Proven Results in OPSU Equine Program—By Laura Nelson on 10/10/2012 Manhattan, Kan.—One little-known aspect of Oklahoma Panhandle State University's equine department jumped into the spotlight recently when two horses from the breeding program won honors at the Kansas State Fair.
OPSU Sparklin Gin, a 2-year old filly bred and raised by Channing Hawks and OPSU students, was named the 2012 2-Year-Old Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. Jessica Johns purchased her from OPSU and entered her and showed at the Fair.
Another OPSU horse, Docs Scarlet Rooster, also competed at the Kansas State Fair and the 2007 gelding was awarded a Finalist in the Junior Western Horsemanship with his rider, Sarah Johnson.
"Sparklin" came from a mare donated to the program by Mark Freeman of Texhoma, and Hawks expressed her appreciation of all the program's supporters. Rick Furnish of Hitch Enterprises has donated horses and Solum Brothers, a respected horse breeding operation in West Virginia, has also provided assistance.
Several OPSU horses are for sale, including a weanling that is the brother to Sparklin Gin. For more information about the stock available, see the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Equine Department page on Facebook or contact Hawks at 620.428.1109.