By Amber Thompson
The Kansas State Block & Bridle along with the Dairy Science Club put on what is known as the Little American Royal each year during the K-State Open House. This event was started in 1924 and is held in Weber Arena. It is an event where any student no matter the background, experience, or major at K-State is eligible to show one of the species (Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Swine, Sheep, Goats, and Horse).
There is two categories to show under, Novice which is anyone that has never shown that species before and Experienced which is anyone that has shown that species before. This allows students the opportunity that have never shown before to show against other novice showman in that species. Also students are able to apply for the Little American Royal Scholarship and receive what is called a Herdsman Award which is voted on by each species on a showman that has helped them out the most.
Students are given around a month to work with an animal from the local university livestock unit with the help of two elected committee members. The event is ran by two elected officers from the Dairy Science Club and Block & Bridle. They work alongside three Animal Science & Industry facility to put on the show. This year the show had 164 total showman with 103 novice showman and 61 experienced showman.
Photos by Melissa Grimmel.
Brooke Jensen was the Champion Experienced Beef Cattle Showman
Holly Wolfe with her Southdown Lamb in the Experienced Sheep Showman Category
Rylan Loudan was the winner of the Novice Dairy Heifer Showman Category
Morgan Wiedenhoeft watches the judge during the Novice Goat Showman Class.
Buckles for the winners