Saddle & Sirlion Club

North Dakota State University Walking Tour

Saddle & Sirlion Club

Fargo, North Dakota 58105, United States

Created By: North Dakota State University

Point of Interest Details

J.H Sheppard, once Professor of Agriculture and President of North Dakota Agricultural College, spent time in Chicago at the International Judging Contest. He believed that NDAC should have an organization like this because it would increase the animal husbandry interest on campus. So in March 1918,

Little International Livestock Show, sponsored the Saddle and Sirloin Club and held in Sheppard Arena each February, circa 1960. [3]

Saddle and Sirloin Club was born and still thrives today. [1]

The biggest event that S&S club puts on is Little International. This is a livestock show held year in Shepperd Arena, which was named after the founder , J.P. Shepperd. 2017 will be its 95th year of the event! What makes this event unique is that it is entirely run by the students involved. Students can show beef, dairy, sheep, and swine in competitions. They can also compete in public speaking, ham curing, hippology, and photography competitions. During the weekend, an individual is recognized for his or her work in agriculture. There is also a royalty crowned, as well as other fun events such sausage making and a picnic. To make this event that spectacular, groups of students meet all year round to talk and organize the events. Little International is a campus wide event that students look forward to all year round. [2]


  1. NDSU Archives, "Finding Aid to the President J.H Sheppard Papers." Accessed November 3, 2016.
  2. Saddle and Sirloin. "About Us." Accessed November 3, 2016.
  3. Photo by NDSU Archives,

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