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Block and Bridle Holds 50th Royal

Nov. 1, 2010--The 50th annual Block and Bridle Royal at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is set for Nov. 6 at the university’s Mann Valley Farm beginning at 10 a.m.

The Royal, a showmanship contest, is open to all UWRF students who have an interest in livestock. It is designed to teach people about fitting and showing livestock. Every yea, experienced show people are paired with novices to improve their skills. Participants are judged on how well they present an animal as well as their knowledge of the species. Species include hogs, sheep, horse, dairy, and beef.

New this year is adult showmanship which is open to faculty, alumni, and parents. Winners are selected at the end of the show in each category to compete for the overall Champion Royal Showperson.

The event, first held in 1960, was a point competition between clubs such as the Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H, and the Agrifallian Society. In 1965, the point system for participating in the clubs was discontinued and the contest was conducted on an individual basis. In 1970, the Royal began to be hosted conducted by the UWRF’s Block and Bridle organization.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Justin Luther, associate professor of Animal and Food Science, at justin.luther-1@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-3704.


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