The Blinn College livestock judging team recently capped its season with a top-five finish at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The team placed second overall in a field that included more than 175 contestants on 24 teams. It was a fitting finish for sophomores Sarah Weiss (Brenham), Cody Doubet (Parker, Colo.), Terrell Herd (Nazareth), Ron Snyder III (Perryton), Jack Oates (Ontario, Canada) and Jess Shields (Stinnett).
“I can guarantee their success will continue on to whatever university and career path they choose,” coach Brice Mund said.
Doubet tied for top individual honors and placed second in a tiebreaker, while Weiss was one of 15 junior college competitors to earn Academic All-America honors. To be eligible, students must hold at least a 3.8 grade point average (GPA), and his or her placing at the American Royal Livestock Show (Kansas City), North American International Livestock Exposition (Louisville), National Western Stock Show (Denver) and Houston Livestock Stock Show are taken into account.
“We are incredibly proud that she has succeeded in livestock judging as well as in the classroom,” Mund said.
Whitney Grantham (Brenham) placed third overall in the alternate contest.
On the season, Blinn placed first in three competitions—the livestock and carload competitions at the National Western Stock Show and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth—and second overall at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and in Houston.
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.