Penn State Block and Bridle Club Holds 96th Annual Little International Livestock Exposition
Posted: April 30, 2013
From left, Kyle Kerr, Jena Shaffer, Kara Riccioni, Kayla Hidlay, Sarah Farley, Clarissa Barton, Dylan Giebner, Chris MacCauley, Alyssa Dietrich, and Ethan Whiteside.
Seventy-two students showed off their fitting and showmanship skills at the 96th Little International Livestock Exposition held on April 13 at the Snider Ag Arena, University Park. Affectionately known by Block and Bridle members as "Little I," this event allows Penn State students to show a sheep, beef heifer, horse, or pig.
In preparation for the show, participants worked with their livestock for several weeks, using the time to train their animals and practice their fitting and showmanship skills on which they were evaluated at Little I. In order to encourage students with all levels of experience to participate, Little I featured both a professional division and an amateur division.
Overall Champion of the Little International was Clarissa Barton, Breezewood, PA, who won the Round Robin competition featuring the two best showmen in their chosen species being evaluated on their showmanships skills with all species. Barton had been Champion Swine Showman. Sarah Farley, Hazel Township, PA, Reserve Champion Swine Showman, was Reserve Overall Grand Champion.
Other Round Robin participants included Champion Sheep Showman Chris MacCauley, Atglen, PA; Reserve Sheep Showman Alyssa Dietrich, Strausstown, PA; Champion Beef Showman Dylan Giebner, Saegertown, PA; Reserve Beef Showman Kara Riccioni, Frenchtown, NJ; Champion Horse Showman Jena Shaffer, Rockwood, PA; and Reserve Horse Showman Kayla Hidlay, Bloomsburg, PA.
Judges for the contest were J.T. May, Bedford County, sheep; Chris Jeffcoat, Rusty Roof Angus, Adams County, beef; Jennifer Kauf, VMD, Bedford County, equine; and Johanna Rohrer, Lancaster County, swine. All are Penn State University graduates.
The show ran smoothly with the help of Show Manager, Ethan Whiteside, Queenstown, MD, who will graduate with a major in animal science and a minor in ag business, and Assistant Manager, Kyle Kerr, Bangor, PA, a junior majoring in animal science. Many other Block and Bridle Club members contributed to the success of the show.
The first Little I was held in 1917, prior to the formation of the Penn State Block and Bridle Club in 1924. The show continues its original purpose of giving students first-hand experience in handling livestock.