Great Foundation And History In The Beef Industry And These Fine Cattlemen Will Make Great Contributions To The Industry For Future Generations Of Cattle Enthusiasts.
The Organization Strives To Deliver Value To Its Membership By Focusing Resources On Assisting Members And Regional Associations Wtih Marketing Their Operations Or Genetics. Promoting The Polled Hereford Breed And Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) To Non-Members. Providing Eduational And Fellowship Opportunities To The Membership. Supporting The State Junior Associations Through Scholarships And Various Awards Programs.