Colorado State University Equine Program Hosts Educational Seminar

Colorado State University’s equine sciences program will host a free public seminar, "How to Achieve Success in the Equine Industry," from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center on the university’s foothills campus.

The panel of speakers will include Dr. Jerry Black, a veterinarian and horse breeder; Patti Carter, AQHA Professional Horsewoman; Jim Jennings, AQHA executive director of publications; Thomas Saunders, ranch and event manager; Gary Carpenter of the AQHA Foundation; and Bill Smith, horse sale manager and three-time PRCA World Champion. Each of the invited speakers will discuss their backgrounds and achievements in the horse industry. Students and guests will have several opportunities to ask questions and visit with the speakers.

This seminar will be held in conjunction with the Third Annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale on April 26 at the B.W. Picket Equine Center. Colorado State students enrolled in equine sales management and preparation, horse training and equine event management classes plan and manage the sale, which will be held on April 26. Students have trained and fitted 2- and 3-year-old fillies and geldings from some of the nation’s top ranches.

At the 2007 Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, 44 ranch-bred horses were sold with an average price of $5,401. Highlight of the sale was Jacks Strait Shot, a 6-year-old grey gelding sired by Jack Nasty out of Ms Silver Commander, consigned by the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Co. The gelding was sold by auctioneer Don Green for $23,500. The Pitchfork Land and Cattle Co. is a 175,000 acre ranch in Dickens, Texas.

This year’s sale will be feature 54 horses. A preview of sale horses will start at 9 a.m., and the sale will begin at 1 p.m. The sale catalog and more information on both of these events can be found at