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**For Immediate Release**
Equine Science Students to Market Projects
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-21-2006

Goodwell, Okla. - As part of the Equine Science program at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, each student assumes full responsibility for a young horse and begins training it for eventual use on a ranch, in a feedyard, or perhaps in the rodeo arena. The horses used as projects are either owned by the individual student or have been enrolled in the program by an area producer who would like the horse “educated” with basic training and returned home ready for specialized training.

The Festival of the Horse, held April 28-30, will include an auction to sell some of these started horses, which is welcome news for anyone who needs a good horse. Preview of the stock for sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29 with the auction set for 1 p.m. in the Milton England Activity Center at the OPSU farm.

A Ranch Horse Versatility competition held the previous day will feature the horses, giving potential buyers a chance to look at each animal’s training, athleticism, and cow sense. Having been trained for two semesters, the horses are well-broken and have been used for roping and working cattle. They have also conquered trail obstacles and have performed reining maneuvers.

Several two-year-olds will also be offered for sale. Students have been working with them since January, and all have been handled gently. The stock will exhibit different levels of proficiency, but all possess the foundation necessary to continue training.

Curt Donnley of Woodward will preside as auctioneer, and students and volunteers will work in the ring and as bid spotters. Students will also handle the clerical part of the sale. In addition, a limited number of outside horses will be accepted on a consignment basis. If anyone would like to consign a horse, please call Terryll Gloden at OPSU at 580-349-1517, at home at 580-545-3658, or his cell phone at 806-339-1284.

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