Colorado State University’s Equine Sciences second annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale will be held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the National Western Complex, located at 4655 Humboldt St. in Denver.
The student-run sale will feature horses consigned from many of the country’s top working ranches. The ranch horse competition between consigning ranches will take place immediately prior to the sale. Horses available through the sale will include 2- and 3-year-old fillies and geldings that have been trained in Colorado State’s horse training class. In addition, each participating ranch will consign a well-trained, working horse.
The sale will be managed by Equine Sciences faculty and staff, Jim Ware of Western Bloodstock, Robin Glenn of Robin Glenn Pedigrees, Alex Maddox, Don Green and various other equine industry professionals. Students from several equine science classes, such as those 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 work together with some of the country’s most historic 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 hands-on knowledge of preparing horses for a sale."
Ranches participating in the 2007sale include Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co., Guthrie, Texas; Burnett Ranches Ltd. (6666), Guthrie, Texas; Valley Oak Ranch, Oakdale, Calif.; Bartlett Ranch Wyoming, LaGrange, Wyo.; Gibs Performance Horses, Ft. Lupton, Colo.; Wagonhound Land & Livestock, Douglas, Wyo.; Major Cattle Co., Fowler, Colo.; T-Cross Ranches, Colorado Springs, Colo.; DLR Ranch, Weatherford, Texas; Bashor Ranch, Grover, Colo.; Circle Bar Ranch, Truscott, Texas; Pete Becker Ranch, Ashby, Neb.; Kesa Quarter Horses, Fort Collins, Colo.; Raymond Sutton Ranch, Gettysburg, S.D.; Sunrise Ranch, Fayetteville, Ark. and Richie Cattle Co., Hudson, Colo.
Average for the 2006 sale was $5,861. The highest seller, Whiskeys Chick Stick consigned by Major Cattle Co., was purchased for $15,200. Another high-selling 2-year-old, Dox Stylish San trained by a student in the training class, brought $7,500.
The 2007 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo will feature Chris Cox and Stacy Westfall. These two popular clinicians will arrive fresh from testing their skills at the 2007 Road to the Horse competition. Expo doors open at 9 a.m. Friday, March 9, and continue through 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11.
For more information on the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, visit www.csuequine.com or call (970) 491-8373.