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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

95th National Block and Bridle Convention

Over a Thousand Miles, One National Win and Many Wonderful Memories Later!

UT Block and Bridle Members traveled to Lubbock, Tx for the National Block and Bridle Convention. Texas Tech Block and Bridle hosted the convention.  The group left Knoxville on Wednesday October 22 and returned the 26th. While at the convention the students participated in agricultural tours, educations session and a service project.

            Donnell Brown gave the opening session speech on Thursday night. Mr. Brown owns and operates R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Tx. R.A. Brown Ranch is a progressive family ranching business and has been in the ranching business since 1895. The R.A. Brown Ranch raises and sells top quality cattle and Quarter Horses. Mr. Brown spoke to the group about the importance of continuing to promote and be proud of agricultural. He challenged the group to “stop smoking the peace pipe, and put on war paint to defend the industry.”

The Texas Tech membership lined up great educational session for Saturday. The sessions included Mike Simpson with Elanco, Kristina Butts with NCBA in Washington D.C., Dr. John Zak with Texas Tech and many interest specific break out sessions. 

The Block and Bridle members participated in a giant service project of preparing and packaging meals for hungry children in the Amarillo, TX area. The group packaged 31,868 meals. The meal will be given out through the #Feedthe9 movement.  This movement is sponsored by and Elanco and includes many companies.  

The group packaged 31,000 meals for hungry children in Texas
Melinda Perkins, Sarah Maccaro, Emily Russell, Kristen Somerfeld and Kristen Walker
John Edwards, Tyler Trowbridge and Jacob Lay
The students had the opportunity to attend several different tours that highlighted different agricultural industries of west Texas. Tours ranged from touring cotton farms, the American Quarter Horses Association, several feedlots and a local tour that highlighted ranching heritage in Lubbock, TX.

Amelia Woods and Kristen Walker at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
Melinda Perkins, Kristen Somerfeld and Sarah Maccaro at a Texas Winery 
Dustie Strasser, Tyler Trowbridge and Jacob Lay touring the Texas Cotton Industry

             One of the highlights for the UT group was winning the national scrapbook competition.  The scrapbook highlights all the club's activities and events for the year. This years club reporters, Melinda Perkins and Amelia Woods, were in charge of assembling the scrapbook for judging at nationals.  This was the first time UT had participated in the competition in several year and we were very excited to win. 

UT Members at the National Awards Banquet
We look forward to many more trips representing our outstanding club and university. 
For more pictures from our trip to Lubbock please search #B&B14 or #standforthebrand

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