Avid Simmental breeder Eileen DuJardin from Bremond, TX, passed away March 14, 2018. To commemorate DuJardin’s passion for the cattle industry and youth, the Eileen DuJardin Memorial AJSA National Classic Scholarship has been established through the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation. Funds from this scholarship will help sponsor an AJSA member to attend the National Classic each year. Applications are due June 1 via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  
 
DuJardin started out in the cattle industry by purchasing a few Holstein bottle calves and later acquiring two Brahman heifers. When she moved to Texas with her husband in 1989, the ranch they purchased in Reisel was planted to
sunflowers, and the name Sunflower Ranch was born. DuJardin moved her small herd of Brahman to Texas with her and operated on a small level. After her first purchase of a Simmental bull, she fell in love with the breed. DuJardin and Lindsey Ives switched to raising strictly Simmental in 2008 and didn’t look back. In 2013, DuJardin moved the
ranch and cattle to Bremond. She traveled with Lindsey to several Regional and National Classics. Houston was always their favorite and Sunflower Ranch exhibited at several Fort Worth and Houston Livestock shows. Cattle were DuJardin’s love and passion.

DuJardin always had a great love for youth and junior programs. She sponsored classes yearly at the Belt Buckle Bonanza, in Waco, and the fall classic. She also sponsored several youth individually as well as sponsoring local 4-H and FFA programs.  Ives shares, “As I grew up showing in the American Junior Simmental Association, Eileen was an avid supporter of the programs that AJSA has always had to build juniors into not only successful showmen but successful adults.” Even though DuJardin loved the Simmental breed, she was always impressed with the different contests and skill building competitions AJSA required juniors to compete in.  
 
“I distinctly remember having a huge fear of public speaking, and she may or may not have bribed me with a heifer to compete in the public speaking. Let’s just say I ended up doing the public speaking contest,” Ives laughs. “She was always a big fan of supporting juniors who might not always have the best financial backing. She felt that money should not be an obstacle to juniors who wanted to show and work hard. She would lease heifers, donate steers, feed, and haul juniors when needed just to see them get to do what they loved. I know helping a junior attend the National Classic would be
near and dear to her heart.” 

The Eileen DuJardin Memorial AJSA National Classic Scholarship has been established through the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation. Funds from this scholarship will help sponsor an AJSA member to attend the National Classic each year. Donations can be made via check sent to One Genetics Way, Bozeman, MT 59718, or via credit card by calling 406.587-4531.