American Quarter Horse Association Foundation Executive Director Joins Colorado State University

Gary Carpenter, former executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation, will join Colorado State University’s Equine Sciences Program. Carpenter will begin his duties as industry outreach and liaison director for the Equine Sciences Program on February 1.

Carpenter graduated from Colorado State in 1979 with a degree in agricultural industries management. In addition to his position with AQHA, Carpenter has been the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in North America. He also served as executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

“I’m excited about returning to CSU,” said Carpenter. “I have been on the Equine Sciences Advisory Committee for the past seven years, and I am amazed at the talent of the students at CSU and the progress the program has made. It is particularly attractive to me because it covers all aspects of the horse industry.”

The Equine Sciences Program, part of the Department of Animal Sciences at CSU, has more than 400 students enrolled, making it one of the strongest undergraduate programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

“I’m elated that Gary Carpenter will be joining us,” said William Wailes, head of the Department of Animal Sciences at CSU. “He is highly respected in the equine industry throughout the United States. I’m sure he will take our program to the next level.”

Carpenter’s position and operating costs will be funded by an anonymous private donation. His duties will include development, coordination of industry partners, expanding the breadth of the program and research activities, and improving facilities.

The Equine Sciences Program at Colorado State University has a long history, both in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Research programs, centered in both colleges, provide unmatched opportunities and experiential learning in support of the undergraduate program. Students from across North America and several foreign countries have enrolled in the CSU Equine Sciences Program.