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Warren, Richard B., 1925-2003



  • Existence: 1925 - 2003


R. B. Warren (1925-2003), University of Nebraska (UN) professor of animal science, Nebraska extension horse specialist, and head of UN Livestock Judging Teams (1958-1985), is recognized for the development of the Nebraska 4-H Horse Program.

Richard B. Warren was born on May 7, 1925 in Kansas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture from Kansas State University in 1948 and was a member of the Block & Bridle Club, rodeo, football, and basketball teams. He received his Master’s Degree in animal breeding from Oklahoma State University in 1950 and served on the Michigan State University animal science faculty from 1949-1956. He married Doris Kite in 1948.

Warren came to the University of Nebraska in 1956. He served as UN’s extension horse specialist and as head of the livestock judging teams from 1958-1985. He became a nationally recognized judge of quarter horses, cutting horses, and Appaloosa breeds. It is thought that he inherited his interest in horses from his great-grand father, who owned a world champion pacer horse.

Warren helped found the Nebraska District 4-H Horse Show Program and the 4-H Horse Exposition in Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. He served as president of the National Block & Bridle Club (1973-1975) and as advisor to the UN Block & Bridle Club. He received many awards for his service including the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Agricultural Achievement Award (1982), Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service Excellent Award (1984), and Walnut Grove Livestock Industry Service Award (1985), among others. The R.B. Warren Annual 4-H Horse Scholarship Fund was created in his honor in 1983.

R.B. Warren died in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2003. The University of Nebraska animal science arena, R.B. Warren Arena, was dedicated to him in 2006.

Related Materials and Resources: Information for R.B. Warren’s biography comes from newspaper articles on R.B. Warren (box 1, folder 9) and “R.B. Warren Arena Dedication” program located in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Digital Commons (

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

R.B. Warren, Animal Sciences Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-08-09-15
Scope and Contents

The R.B. Warren, Animal Science Papers consists of membership rosters, competition scores, and team photographs of the University of Nebraska Livestock Judging Teams from 1909-1995. The papers contain glass slides and negatives of animal husbandry presentations on horses and livestock temperature. Significant materials include a unique 1883 tintype of cow, known as Nellie Hopewell, sweepstake winner of the Danville, Illinois Fair.

Dates: 1883-1995