Day of equine events planned at Texas A&M on May 4

Horse Short Course, Horse Sale, Run for the Roses Banquet

Contacts: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

    Courtney Coufal, 979-845-1542, cacoufal@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION  - A series of  events showcasing equine science in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University is set for May 4 in College Station.

Current horse owners and those wishing to add to their herd stable, as well as former and current students of the department and Texas A&M University Horse Judging Team, are encouraged to attend.

“The equine program within the department of animal science is committed to serving the Texas horse industry by providing teaching, research and Extension activities to horse owners and students,” said Dr. Russell Cross, head of the department of animal science.

“May 4 will allow us to showcase just a few of the efforts that are indicative of our overall program. The day will include an educational program for current horse owners, an opportunity to purchase horses trained and cared for by Aggies, and the opportunity to celebrate and support one of the most successful student programs at Texas A&M.”

Horse Short Course

The day will begin with the Texas A&M Horse Short Course set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Freeman Arena located on Farm-to-Market Road 2818.

The educational program will feature a horse training demonstration by experienced performance horse trainer Mozaun McKibben who will share his expertise on basic training as well as advanced techniques to get horses broke and ready for the show or ranch.

Sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal science, the program also will address nutrition, hoof care and the health benefits of equestrian activities.

“The Horse Short Course is targeted for horse enthusiasts of all ages. In addition to the important horse management information, everyone will enjoy the presentation by Mozaun McKibben. He is not only a talented trainer but he’s entertaining as well,” said Dr. Dennis Sigler, AgriLife Extension horse specialist.

“Those who attend will most certainly take something home with them that will make a difference in their own horse training.”

Other presentations include: “Nutrition – Is Starch a Dirty Word?” by Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor in the department of animal science; “No Hoof, No Horse” by Mike Foreman, professional farrier from Caldwell; and “Horse Riding – The Health Choice” by Sigler.

Register online through AgriLife Conference Services at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ and enter “horse” into the search. Cost to attend is $40 for adults and $25 for youth and students if registered by April 15, and $50 for adults and $35 for youth and students if registered after April 15 or on the day of the event.

For more information about the event, contact Sigler at 979-862-3595 or visit http://animalscience.tamu.edu/files/2012/06/2013-Horse-Short-Course.pdf.

Horse Sale

The Horse Center will host its annual horse sale at Freeman Arena, with viewing of the horses beginning at 1 p.m. and the sale starting at 1:30 p.m.

The sale will feature quarter horses, ranging in age from 2 to 5 years old, and two bred broodmares. These horses represent the product of years of selective breeding for athletic performance horses and some of the most prominent and popular bloodlines in the industry, including TAMU Peppy Rey Jay, Dundee Colonel, and, for the first time, offspring from Chicoutmyblingbling.

The Horse Center supports the teaching, research and Extension efforts of the faculty and students within the department of animal science. The young horses in the sale have been trained and cared for by Texas A&M students in basic horse training or advanced stock horse classes.

“Students in our department who have an interest in horses have the opportunity for hands-on learning at the Horse Center. This approach prepares the students for careers in the horse industry ranging from breeding to management to marketing,” said Dave Golden, Horse Center manager. “The horse sale provides an additional opportunity for students to learn the business as many will be actively involved in working at the event.”

A list of horses for sale is available online at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/academics/equine/horse-center/sale-horses/.

For more information on the horse sale, contact Golden or Krissy Schroder at 979-845-4320 or email horsecenter@tamu.edu.

Run for the Roses Banquet

The day will conclude with the second annual Run for the Roses Banquet at 4:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Center.

Hosted by the Texas A&M horse judging team, the evening will kick-off with the viewing of the 139th Kentucky Derby live on a 28-foot screen wall display, followed by silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment by Parker Heights.

“The Run for the Roses Banquet provides an opportunity for the department to celebrate the rich history and success of the horse judging team program at Texas A&M. The banquet provides a place to reunite past teams, give an update on the success of the current team, raise funds for the travel and competition expenses, and have a genuinely fun evening,” said Dr. Clay Cavinder, associate professor and horse judging team coach.

Proceeds from the event will be used to assist with team travel expenses.

Those planning to attend the banquet are encouraged to dress to impress in spring Derby attire. Awards will be given for best dressed and best derby hat.

The horse judging team competes in seven national contests throughout the year. Team members learn to evaluate horses and horse performance, and it also helps develop oral communication, confidence, diction while promoting good sportsmanship, teamwork and commitment, Cavinder said.

Since the first Texas A&M horse judging team began competition in 1972, no other school has won more national championships than Texas A&M. Most recently, Texas A&M brought home championship titles from the American Quarter Horse Association Congress, the National Reining Breeders Classic and the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

Cost for the event is $50 per adult and $35 per youth ages 18 and under. Seating is limited.

For more information on the Run for the Roses Banquet or to register, go to http://animalscience.tamu.edu/runfortherosesbanquet, call 979-458-2967 or email tamuhorsejudging@yahoo.com.

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