Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance 2011 Recap

“Horse people” came from far and wide to support the Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance and BBQ on Oct. 22, 2011, in the Ag Arena at the East Campus. This event, sponsored by the Black Hawk College East Foundation, was the first of its kind, raising $55,959 for student equine scholarships. Highlights of the event included: horse photographs, two-step and line-dancing lessons, live and silent auctions, a real Texas barbeque dinner by Hickory River Smokehouse of Peoria, and a live dance with music by Southern Cross Band.

Of the money raised, three new fully endowed scholarships were created: the Peoples National Bank of Kewanee Endowed Equine Scholarship, the Verlin and Joan Jackson Foundation Endowed Equine Scholarship and the Equine Endowed Scholarship Fund. These scholarships will be held for two years while interest accrues; from those earnings, the first scholarships will be awarded for the academic year 2014-15. Three new annual scholarship funds were also established: The Cargill Equine Scholarship and two Verlin and Joan Jackson Equine Scholarships. These three awards will be dispersed for academic year 2012-13.

“We are so grateful for the generous financial and volunteer support received from individual and business sponsors, members of the Black Hawk College community, equine industry, and community at large.” stated Liz Breedlove, Executive Director. “I applaud those who had a part in creating new endowed and annual scholarships for students enrolled in the BHC Equine Program on the East Campus. Their investment in higher education will pay great dividends for many years to come.”

Boot Scootin’ Sponsors

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee
Verlin and Joan Jackson Foundation


Lanny & Carolyn Anderson
Miller Veterinary Service (2)
Oakwood Veterinary Service
Pappas, O’Connor & Fildes, P.C.
Breedlove Sporting Good, Inc.
State Bank of Toulon
Community State Bank
Guardian Horse Bedding
Union Federal Savings & Loan
Kress Corporation
Green Chevrolet
RC Quarter Horses

In-Kind Donors
Agri-Business Club Alumni
Cindy Baker, Line Dance Instructor
Carpet Time
Terry Cotton, Master of Ceremonies
Kristin Fuller Photography
Hathaway’s Gift Barn
Renita Holtslaw, Artistic Landscapes
Monte Lowderman, Lowderman Auction Company
Bob McSparin, Two-Step Dance Instructor
The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus
Bonnie VanHyfte, Two-Step Dance Instructor
Ratliff Brothers & Company, Inc.
Ryan Werkheiser, Nature’s Creations
Jane Wolf, Wolf Embroidery