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.

2019 – 2020
Texas Polled Hereford Association State Directory


Charlie and Doris Shelley

CDS Polled Herefords

Charlie Lee Shelley  Dec. 6, 1930-Nov. 3, 2016

Doris Shelley March 16, 1933-

Charlie always had a love for farming and cattle (from helping his own family and siblings, to becoming a ranch foreman, to owning his own farm/ranch and service station.  But even more than that he was a friend to everyone.  As a husband/father/grandfather/great grandfather, he put others first.  He was sought out for advice by many and always offered an open minded approach with kindness and helpfulness in the forefront.

Charlie graduation in 1948 from Whitney High School.  His love was the Future Farmers of America.  He was awarded the highest degree (American Farmer) in Kansas City in in 1951.

Married Doris in 1951.  They lived in Whitney until purchasing a farm in Hillsboro in 1959.

Children:  Carolyn Hill and husband Kenneth, Pennie Sumrall and husband Edward, and Jason Shelley and partner Tommy.

Grandchildren:  Keri Hill Jones and husband Robert, Amanda Loggins Terrill and husband Cooper and Hanna Sumrall and husband Emerald

Great Grandchildren:  Adison and Asher Jones and a little boy Terrill due in June.

IN 1951, while working for the Shannon Ranch in Whitney, he and Doris exhibited a 1,000 pound grand champion steer at the Corsicana Livestock and Agricultural Show. He was described as a “gangling farm boy from Whitney” and Doris did the showing.   He also exhibited 2 steers at the State Fair of Texas and won a $20.00 cash premium on one steer.  The other steer sold at the auction for $47.00 per hundred and weighted 1370 pounds.  This weight, however, is shrunk 3%, and the actual cash receipts for the steer was $624.63.  All of this info is exactly what was reported in the local newspaper.

In 1952 he went to work for Gollihar Hereford Farms in Whitney and acquired his first Polled Hereford Heifer.  He continued working and showing animals for the Gollihar Ranch until moving to Hillsboro.

Predominant bloodlines of note for CDS Polled Herefords was Mesa Domino and Lamplighter-as well as others. Charlie continually worked to improve the bloodlines by going to AI school and incorporating this knowledge on the farm.  CDS Polled Herefords sold cattle from Texas to Colorado to Canada and many places in between.  They sold club calves to local, state and out of state boys and girls and served as mentors to many.

Charlie and Doris “lived and breathed” cattle.  Going to a stock show was considered their “vacation”.  The showing accomplishments of their children and those showing their cattle made them the happiest.  They hosted various field days and tours for the Texas Polled Hereford Association at the ranch.  They were instrumental in establishing the Texas Jr. Polled Hereford Association in 1968 and served as advisors/sponsors for many years.  Charlie was active in various cattle associations.  He served as President of the Central Texas Polled Hereford Association.  He worked closely with the Hill County Extension Service on various committees and served in many capacities at the Hill County Youth Fair.  He never missed a fair (showing while he was in High School and then attending or assisting once his kids began their showing career (Carolyn in 1961).  He attended his last Hill County Fair in 2016 (8 months before he passed away).  He  probably served on every fair committee and for many years was show ring superintendent for heifers and steers. He was also a 4-H Adult leader for many years.

Their children and grandchildren showed CDS Polled Hereford Cattle exclusively.  Charlie was a man of few words and quiet actions-but if his children or grandchildren were showing an animal you could always find him pacing around the outer edges of the showring.


*showed the 1st Polled Hereford to win a Jr. show championship at the Ft. Worth Fat Stock Show (this was when Polled Herefords showed with horned Herefords).  Reserve Grand Champion female. Yes, Charlie did a lot of pacing during that show!

*Won showmanship in 1966 at the State Fair of Texas Steer Show

*Miss Texas Poll-ette-1972

*First Secretary of the Texas Jr. Polled Hereford Association

* Multiple Grand and Reserve Champion steers and heifers at the Hill County Fair, Clifton Fair and other shows

*won multiple showmanships at various shows


*1977 Reserved Champion Polled Hereford Heifer-Ft. Worth Fat Stock Show

*1978 Grand Champion Polled Hereford Steer-Ft. Worth Fat Stock Show-definitely more pacing around the ring by Charlie

* won numerous showmanships at various shows

*held various offices in the Texas Jr. Polled Hereford Association

*multiple Grand and Reserved Champion steers and heifers at the Hill County Fair, Heart of Texas Fair and other shows


*showed in the 1980’s

*held various offices in the Texas Jr. Polled Hereford Association

*1987-Capital of Texas Jr. Beef Heifer Expo Grand Champion-Yes, more pacing around the ring by Charlie

*Showed in all major Texas shows-Austin, Waco, San Antonio, Hill County, etc

*won numerous showmanships at various shows

*multiple Grand and Reserved Champion steers and heifers at Hill County Fair and other shows

Doris still resides on the family farm in Hillsboro.