Butler Livestock Judging Concludes Record Breaking Season
Last week’s team banquet culminated an unbelievable season for the Butler Community College Livestock Judging Team. Clearly, the 2002-03 campaign ranked as the most successful year in the history of a program which is always among the nation’s elite. In fact, in many minds it represented the most dominant season in the modern era of junior college competition. For the sixth consecutive year the team never finished out of the top ten in any competition, with this squad never ranking lower than fourth at any outing.
“I think that speaks quite highly of the amazing talent and consistency of our students. We compete every time out against 30 or more junior college programs that each have enough ability to win contests. To rank no lower than fourth at any competition is an amazing accomplishment. No program in the country can match that statistic,” stated Coach Chris Mullinix.
The year included 16 Champion or Reserve Champion honors returning to El Dorado. Along the way, Butler placed 50 individuals amongst the top 10 in the contests in which they competed. True to form, they upheld Butler’s rich tradition in oral reasons ranking no lower than third in any contest. The season’s impressive victories included the American Royal in Kansas City; the North American International Livestock Exposition held in Louisville, Kentucky; the Southwestern Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas and the Houston Livestock Show in Houston, Texas.
Coach Mullinix was obviously elated by those victories. “Winning four majors in the same year is a feat very few programs can boast of. Especially those four events! This squad started the season with a 50-point victory at the Royal and ended with a new scoring record in Houston. That kind of year long dominance takes a tremendous effort on the part of each student. It has been a total team effort. They have made themselves exceptional speakers and evaluators and in the process brought tremendous recognition to Butler. ”
Coach Mullinix insists that the success of the program revolves around his ability to recruit good students. This group certainly drives home that point. The group of 7 sophomores and 12 freshman currently maintain just shy of a 3.6 grade point average and each is on track for graduation. Additionally, they take on various leadership roles on campus, in their communities and nation-wide.
“These are just great young people, from great families who are talented and focused on their goals. The victories are just a result of their will to succeed. This team has set a new standard for future teams to shoot for. It’s been a phenomenal year for this program. It’s certainly one I will never forget. ”