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UW-River Falls Block and Bridle Club receives Best in Midwest title at annual Midwest Showdown

November 8, 2012

UW-River Falls Block and Bridle Club receives Best in Midwest title at annual Midwest Showdown

The UW-River Falls Block and Bridle Club traveled south to UW-Platteville on Friday, Oct. 26, to compete to become the Best in the Midwest for the second year in a row.

In 2011, the club hosted the first annual Showdown livestock contest and won the event over North Dakota State University and UWP. This year, UWRF team members competed against NDSU, UWP,  the University of Minnesota and Kirkwood Community College.

Team members from River Falls included John Nelson, placing first in swine, Jill Larson, placing fourth in sheep, Jenny Ziemer, placing third in dairy and Matt Colle, placing second in beef.

Team members competed against five individuals from the contending universities and were placed based on their showing ability in their respective specie. The winner from each specie then competed in a round robin contest, showing each species.

UWRF was tied with U of M going into the round robin. Nelson won the round robin overall, being named the Best of the Midwest Showman and was the tie breaker for the team. UWRF Block and Bridle is once again the Best in the Midwest.