Western Equestrian Team wraps up historic year

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While Black Hawk College has been a top contender for many years, 2022 was the first time the college’s Western Equestrian Team claimed victory at the IHSA National Championships. “The founder of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association, Bob Cacchione, was excited to tell us that Black Hawk College East Campus was the first community college […]

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BHC horse judging students bring home big wins

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Congratulations to the Black Hawk College Horse Judging Team for a very successful 2021-22 season! Sophomores competed in Fall 2021 while freshmen competed in Spring 2022. Students compete individually and as a team. At the spring contests, the freshmen were divided into two or three smaller teams. Sophomore team Fall 2021 results: All-American Quarter Horse […]

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BHC Livestock Judging Team named National Champion

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The 2021-22 Livestock Judging Team will go down in history as one of the greatest teams to ever be assembled at Black Hawk College, finishing the year as the National Champion Junior College Livestock Judging Team. The sophomores claimed High Team honors for 10 of 12 shows they competed in for 2021-22. “I’m proud of […]

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BHC Western Equestrian Team makes history as IHSA champs

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Congratulations to the Black Hawk College Western Equestrian Team for making history as the first two-year school to win the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Western Team Championship! The BHC riders won with a team total of 48 points. Ohio State University earned 46 points to secure the reserve champion title. “What allows these students to […]

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Perseverance the key for BHC’s hunt seat riders

Looking back on the 2021-22 season, perseverance is the word that comes to mind for Selena Finn, coach of the Black Hawk College Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. “Many from this team went from their first time riding in this event to winning first place ribbons at the end of the season,” she said. “I cannot […]

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BHC sweeps NACTA Judging Conference for 13th time

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Congratulations to Black Hawk College East Campus students and coaches for winning the 2022 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference Sweepstakes Award! This marks the 13th time Black Hawk College has garnered the top prize at the national judging conference. BHC students brought home the Sweepstakes Award in 1981-85, 1989, 2009, […]

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Congrats to high school weld invitational winners

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Black Hawk College recently hosted the 4th Annual T-Joint Fillet Weld Invitational at the college’s Welding and Skilled Trades Center in downtown Kewanee. The goal is to provide a competitive welding contest in a state-of-the-art welding facility that gives high school students an opportunity to test their skills. Seven schools competed with teams of five […]

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BHC equestrians riding wave of success

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The Black Hawk College Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Western Equestrian Team is riding a wave of success this year. The team recently won the Regional Championship for the 18th consecutive competition season and will advance to the Semifinals in the team competition. Also, eight BHC riders will compete individually in the Semifinals. “I am […]

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BHC wins Dixie National Intercollegiate Beef Judging Contest

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Congratulations to the Black Hawk College Livestock Judging Team for winning the Dixie National Intercollegiate Beef Judging Contest in Jackson, MS! Fourteen BHC students competed Feb. 12 in the junior college division against teams from Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas. The first-place sophomore team members were: Robby Burchett of Jonesville, VA Ty Drach of Pontiac, IL […]

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Livestock Judging Team starts 2022 with two wins in two days

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In a span of only two days, the Black Hawk College Livestock Judging Team won two contests in two time zones. First, the 14 students competed Jan. 11 at the Cattlemen’s Congress Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest in Oklahoma City. The BHC team of Ty Drach, Emma Dunn, Dillon Sheiss, Kelly Spicer and Keaton Woods took […]

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