The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has named South Dakota State University’s Block and Bridle chapter the 2020 CAFES Club of the Year. Each year, the CAFES Prexy Council selects one club that has gone above and beyond to provide members with a meaningful experience throughout the school year.
Block and Bridle’s objective is to provide its members with a more complete understanding of the field of animal science. The club provides members an opportunity grow their passion for agriculture and learn how to be an agricultural advocate. Block and Bridle had 150 members this year spanning twelve different majors. Members are encouraged to become involved in leadership roles starting their freshman year and are continually encouraged to pursue leadership roles throughout their time in the club.
This year Block and Bridle made an effort to increase the number in attendance at club meetings. They were able to increase the average attendance by over sixty members per meeting.
Block and Bridle strives to provide new opportunities to its members every year. This year several club meetings included guest speakers and other networking opportunities. The club made it a priority to provide off-campus experiences for Block and Bridle members as well. Several club members went on a tour of 605 Sires as well as on a trip to the Black Hills Stock Show. Members also helped facilitate the Jackrabbit Memorial Jackpot Show as they do every year.
“With all of the events Block and Bridle is participating in, the club feels like it is in a better place than ever,” said Brooke Hendrickx, Block and Bridle President. “We plan on continuing to grow and get more involved in outside activities.”