What is UF Block and Bridle Club?
The University of Florida’s Block and Bridle Club is open to college students with an interest in animal agriculture, and is not restricted to any major. Our club is affiliated with the National Block and Bridle Organization, which currently has 92 active chapters. Members of Block and Bridle work closely with faculty in the animal sciences, and with members of the livestock industry through service and educational projects to promote the professional development of our members. Through these activities, our members make valuable contacts for the future, often resulting in internship and job opportunities.
The objectives of the Block and Bridle club as outlined by the national leadership are:
To promote a higher scholastic standard and a more complete understanding of Animal Sciences among student members.
To promote animal agriculture through development of a program of activities that will supplement students' study of the animal sciences in colleges and universities.
To enhance professionalism of students who will one day be leaders in the animal agriculture industry.
To bring about a closer relationship among all students pursuing some phase of animal agriculture as a profession.
As a service organization, we strive to stay involved with and provide assistance to local and neighboring communities. We volunteer at fairs, livestock shows, and judging competitions by handling livestock, providing leadership to 4-H and FFA youth, and serve as judges for the events. Other service activities include assisting the Department of Animal Sciences during the Annual Beef Cattle Short Course, visiting children at local hospitals for special events like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter, conducting the Annual Ray Kempfer Scholarship Sporting Clay Shoot, and assist with minor construction and clean-up at the university’s livestock teaching units.
In order to prepare for our careers in animal agriculture, our members participate in “hands-on” activities, including field trips to ranches and farms, agricultural field days, livestock shows and sales, and attend educational and professional development workshops conducted by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UF. During our general meetings, we recruit guest speakers to educate our members about the different animal industries and enhance our members professional development. Our members also host and assist with various judging events and clinics throughout the year, which serves to educate youth that have an interest in animal agriculture.