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Penn State Block and Bridle Club First in Nation Recognized at National Block and Bridle Convention

Posted: April 10, 2013

Penn State’s Block and Bridle Club was named the number one club in the nation for chapter activities at the 93rd annual Block and Bridle Convention held on April 4-6 at Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

The club earned second place in yearbook competition, and Danielle Sheppard, New Derry, was fourth in the Outstanding Junior contest. The Outstanding Activities Award is given to the club that maintains the highest level of involvement on their campus and within their agricultural community.

Eight Penn State students participated in the event, and were accompanied by Ken Kephart, Professor of Animal Science. B & B advisers are: Kephart; Vivian Baumer, Research Support Associate; and Dan Kniffen, Assistant Professor of Animal Science.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, “It is an outstanding achievement for our students to again be recognized nationally for their activities. Members work extremely hard throughout the academic year in a wide variety of events all of which enhance the Department and the College of Agricultural Sciences.  I offer my congratulations to the students and their advisors for this well-deserved achievement”.
Penn State Block and Bridle is the premier livestock and horse club on campus with members being deeply committed to advocacy and with a shared love for the animal sciences industry. Their activities range from education, both for members and the general public, to service to social. They conduct the Little International Expo each spring, help with Ag Day, raise funds for worthwhile projects and join with other clubs to offer enrichment opportunities for their members.
 
Attended by more than 530 students and advisors from 34 clubs around the country, the national convention featured outstanding speakers and seminars on important topics for agriculture. There was an opportunity to network with leaders in the industry as well as their peers from other colleges.

Students got an up-close look at Iowa’s diverse agriculture with tours to Trans Ova Genetics; Monsanto; Spardoe Farms, one the largest egg producers and marketers of fresh eggs; Hawkeye Breeders; Iowa Select Farms, the largest Iowa-based pork producer; Bill Couser’s feedlot, winner of the 2011 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Environmental Stewardship Award; and Pine Lake Corn Processors, among others.
  
The National Block and Bridle Club is a collegiate organization with 92 chapters across the United States with the purpose of promoting animal agriculture and developing professional and leadership skills in members.

Penn State's Block and Bridle Club is supported throughout the year by numerous Pennsylvania agricultural organizations, as well as the Department of Animal Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences.