by Sara Lindley, June 24, 2013
The Texas Junior Brahman Association show this past week/weekend was dedicated to the memory of my dad. It has been such an honor that three different shows were dedicated to him since he passed away. Thank you to all who have honored his memory in many ways and to so many friends who have shared their memories of the impacts he had on youth and adults alike in the Brahman breed. There is absolutely no way to name everyone....but I hope you all know how much you meant to him and to us.
Hunt County Fair Brahman Show Dedication June 10, 2013
Texas Junior Brahman Association Show Dedication June 23, 2013
HLSR International Show Dedication
This year’s International Show was dedicated in memory of past President Billy Dan Lindley of Sulphur Springs, Texas. For 18 years Billy Dan Lindley served on the ABBA Board of Directors, on the Executive Committee for 11 continuous years, and as president from 2009-2011. He also served on the board and as president of the Texas Brahman Association. During his tenure with ABBA he initiated many of the things that you still see today in both ABBA and AJBA.
This presentation was made during the International Show in the Main Arena of Reliant Center on Thursday to his family by Executive Vice President Chris Shivers, President Ricky Hughes, and Vice President Bubba Sartwelle.
Suzanne, Sara, Savannah and Blaine with special show friends Barry Parks, Shannon Brown, Pat Dillard, Mike Philips, Victor, and Nancy McKenney.
Billy Dan Lindley In memory of a beloved friend of ABBA
Printed with permission Ashley Charanza editor, of THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW™
It is indeed an honor to receive the ABBA International Show dedication, but it is an honor that is earned. The distinction says an individual has placed the breed, the association and its members at the core of their efforts, given freely of their time to better the organization and contributed to the breed significantly.
This year’s ABBA International Show will be dedicated in the memory of Billy Dan Lindley, a man who more than fulfills the criteria. Lindley exemplified service, leadership and at the very center of his efforts was the prevailing thought of what would be in the best long-term interest of the Brahman breed.
Lindley pictured with friend, J. D. Sartwelle, Jr.
Billy Dan and Chris Shivers with Louisiana Brahman friends.
Lindley, who served as ABBA president from 2009-2011, passed away in December 2012. He raised Brahman cattle for 45 years and served as a leader of the breed on a regional, state and national level for many of those 45 years.
Lindley valued leadership. His presidency will be remembered as one where the emphasis was placed on identifying breeders with knowledge and/or expertise in particular areas and utilizing those strengths within the ABBA committee structure. Strong relationships were established between the committee chairmen and their members. He encouraged all in leadership to work together to accomplish tasks and strengthen the promotion of the breed.
Billy Dan checking cows at the ranch in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
A year ago at the conclusion of his presidency, The American Brahman Review (TABR) carried a story on Lindley. Carl McKenney, a longtime Brahman breeder and a past president of ABBA said in that article that Lindley was an organized president that pushed the committee members in the right direction and urged them to achieve their goals.
At the end of his presidency, Lindley summed it up this way, “We worked hard on organization and getting people to work together.”
“Billy Dan Lindley was a long time breeder and friend of ABBA, but it was his service and contributions that earned him this recognition. He was a giver to the organization and wanted what was best for the members. Each committee he chaired made monumental strides and all this culminated with him being remembered as one of the most fair presidents the ABBA has ever experienced,” remembered Chris Shivers, ABBA executive vice-president.
Billy Dan and his longtime friend Jill Williams.
Billy Dan and Suzanne with close friends Carl and Nancy McKenney..
He entered the Brahman business in 1967 with a purchase of a Brahman female. The Sulphur Springs, Texas program grew in numbers, along with the Lindley family’s love for the breed. He, his wife, Suzanne, and daughters Sara and Susan became active ABBA members, and the girls came through the ranks of the Texas Junior Brahman Breeders Association and the national junior organization.
Billy Dan and Carl McKenney visi9ting with a Brazilian Brahman friend.
His wife would travel over 50,000 miles with him during his presidency and kept a journal about places they visited, the events they attended, breeders they met and the friendships developed. He credited her involvement as crucial to the success of their breeding program and his various Brahman leadership positions.
Professionalism and passion for the breed would be accurate descriptions of not just Lindley as a person, but of Lindley as a leader. He gained the respect and admiration of Brahman breeders worldwide. All who ever met or conducted business with him mourned his passing.
Billy Dan with daughters and grandchildren, all active in the ABBA.
Suzanne was the photographer.
Billy Dan, Suzanne and ABBA Recording Secretary,
Since 1986 the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) has, when deemed appropriate, honored someone by dedicating the International Show in their name. The ABBA Board of Directors proudly dedicates the 2013 International Show to the memory of Billy Dan Lindley and with this dedication recognizes the service and leadership he provided to the ABBA and its membership.
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EXCERPTS FROM PRESENTATION
In memory of a beloved friend of ABBA
Billy Dan Lindley
This year’s International Show was dedicated in memory of past President Billy Dan Lindley of Sulphur Springs, Texas..
The presentation was made during the International Show in the Main Arena of Reliant Center on Thursday to his family by Executive Vice President Chris Shivers, President Ricky Hughes, and Vice President Bubba Sartwelle.
by Chris Shivers, Executive Vice President, ABBA
Starting in 1985 the American Brahman Breeders Association has honored deserving individuals as the opportunity has presented itself as dedicatee’s of the National or International Show. Today is certainly one of those opportunities. In 1967 Billy Dan & Suzanne Lindley of Sulphur Springs, Texas became members of the American Brahman Breeders Association. Billy Dan like many others started his Brahman herd as a family project and ultimately raised the majority of the show calves his daughters exhibited.
As many know, Billy Dan was a Middle School principal and he spent much of his time and energy in this occupation. However, it was Brahman Cattle that were his true passion. For 18 years Billy Dan Lindley served on the ABBA Board of Directors, on the Executive Committee for 11 continuous years and as president from 2009-2011. He also served on the board and as president of the Texas Brahman Association.
Billy Dan was a good breeder of cattle producing and marketing a number of champions and replacement animals alike but it was his dedication, service and leadership to the American Brahman Breeders Association that most will remember him for. Much of the success that both the ABBA and the AJBA have experienced are due to Billy Dan Lindley. One of his first committee assignments was to the Youth Activities Committee of which he soon became chairman.
During his tenure he made a lot of progress and initiated many of the things that you still see today such as the AJBA Directors dressing uniform, the Australian Exchange Program and the Top 5 All Around recognitions just to name a few. His next assignment was to the ABBA Membership Committee where under his guidance the ABBA Newsletter was started to better communicate with the membership and a fee structure that was better suited for small breeders was implemented.
He served on the ABBA Executive Committee during one of the most trying times both politically and financially and with his assistance the organization became more unified and on a sounder footing. Most would agree that Billy Dan Lindley was one of the fairest presidents to ever be elected. He believed in letting everyone share their opinion before a decision was made. Once the decision was made he would uphold and support that decision to the end. During his term the ABBA developed and implemented a Long Range Plan which has proved to be one of the most beneficial exercises the association has ever done.
Although, I have focused mostly on the accomplishments of Billy Dan as this honor is in his memory he would be the first to admit that everything he did was truly a team effort with he and Mrs. Suzanne. Although, he was the front man and received the credit it was she that was behind the scenes making things happen. Together they have driven countless miles, spent 29 wedding anniversaries and a number of days attending events and promoting the Brahman breed.
I could go on and on with his many achievements but I think I can conclude and safely say that the ABBA, the Brahman breed and the world is better today because of the works of Billy Dan Lindley and for this the 2013 International Brahman Show is being dedicated in his memory.