Colorado Hosts Legends Of Ranching Sale

Event caps year for equine students, young horses.

Published on: Mar 29, 2013

On April 27, one of the top horse sales in the West  will offer their best deals on the hoof at Colorado State University.

The Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale will be held to market 81 American Quarter Horses for the public from 24 consignors.  Among them will be what many consider to be the best known horse ranches in the West.

The sale, set for 1:30 p.m. at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center on the Colorado State University Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colo., will feature 40 2- and 3-year old horses started by students in the CSU Equine Sciences Program.

When the horses are sold, that will end the training for the special students of CSU's popular Equine Sciences Program.

CSU equine student Erin Wolcott leads a palomino mare into last years Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale in Colorado.
CSU equine student Erin Wolcott leads a palomino mare into last year's Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale in Colorado.

The event is highly respected among western horse enthusiasts. Last year, more than $330,000 in proceeds were generated by the sale, with the average price paid per horse at $5,376.

An amazing price in 2012 was a record $18,500 paid each of two horses

Students work for almost a full academic year in horse training labs that end with the sale. The students also manage the sale.

The event will highlight an annual weekend of activities at CSU, beginning on April 26 with the CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory .

Consigned horses will be accessible for viewing on that date.

Vanessa Ybarra, a CSU equine student, flashes a grin at the auctioneer as she leads a bay mare in the 2012 Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale in Colorado.
Vanessa Ybarra, a CSU equine student, flashes a grin at the auctioneer as she leads a bay mare in the 2012 Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale in Colorado.

Also on the 26th, participants can attend:

•Roping horse practice
•Reopening of the Equine Center (destroyed by fire in 2011)

On the 27th horses will be previewed at 9 a.m., and at noon a special showing of "Horse Sense," a documentary film on CSU equine programs, will be available.

Lunch on sale day will be catered by the CSU Meat Judging Team.

For information, go to here.

A listing of consignors for the sale will be provided at the website.