group of students pose for picture

On December 2, 1919 student representatives from four animal husbandry clubs met in Chicago, Illinois, and formed the National Block and Bridle Club, the local clubs becoming chapters in the new national organization. Nebraska was a charter chapter along with Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. During this meeting the chapters formed a constitution which included a statement of the clubs objectives. They are:

  • To promote a higher scholastic standard among students of Animal Husbandry
  • To promote animal husbandry, especially all phases, of student animal husbandry work in colleges and universities
  • To bring about a closer relationship among the men and women pursuing some phase of animal husbandry as a profession.

Colors: Royal Purple and Navy Blue
Flower: Lilac

The Emblem

The emblem of the Block and Bridle Club is a large "B" with a meat block and cleaver in the upper half and a bridle in the lower half. This symbol is very significant to Block and Bridle Club members, as it represents the principles upon which our club is built. Character, sincerity, and a moral life are asked of members when they are initiated into the Block and Bridle Club. These attributes are depicted in the straight perpendicular of the "B". The distinct curves of the "B" are symbolic of social pleasure, mental energy, and the determination of Block and Bridle Club members. The meat block and cleaver inside the top half of the "B" represents the material aspects of our life and our profession. The bridle in the bottom half of the "B" stands for the behavior of Block and Bridle members, the control over ourselves that we try to maintain, the mannerisms and respect we show towards others, and the manner in which we treat our livestock.