A booming voice came over the PA system and filled the airy arena to announce Early Penny, a tall Bay Gelding horse entering the sale ring at CSUâ€™s B.W. Pickett Equine Center Saturday morning.
â€œIf somebody bids on him that I donâ€™t like, you better bid against them,â€ Lori Bucholz jokingly said to her husband, Rick.
â€œYou hope your horse goes to a wonderful, loving home,â€ she added, looking toward the ring.
Not only will Earl Penny go to a good home, heâ€™ll be able to help CSUâ€™s Equine Science program.
Earl Penny was just one of 67 horses from 22 ranches presented for about 250 onlookers at the annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale.Â
Event coordinator Megan Grieve explained that most of the ranches involved in the event consigned their horses to the CSU Equine Science program.
â€œEssentially, half of the young horses were started and trained by CSU students. A portion of the horse sale money ends up going back to the program,â€ Grieve said.
The event was the culmination of a semester or more of work for students in various classes including horse training, sales management and equine event management.
â€œWeâ€™ve been working on this all year. We researched pedigrees, got to know the horses, put the catalog together and took photographs of the horses,â€ said senior equine science major Vanessa Baron.
â€œThe most exciting part is definitely sale day, because we all worked so hard. Itâ€™s been a long week.â€
Jim Bret Campbell, senior director of Marketing and Publications for the American Quarter Horse Association, stressed what a great opportunity the sale was for both students and ranches alike.
â€œBecause of the student involvement, all of the ranches are interested in increasing student learning while also marketing their horses,â€ Campbell said.
â€œItâ€™s a really great representation of the way the equine industry works to raise really nice American quarter horses while enabling them to be great learning tools for these students.â€
For the eventâ€™s coordinators, the sale doesnâ€™t just provide experience for students, but furthers a longstanding tradition.
â€œThis program has survived and thrived because of this industry,â€ Grieve said. â€œNot only do we get to be a part of raising the next generation, but weâ€™re also making an investment in this programâ€™s future while showcasing our western heritage.â€
Staff Writer Erin Udell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.