Livestock judging team caps successful slate

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Livestock judging team caps successful slate

The Fresno State livestock judging team wrapped up its season with appearances in four major winter events in Texas, Colorado and Arizona.

In the Houston Stock Show and Rodeo earlier this month, the team placed 13th among 28 teams and was led by senior agricultural business major Shannon Sumpter (Madera), who scored a perfect 50 on her steer reasons set.

In the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in February, the squad placed seventh overall and fifth in the swine judging competition. Sophomore animal science major Hannah Price (Lancaster) finished sixth in goat judging, and junior agricultural education major Danielle Budde (San Martin) placed third in cattle judging.

In late December, the team placed third overall in the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, and placed 11th in the carload contest and 15th in the livestock contest in the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January.

“This team truly embodies the meaning of being a team,” said club coach Brad Mendes. “Each person motivates their teammates to be better, applauds them for their success and encourages each other when they’re down. The effort they have put forth so far is already evident by their growth contest to contest, and I am confident that the fall contests will reward this team immensely.”

The team will return to competition in September at events in Dallas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.