UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will be held at the Snider Agricultural Arena on Penn State’s University Park Campus on Saturday, April 27.
This year’s attendees have the opportunity to bid on a 3-year-old gelding by Top 10 AQHA World Champion and Reserve Congress Champion, Mechanic.
The doors open at 8:30 a.m. followed by a demonstration of the horses at 10 a.m., tours of Penn State’s horse barns and lunch at noon, followed by the auction at 2 p.m.
The sale includes offspring sired by Penn State’s PSU Dynamic Krymsun, Time to Score and PSU He Rox the Nite. In total, this year’s sale features 13 2-year-olds and one 3-year-old born and bred at the University’s farm. This year, PSU also welcomes a four-year-old, a three-year-old, and a yearling from the State University of New York (SUNY) Cobleskill. These horses are also sired by PSU Dynamic Krymsun.
Every year, the sale is organized and run by more than 80 students enrolled in the Penn State Equine Science Program’s ANSC 117. The 2019 student sale managers are Kate Meyer and Cody McLafferty.
“There are very few other university programs that offer such practical, hands-on experience for students interested in the equine industry,” Meyer said. “The university offers a wide range of equine-specific curriculum, but our breeding farm offers even more opportunities for learning. From working with the mares and foals on the farm, to the training class with the two-year-olds, to the sale class students are heavily involved in every step of the process.”
McLafferty added, “The sale class is a great place to learn about all the work that goes into setting up a horse sale. The students work with real people in the equine industry as they market the horses to potential buyers, talk to sponsors, prepare the facilities, and showcase the horses themselves. The sale requires a lot of hard work and dedication to put together. Seeing everything come together on sale day makes us as sale managers proud of all our students.”
Supporting in the production of the sale are assistant managers, Isabella Cerrone, Meg Gingerich and Scarlett Loya, along with the students in Penn State’s equine marketing class. To aid in the preparation of the horses, students enrolled in the horse handling and training class work with the horses throughout the spring semester. Through this process, the horses are green broke to ride by sale day in preparation for further training with their new owners.
“Each year it amazes me what students can accomplish in a semester. As young people, they bring a new perspective to the sale every year,” said Brian Egan, Penn State Horse Farm Coordinator and advisor of the sale. “It’s very satisfying when the students come together to complete the tasks necessary to run a successful sale.”
The day of the sale also features a silent auction and the sale of Penn State Equine Science apparel. The commission from silent auction and apparel sale go toward the Ward Studebaker Horse Farm Endowment.
For more Information, visit http://sites.psu.edu/quaterhorsesale or contact Brian Egan at 814-863-0569 or at email@example.com. For updates on the sale follow the Penn State Quarter Horse Sale on Facebook and Twitter (@PSUHorseAuction).
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