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Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch demonstrates how to use a lasso.

Ranchers put pop into lesson in east Bradenton

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch demonstrates how to use a lasso.

Brian Jones and Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch demonstrate how they brand their cattle. Jones says they brand the cow on its upper hip so it can easily be seen.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Brian Jones and Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch demonstrate how they brand their cattle. Jones says they brand the cow on its upper hip so it can easily be seen.

Spade, a quarter horse, says hello to students.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Spade, a quarter horse, says hello to students.

Cady Jones, 10, holds onto Spade, as Gene Witt Elementary School fourth graders Johanna Smith and Clair Craciun pet Spade.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Cady Jones, 10, holds onto Spade, as Gene Witt Elementary School fourth graders Johanna Smith and Clair Craciun pet Spade.

Lace Peters, a fourth grader at Gene Witt Elementary School, practices cracking a whip.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Lace Peters, a fourth grader at Gene Witt Elementary School, practices cracking a whip.

Cady and Cooper Jones, who are both 10, stand with Spade, the horse.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Cady and Cooper Jones, who are both 10, stand with Spade, the horse.

Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch holds onto Spade as Gene Witt Elementary School fourth grader Brylee Barnett pets him. "I love him," Barnett says.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch holds onto Spade as Gene Witt Elementary School fourth grader Brylee Barnett pets him. "I love him," Barnett says.

Charlie Westrip and Wyatt Lawhun, fourth graders, wear cowboy hats to get in the spirit of learning about life in a ranch.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Charlie Westrip and Wyatt Lawhun, fourth graders, wear cowboy hats to get in the spirit of learning about life in a ranch.

Ellie Dauphas, a fourth grader teacher at Gene Witt Elementary School, tries her hand at cracking a whip.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Ellie Dauphas, a fourth grader teacher at Gene Witt Elementary School, tries her hand at cracking a whip.

Ellie Dauphas, a fourth grade teacher, and Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch brand a sign that will go in Dauphas' classroom. The MacIvey Cow Company sign is from the book "A Land Remembered."

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Ellie Dauphas, a fourth grade teacher, and Brian Broxson with Blackbeard's Ranch brand a sign that will go in Dauphas' classroom. The MacIvey Cow Company sign is from the book "A Land Remembered."

Brian Jones, the ranch manager at Blackbeard's Ranch, cracks a whip to show students the sound it makes, which helps keep the cattle together.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Brian Jones, the ranch manager at Blackbeard's Ranch, cracks a whip to show students the sound it makes, which helps keep the cattle together.

Michael Ryan, a fourth grader, surprises himself when he's able to properly crack a whip so it makes a pop sound. "Cracking a whip is harder than it seems," Ryan says.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Michael Ryan, a fourth grader, surprises himself when he's able to properly crack a whip so it makes a pop sound. "Cracking a whip is harder than it seems," Ryan says.

Brian Brioxson with Blackbeard's Ranch, shows Ellie Dauphas', a fourth grade teacher at Gene Witt Elementary School, class about ranch life with Cady Jones, Brian Jones, Cooper Jones and Cassidy Jones.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Brian Brioxson with Blackbeard's Ranch, shows Ellie Dauphas', a fourth grade teacher at Gene Witt Elementary School, class about ranch life with Cady Jones, Brian Jones, Cooper Jones and Cassidy Jones.

Pierson Holt, a fourth grader, is close to getting his whip to make a pop noise.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Pierson Holt, a fourth grader, is close to getting his whip to make a pop noise.

Gabriella Borko and Maleah Spalding, fourth graders, dress as cowgirls.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Gabriella Borko and Maleah Spalding, fourth graders, dress as cowgirls.

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