Colorado State University’s Equine Sciences program will recognize seven donors in an event to be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the B. W. Pickett Equine Center in Fort Collins. Banners will be placed in the rafters of the Equine Center Arena to recognize donors’ contributions to the program. Each donor has given at least $100,000 to support a certain aspect of Colorado State’s renowned Equine Sciences program.
The seven donors are Laura Bucholz and the Dr. Kurt Bucholz Memorial Scholarship; Charlie Fote and Whitetail Farms of Paxton, Neb.; Art and Catherine Nicholas and Wagonhound Land and Livestock in Douglas, Wyo.; Strawn Valley Ranch and Don Horton of Strawn, Texas; Carl and Caroline Swanson Foundation and Rick and Lori Bucholz of Omaha, Neb.; Neal Hansen and the Hanging H Ranch in Sutherland, Neb.; and Dr. Woody Bartlett and Bartlett Ranches of LaGrange, Wyo.
Three of the donors have earmarked their contributions to be tied to Equine Sciences scholarships. Two others are making contributions for a proposed training program barn at the facility in west Fort Collins. Another donor will provide operating support for the Equine Sciences program. A final donor has designated their gift for a new conference room and student lounge.
"These gifts help keep our program as the top equine science program in the nation," said Jim Heird, director of the Equine Sciences program at Colorado State. "We appreciate so much the help of these seven donors."
The seven new banners that will be unveiled on Monday will join about 30 other banners hanging from the rafters at the B. W. Pickett Equine Center Arena.
The Equine Sciences program is a joint program between the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State. The program prepares students for a career in equine business management, marketing and sales, research, veterinary medicine and more.
For more information on the event or to schedule an interview with Equine Sciences director Jim Heird, contact Jim Beers at (970) 491-6401 or Jim.Beers@ColoState.edu.