Meet the Judges


Keith DuBose and his family have been involved with the longhorn business for almost 39 years. He started out as the ranch manager for Bar D Ranch and now owns it. A majority of the first Bar D Ranch Texas Longhorns were built around the Butler bloodline. It is very important to him to have correct, total-package longhorn cattle. Keith DuBose has judged many shows over the years including shows for Ark-La-Tex, ETLA, South Texas affiliates, the Colorado State Fair, the Louisiana State Fair, the South Texas State Fair, the World Show for the Trophy Steers and several futurities. Along with that, Keith is the Chairman of the Board, Director at large for TLBAA, Region B.


Dora Thompson, has been raising Registered Texas Longhorns since around 1990 after moving to Mansfield , LA below Shreveport and about 20 miles East of the East Texas State line. From a small beginning to now over 300 head of mama cows (including some Straight Butler) and probably 30 herd sires. Dora has been on the Board of Directors for the TLBAA twice (currently serving as an active Director now). Dora has always stated that she has met some of the nicest people while being involved in Texas Longhorn cattle including the Butler Breeders and sales alike. Dora is also the recipient of the Elmer Parker Lifetime Achievement Award from the TLBAA.    

David Wars
, has been involved with Texas Longhorns for nearly 35 years. David along with his wife Bracy operate as W5 Texas Longhorns. They have two sons with families of their own and 4 Grandchildren.They currently run about 15 - 20 head of registered cattle. David works for the Texas Dept. of Transportation for Trinity County and parts of Houston County. He is currently serving as Director for Region 7 and was recently appointed to the TLBAA Executive Committee to work with Research and Education along with the Mini Longhorn program.David has judged shows and futurities across the country and in the past has worked with Butler cattle and Breeders alike. 

Tammy Tiner
, along with her husband and daughter, Kenn and Laura Harding, began raising Registered Texas Longhorns in 1998 when Laura received a donated heifer. They have been actively involved with the breed ever since. Rafter H Longhorns is proud to have raised and exhibited a number of grand and reserve champions and TLBAA Hall of Fame Winners. Their initial focus was raising animals for Laura to exhibit with the Texas Longhorn Breeders of tomorrow. However, they have acquired and raised a number of straight butler animals and have enjoyed learning the history and traits of this important family of Texas Longhorns. In 2010, it was Tammy's distinct honor to serve as one of the trophy steer judges at the TLBAA World Show. She has also served as TLBT Gold Merit chair. Tammy retired from the department of chemistry at Texas A & M University in 2015. 

Russell Hooks, lives in McGregor, Texas with his wife Felicia Hooks and is a Fifth generation cattleman. Russell has worked as a Ranch Manager, herdsman, custom cattle fitter and showman. Russell has produced numerous area and regional Champions, as well as world and national champions. He and Felicia own and operate Chosen One Genetics, a Embryo Transfer and A.I. Facility. Russell and his wife Felicia raise and maintain a herd of Texas Longhorn cattle that are of the Historic Butler bloodline. Russell travels the country judging numerous Texas Longhorn shows in the our industry for the ITLA and TLBAA. Russell is currently serving as the Vice President and Secretary of ITLA aswell served several years on the TLBAA Breed advisory Committee.