THEY'RE known for their distinctively long horns and varied colour patterns - and this weekend the unique cattle breed will take centre stage in Scone.
Texas Longhorns Australia (TLA) is bringing its National Show and Sale to White Park, Scone on Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8.
Longhorns cattle lovers will unite from all over the country, with the wider community invited to find out more about the beautiful breed.
TLA sale co-ordinator John Hoare said the committee made the decision to move the show and sale to Scone because of the state-of-the-art facility at White Park.
"The facilities that were available to us at Scone really met our needs as an association to hold the show on one day and the sale on the second day," he said.
In previous years the event has been held at Gunnedah Saleyards and Mr Hoare said the move was an executive decision that "wasn't made lightly".
"It was an opportunity to move with the times and give vendors the opportunity to sell their cattle in the best facilities possible," he said.
"We looked at other saleyard facilities but also we were conscious that we wanted to keep it in a country area."
The weekend begins on Friday September 6 with a 'Meet and Greet' at the Scone RSL from 6pm, open to longhorn enthusiasts, new and old TLA members.
Saturday September 7 at White Park is the 6th National Texas Longhorns Australia Show, where 25 Texas Longhorns will be competing in a variety of classes, to be judged by Patrick Holt, starting at 11am.
"Patrick Holt actually imported the first longhorns into Australia, so it's a great honour to have him as our judge this year," Mr Hoare added.
Entry numbers are slightly down due to drought conditions, however members will be coming from all parts of the eastern seaboard to show their cattle.
"We are gaining more and more interest every year with the breed, its uniqueness and characteristics," Mr Hoare added.
"It's people intrigued by them and then they become very addictive because of their personality as a breed.
"They're a really gentle animal. The horns are just a characteristic - they're certainly not an aggressive animal and they've got great maternal instincts and look after their young very well."
Longhorns are also known for their hardiness and adaptability which makes them perfect for the harshness of the Australian conditions.
"People don't realise until they get into the breed just how much money you can return from a longhorn," Mr Hoare added.
Following the show on Saturday night at 6pm is the AGM, General Meeting and Dinner to be held at the Scone RSL.
This year TLA celebrates its 10th Annual Sale, starting at 10:30am on Sunday September 8 at White Park Scone, with 61 Lots of cattle available for purchase, as well as unique longhorn items.
The sale is also being broadcast live online with Elite Online Auctions, with live simulcast bidding. Agent Dean Taylor of Davidson Cameron & Co will be Auctioneer of the 10th annual sale.
"Ten years is a great achievement for a small association with our numbers of breeders quite stable with more and more people showing interest as they look to alternatives to value add on their property," Mr Hoare added.
"The network within the longhorn family with America is something that you can make lifelong friends in, it provides the opportunity to travel and create lifelong memories.
"Anybody that is at all interested to see these majestic animals, we encourage them to get along to the show and the sale."
For more information on the Sale and to view the Sale catalogue www.texaslonghornsaustralia.com.au and follow Texas Longhorns Australia on Facebook or contact TLA sale co-ordinator John Hoare on 0417 148 858