By ANGIE PARKINSON
Valley resident Doug Hunt believes in winning. A retired coach
and teacher who spent time at Dixie High School
and Weber State University, Hunt said he never had a losing season.
Last winter he won a battle with cancer and now he is winning again
with another one of his endeavors -- a herd of Texas Longhorn cattle.
His young bull, named Hunt's Commands Respect, recently won the
Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America Horn Showcase Tip
to Tip contest for his age group.
At the contest, held in November in Fort Worth, Texas, Hunt's
Commands Respect's horns measured 70 inches from tip to tip.
The bull, with horns that now measure 71 inches from tip to tip,
was the first in his age group in the competition's history to
hit 70 inches and was the 3-year-old with the longest horns ever
And Hunt said the bull's horns are poised to continue breaking
association records. Judging by the point on the horns where the
blood reaches, Hunt said, the horns will continue to grow.
Hunt's wife, Dianne Hunt, said achieving this level of competitiveness
has only come after years of hard work in breeding, researching
and caring for this unique kind of cattle.
"He's worked at it for a lot of years," she said. "... This one
we have here is likely to be the longest in the world."
Since the contest victory, Hunt has received calls from all over
the nation from other Texas Longhorn enthusiasts who want to buy
or breed their animals with Hunt's Commands Respect.
The bull is kept in a corral off the back of Hunt's home some
of the time, separate from the rest of Hunt's herd of 100 that
usually spends its time grazing near Kanab on federal lands.
"He's pretty gentle but I don't ever trust a bull, especially
with horns like that," Hunt said, holding a whipping device with
an electrical shock button as he fed the animal some mashed corn
last week. The animal remained calm as he ate and was photographed.
"He's used to having his picture taken," Hunt said.
For Hunt, raising the Texas Longhorns in Diamond Valley is a hobby
as well as a way of getting back to his roots.
He was raised in Gunlock and his ancestors helped settle the Diamond
Although not raised around Texas Longhorns in particular, Hunt
was fascinated by the animals, said to be the breed that has been
on the American continent the longest.
"These are the American cattle. They're part of the west and part
of a tradition," Hunt said.
Hunt's Commands Respect, named using a combination of his ancestors'
names, is soon heading for an extended stay with a Wyoming Longhorn
enthusiast who is his part-owner. He will then be brought back
to Diamond Valley to continue his career with the Hunts.
Hunt said the bull was named before they knew he would be winning
"The name was just a a luck shot, I guess," he said.