Special to the News-Standard
Traveling across the great State of Texas and the country for the most part can be daunting but not when you are on a mission. Jack Cutter Sullivan, Groveton native and Sophmore at GHS, can tell you all about it. He has traveled near and far across the United States exhibiting livestock, breeding heifers, and has seemed to rack up in the titles, namesakes, scholarships, prizes, awards and friendships.
Jack is no stranger to the winners circle in the stock show industry. When I asked him what his favorite moment was this past year, or any year, he replied “I went to Limousin Junior Nationals last summer in Grand Island, Nebraska and was selected as Grand Champion Limousin Heifer but I also won the Intermediate Showmanship contest while there too. Basically, that meant I had the number one Limousin Heifer in the US and was selected as a National Showman a day apart. My brother won Limousin Junior Nationals a few years before me so for two brothers to have that honor, three national champion titles is unbelievable. It just doesn’t happen that often to the same family, same breeder or same genetics”.
Sullivan has grown up in the Flat Prairie Community around beef cattle all his life. Showing cattle such as heifers and steers came quite easily, as well as naturally, considering his brother, Cole Sullivan, left some big shoes to fill. Both Sullivan brothers left an imprint for Texas Majors, International Heifer Shows, Groveton FFA and the local Trinity County 4-H Club. Sullivan never meets a stranger and most everyone recognizes him at stock shows.
Jack Cutter Sullivan not only won the Limousin Junior Nationals this past summer, he went on to win Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Open Show, and Reserve Champion at Rodeo Austin. Jack also won 1st at Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, 1st at San Antonio Livestock Show and 2nd at HLSR while competing in the TJLA Showmanship Series. He concluded the year with winning Overall Champion Texas Junior Limousin Association Senior Showman. If you know Jack Cutter Sullivan, you know he has grit and determination in his eye when he walks into the ring. He knows people are watching him and when I asked him “what do you do when you lose”? His response was “shake the opponent’s hand, say ‘Congratulations’ and regroup. Try harder and do better but always be respectful”.
He has the hardware, buckles, trophies, banners and memorabilia from each show displayed at home. Sullivan proudly wears his Limousin Junior National Showmanship buckle on his belt. His says that managing school, sports, calendars, community events and livestock shows can be hard, but you never give up no matter the circumstance. Being able to interact with exhibitors, friends and family from all over the nation is truly what the livestock showing industry is about. That seems to the backbone of success. With all of the livestock activities Jack Cutter Sullivan seems to be in, he also is extremely active at Groveton High School in athletics being on Varsity in each sport. His favorite thing to do outside of the show ring is playing baseball, running cross country and fishing. He hustles and is extremely competitive. Sullivan is a 4-H District 5 Gold Star Recipient for Trinity County. He went to UIL State in Varsity 2A Cross Country in the fall and was named District 22 Baseball 2nd Team All District Infielder this spring for GHS. Jack Cutter Sullivan is a hometown boy competing in a huge world outside of Trinity County.