February 11, 2014
Fresh off a victory at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January, the Blinn College livestock judging team carried that momentum into this weekend’s Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, defeating 16 teams to claim top honors.
“The momentum from a win always helps moving forward,” coach Joe Rathmann said.
Blinn placed first in cattle judging and second in the sheep and hog judging contests.
Brenham native Sarah Weiss placed fourth overall. Karah Bradley (Lady Lake, Fla.), competing as an individual, placed ninth overall and received a perfect score in horse judging.
“That’s pretty hard to do,” Rathmann said.
The team is made up of Weiss, Cody Doubet (Parker, Colo.), Terrell Herd (Nazareth), Ron Snyder III (Perryton) and Jess Shields (Stinnett).
“We were a lot more consistent in this competition—the entire team placed in the top 20,” Rathmann said. “That makes it a lot easier to be successful as a team.”
Blinn’s Division of Agricultural Sciences is one of the fastest growing divisions at Blinn College with almost 800 students currently enrolled – roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub.
In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.
For more information on Blinn’s Ag Sciences program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agriculture.