February 25, 2014
The Blinn College livestock judging team came a mere point away from capturing its third consecutive championship this weekend at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
Redlands (Okla.) Community College took home the top prize with 3,712 points to Blinn’s 3,711. Blinn was coming off back-to-back victories in national competitions, taking home top honors in livestock and carload judging competitions at the National Western Stock Show in Denver and winning the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Ft. Worth earlier this year.
Taylor Walker (Spring Branch) placed fourth, Sarah Weiss (Brenham) was eighth and Jeff Shields (Stinnett) placed 10th in individual competition in San Antonio.
“To have three in the top 10 and five in the top 20, the kids did really well,” said coach Brice Mund. “We’re hoping that going into the last competition of the year that we can keep building some confidence and momentum.”
The team finishes its season at the Houston Livestock Show March 17. The team is coached by Mund and Joseph Rathmann and is directed by Doug Pierce.
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.