Student Clubs

Posted: June 8, 2010

Block and Bridle, Dairy Science Club, Students for the Responsible Use of Animals, and Collegiate Horsemen Association at Penn State

Block and Bridle Club

The club had a very busy and exciting spring semester.  In late January, two members, along with two Dairy Science club members, competed at the National Beef Quiz Bowl, where they placed second. In early March, weeks before the PA Bull Test Sale, members clipped over 100 bulls for the sale. In mid-March, the club, together with the livestock and horse judging teams, conducted a spring judging workout for 4-H and FFA members from across the state. More than 350 youth and PSU collegiate team members judged and evaluated livestock. The last weekend in March, members helped at the Bull Test sale and at the Beef Expo. Youth from across PA participated in the quiz bowl and the Skillathon, hosted by the club. Members also assisted with the Junior Show.

In early April, many members attended the Ag Ball. Later in April, the club held its annual Beef Up the Blood Supply. More than 118 units were collected to alleviate the low supply of blood. During the semester, students collected beef blood for the vampire bat colony at the Philadelphia Zoo. Students were thrilled to visit the zoo and to receive behind-the-scene tours.  Block and Bridle participated in the college’s annual Harvest to Home event, also called Ag Day, which was celebrated on Earth Day, as well as other social activities during the semester, including broomball, snow tubing, a farewell picnic, and intramural sports.

The 93rd Little I was held in April. Students from all over the University participated by showing either a sheep, pig, horse, or beef heifer. Many parents and alumni attended the show.  At the Little I banquet, the following students were recognized for their showmanship and fitting:

  • Overall Champion Showman – Adam Wise (Beef), Ashley Bennet (Horse), Glenn Brown (Sheep), Shawn Beam (Swine); Overall Reserve Champion Showman – Kristina McAllister (Beef), Kristin Klohonatz (Horse), Sarah Farley (Sheep), Christina Graver (Swine); Overall Champion Fitter – Adam Wise (Beef), Kristin Klohonatz (Horse), Sarah Farley (Sheep), Shawn Beam (Swine); Overall Reserve Champion Fitter – Josh Ebert (Beef), Samantha Greives (Horse), Alyson Frederick (Sheep), Jennifer Boop (Swine).  Champion Showman was Glenn Brown; the Reserve Champion was Sarah Farley.
  • The Little I dedicatee, Trish Shaw, and Honorary member, Steve Reichard were recognized. Other awards included the Outstanding Senior, Kristina McAllister, and Outstanding Junior, Constance Anderson. Brooke Milbrandt won the Jim Watkins Hard Working Rookie Award, Courtney Cowden won the Brighton Feeds Hard Working Sophomore Award, Anthony Miller won the Glenn R. Kean Hard Working Junior Award and Jami Willard won the Grant Sherritt Hard Working Senior Award.

Dairy Science Club

The club completed another school year with the 85th Penn State Dairy Expo on April 17th, and annual club awards banquet on April 29th.  At the Expo, 30 contestants showed in three divisions based on dairy experience. Each participant chose a heifer through random drawing and had the responsibility of training and fitting the heifer for the show.  The showmanship judge was Beth Cooley of Muncy, PA; the fitting judge was David Packard of Litchfield, CT.  The champion showman was Philip Bachman of Ulysses, PA; Sarah Caldwell of Beaver Falls, PA was Reserve Champion Showman. Taking home the prestigious Overall Champion and Overall Champion Fitter honors was Melissa Schuler of Fleetwood, PA, with Reserve Overall Champion and Overall Reserve Champion Fitter honors going to Christy Hindman of Brockway, PA.

The club’s awards banquet was held on April 29. Club president Sarah Wickard served as emcee and acknowledged many active members for their impressive efforts during the year.

  • Gabriella Varga was the 2010 club dedicatee. This award identifies a strong supporter of the dairy industry and the club.  Since 1985, Varga has been a faculty member, where she is a Distinguished Professor of Animal Science.  She is a tremendous teacher, researcher, and advisor, and the club was honored to recognize her contributions to the college and the industry.
  • Ryan Clark was this year’s recipient of the Young Dairy Leader Award.  Currently, Clark owns and manages a 110-head Jersey herd. Clark serves as an excellent example of a graduate who went on to begin a successful dairy farming career while utilizing his Penn State agricultural education and experiences.
  • Robyn Bechtel received the William R. Davey Award, which is presented to an Outstanding Senior in Dairy Science. Becthel’s club involvement ranges from serving as the 2009 president to Osteochallenge chair.
  • The Branding Award, presented to Staci Wilson, recognizes a “behind the scenes” junior who is extensively involved in club events.  The Muller Award, presented to an outstanding first year member, was given to Hannah Wentworth, a freshman in Animal Sciences.  Ken Raney, of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association, recognized Janelle Hartzell for coordinating the Dairy Jeopardy Contest and Sarah Wickard for serving as Dairy Bowl chair at the PA Junior Holstein Convention. Raney thanked Joseph Leslie for his work as chair of the 26th Nittany Lion Fall Classic. He presented the Robert H. Rumler Award to Logan Horst, 2010 Dairy Expo Show Manager. Benjamin Cashell was recognized as 2010 Overall Expo Chair. The Dairy Cattle Judging and Dairy Challenge teams were also recognized.
  • Recipients of the American Dairy Science Association Scholarship Recognition awards included sophomores Philip Bachman, Christy Hindman, and Sarah Weimer, juniors Laraya Foresman and Kolby McIntyre, and seniors Janelle Hartzell, Elizabeth Smith, and Peter Yoder.

Students for the Responsible Use of Animals

Members finished the 2009-2010 school year with community service, educational activities and fun.  In February, several students traveled to Columbus, OH, to attend seminars on shelter medicine, feral cat control and general veterinary medicine at the Midwest Vet Conference. This spring, 14 SRUA members took their community service spirit from State College to New Orleans, LA, to volunteer at the Animal Rescue of New Orleans. They cleaned cages, walked and trained homeless dogs, and worked on special projects. 

In the State College area they continued to visit nursing homes with pets, volunteered at Centre County PAWS, and sponsored Centre Wildlife Care’s “Wild About Animals” educational and fundraising event.  They also enjoyed educational speakers from the Nittany Greyhound Rescue and the Working K9 Association of Central Pennsylvania. Fund-raising to support these activities included sponsorship of dog agility trials at the Ag Arena; sales of T-shirts, holiday pet stockings and first aid kits; and the food booth at Little I/Dairy Expo. Money was also raised throughout the year for the Penn State Dance Marathon.

Rounding off the year, they celebrated the successes of the year and bade farewell and good luck to the many graduating seniors with a dinner at a local restaurant. The new officers have already started making plans for next year.

Collegiate Horsemen Association at Penn State (CHAPS)

Members were very active during spring semester. Members of the club traveled to Fort Collins, CO, for the American Collegiate Horseman Association (ACHA) national convention.  While there, students had the opportunity to tour the Budweiser Clydesdale training facility, visit a therapeutic riding facility, attend a rodeo, and more.

Also this semester, CHAPS visited the Penn National racetrack and finished the year volunteering at a local therapeutic riding center. Members are looking forward to a full fall semester that will include trail rides, fundraisers, and an exciting trip to the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in October.