Colorado State University equine sciences has slated the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, to be held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the National Western Stock Show complex. The student-run sale will feature horses consigned from several of the country’s top working ranches.
Horses available through the sale will include 2-year-old fillies and 2-year-old geldings that have been started in the Colorado State University horse training class. In addition, each participating ranch may consign a trained, working ranch horse, which can be shown in a ranch horse competition prior to the sale, and one other horse of their choice.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the equine sciences program. The sale will be managed by university equine sciences faculty and staff, Jim Ware of Western Bloodstock, Robin Glenn of Robin Glenn Pedigrees and various other equine industry professionals. Students from several equine science classes, such as classes focused on preparing and managing sales, training horses and managing equine events, also will take a lead role in organizing, promoting and managing the sale.
"This sale is a great opportunity for our students and program to come together with the country’s best working ranches," said Jim Heird, director of teaching and outreach for the equine sciences program. "Students are gaining first-hand experience from top leaders in sales promotion, advertising, management, catalog design and pedigree research in the industry. They also gain the hands-on knowledge of preparing horses properly for a sale."
Ranches participating in the sale include Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co., Burnett Ranches Ltd. (6666), Valley Oak Ranch, Royal Vista Equine, Bartlett Ranch Wyoming, Johnny T. L. Jones, Shellbird, Inc./Rising Hearts Ranch, Gibs Performance Horses, Frank Merrill, Round Mountain Ranch, Wagonhound Land & Livestock, Tongue River Ranch, R.A. Brown Ranch, Major Cattle Co., TSR Quarter Horses, T-Cross Ranches, DLR Ranch and W.T. Waggoner Estate.
The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo also will feature popular clinicians Clinton Anderson, Craig Cameron and Julie Goodnight. Expo doors open at 9 a.m. Friday, March 10, and continue through 5 p.m. Sunday, March 12.
For more information on the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, visit www.equinescience.colostate.edu or call 970-491-8373.