Tom and Lois Ames one of three honored by the American Junior Angus for dedication to youth activities.
—American Angus Association
Tom and Lois Ames, Spruce Mountain Ranch; Eddie and Connie Sydenstricker, Sydenstricker Genetics; and Ram Sims honored at 2013 National Junior Angus Show.
Tom and Lois Ames
Tom and Lois Ames of Spruce Mountain Ranch Larkspur, Colo., have made it their mission to support Angus youth and future agricultural leaders. Whether it’s by supporting their local 4-H organization or hosting the annual Leading Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference, the Ames family believes that investing time in the next generation should be a number one priority.
Because of the support they have graciously shown for Angus youth and the Angus Foundation, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) chose to induct Tom and Lois Ames into the Honorary Angus Foundation during the 2013 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Kansas City, Mo.
"Tom and Lois are very deserving of the prestigious Honorary Angus Foundation recognition for all they’ve done for the Angus Foundation and NJAA in recent years," says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. "Benefactors like the Ames, have encouraged and inspired other Angus breeders to join them in supporting the Angus Foundation’s efforts to advance education, youth and research."
The Ames family has shown much hospitality to the American Angus Association in hosting the 2012 LEAD participants for dinner, as well as hosting the Angus Foundation’s Angus Night on the Mountain fundraising events the past two years during the National Western Stock Show in Denver. In addition, the Ames family has also purchased live auction items with proceeds supporting the Angus Foundation and donated gifts for other fundraising events, such as the 2010 "BLACKONTRACK" event at Churchill Downs.
Tom and Lois Ames both got their start in the cattle industry while growing up on dairy farms. They also shared an interest in raising beef cattle, so in 1999, they jumped at the opportunity to purchase Spruce Mountain Ranch. With the help of their general manager, Mitch Rohr, they decided that Angus cattle would be the best fit for their ranch. Their ultimate goals are to sustain a purebred Angus seed stock operation, as well as create a distinct landscape and resort-like atmosphere for family, guests and potential customers to enjoy.
Rohr says since he has known the Ames, they have always enjoyed giving back to youth and helping them get involved in the agricultural industry: "They are always supporting local youth programs and continued their support into the Angus Foundation due to the opportunities that are given to the youth. This award means a lot to them because they’re always trying to make a difference in the next generation."
Eddie and Connie Sydenstricker