Penn State Block and Bridle Club recognized as best in nation

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Block and Bridle Club was named the No. 1 club in the nation for chapter activities at the 93rd annual Block and Bridle Convention, held April 4 to 6 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

The club earned second place in yearbook competition, and Danielle Sheppard, of 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 its campus and within its agricultural community.

Eight Penn State students participated in the event, accompanied by club adviser Ken Kephart, professor of animal science.

"It is an outstanding achievement for our students to again be recognized nationally for their activities," said Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science. "Members work extremely hard throughout the academic year in a wide variety of events, all of which enhance the College of Agricultural Sciences."

Penn State Block and Bridle is the premier livestock and horse club on campus, with members committed to advocacy and with a shared love for the animal sciences industry, Etherton noted.

The club's activities include educational programs -- both for members and the public -- service initiatives and social events. Members conduct the Little International Livestock Expo each spring, help with the student-run Ag Day, raise funds for worthwhile projects and join with other clubs to offer enrichment opportunities for their members. 

The national convention, which attracted more than 530 students and advisers from 34 clubs around the country, featured speakers and seminars on important topics for agriculture. Students had an opportunity to network with leaders in the industry and tour major agricultural facilities.

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 and by the Department of Animal Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences. In addition to Kephart, club advisers are Vivian Baumer, research support associate, and Dan Kniffen, assistant professor of animal science.

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Last Updated April 19, 2013