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Penn State's Annual Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale A Success

Posted: May 9, 2013

For the 11th year, the student-run Equine Science Showcase and Sale provided valuable hands-on experience for equine students at Penn State.
PSU Krymsun In Blue is held by new owner Emily Smetanick Fennell of Freeport, PA, with Emily's husband Dusty Fennell beside her. Others, from left, are Jill Smetanick and trainers Tracy (foreground) and Scott Kauffman.

PSU Krymsun In Blue is held by new owner Emily Smetanick Fennell of Freeport, PA, with Emily's husband Dusty Fennell beside her. Others, from left, are Jill Smetanick and trainers Tracy (foreground) and Scott Kauffman.

The annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at the University Park campus. This year marked the eleventh year that the Equine Science program has held the student-run event.

The sale offering included 13 Penn State horses including two yearlings and eleven two-year-olds. Additionally, this year the sale included two yearlings owned by the State University of New York at Cobleskill. These yearlings were both sired by stallions owned by Penn State and out of mares previously owned by Penn State. Also, six students from SUNY Cobleskill participated in an educational opportunity similar to that provided to the Penn State Equine Marketing students.

PSU Krymsun In Blue, a two-year-old gelding, topped the sale at $5,500 and was purchased by Emily Smetanick Fennell of Freeport, PA. The Penn State two-year olds sold averaged $3,520 per head with the three yearlings sold averaging $1,730.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "The Equine Showcase and Sale are an outstanding demonstration of the exceptional accomplishments of Penn State's equine science students, bringing together in a practical way the wide range of learning experiences that we offer to our students. I wish to thank all those who helped make this year's event a success, from the more than 75 students who participated, to buyers, sponsors and industry professionals. The participation of the students from SUNY Cobleskill was a welcome addition."

The event was more than just a horse sale, including displays from student clubs and equine programs associated with the department of Animal Science. Attendees also had the opportunity to view posters explaining research conducted by Penn State Equine Science undergraduate and graduate students. All aspects of the Penn State Equine Science program were on display, and students conducted tours of the Penn State horse farm during lunch break allowing participants to view sires, dams, and siblings of all the horses being offered in the sale.

This event is a culmination of two spring semester classes: Equine and Livestock Marketing (An Sc 117) and Horse Handling and Training (An Sc 317). The 35 students enrolled in the marketing class were responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of this year's sale, including advertising, promotion, preparation of the sale horses, facilities, event planning and sales operations.

Jordy Hudson, Johnstown, PA, and Melissa Wise, Oro Valley, AZ, were student sale managers, and Jillian Spector, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and Justene Testa, Latrobe, PA, were assistant sale managers. Providing additional leadership and support was a group of 23 students who had taken the course in previous years and served as committee chairs for this year's event.

The Horse Handling and Training class consisted of 18 students who spent the semester handling the PSU two-year-olds and getting them started under saddle. The two classes of students came together during the week preceding the sale and put on the well-run and well-attended event.

The estimated 400 attendees were welcomed by U.S. Congressman Glenn (GT) Thompson, College of Agricultural Sciences Interim Dean Dr. Barbara Christ, and Department of Animal Science Head Dr. Terry Etherton. In addition, Ward Studebaker, former PSU horse farm manager, was recognized by the students and presented with a Nittany Lion statue for his years of dedicated support of the Penn State Quarter Horse breeding program.

The 12th Annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014. Watch for more information on our website, Facebook page, and in various horse magazines next spring.

For more information concerning the showcase, sale, or about Penn State's Quarter Horse herd, visit our website at http://www.das.psu.edu/equine/quarterhorses/ or contact Brian Egan at began@psu.edu or 814-863-0569.