Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club Receives National Awards

July 16th, 2020

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club received four national awards from the National Block and Bridle Club this year.

The awards were to be presented in April at the 100th National Block and Bridle Convention in Ames. The national convention was supposed to be hosted by Iowa State, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Iowa State Block and Bridle students received awards in four categories.

Club member Macy Marek, a 2019 animal science graduate, won the Outstanding Senior Award. Justin Swanton, a senior in animal science placed second in the Outstanding Junior Award category. Both awards are based on Block and Bridle activities and academic successes. Awardees will receive an engraved clock and cash award. 

The club placed first for the annual yearbook competition. The 2018-2019 yearbook chair was Morgan Fitzsimmons, a junior in agricultural and life sciences education.

The club also won fourth place in the club activities division. The student organization works to promote animal agriculture and educate the public on the importance of agriculture. To do that the club hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from organizing shows and sales for various livestock species to hosting Animal Learning Day and the Hunger Fight.

The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club is one of the largest clubs on the Iowa State campus with more than 300 members. For more information visit


Jodi Sterle, Animal Science, 515-294-7997,
Barb McBreen, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-0707,