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Penn State Quarter Horses Successful at PA Quarter Horse Nittany Classic

Posted: September 26, 2014

Horses for the Nittany Classic were prepared and shown primarily by students.
Penn State students with horses, from left:  Ashleigh Egan with PSU Invite A Krymsun, Patricia Ochonski with PSU Krymsun Gray Sky,  and Jocelyn Marzella with PSU Hint of Krymsun.

Penn State students with horses, from left: Ashleigh Egan with PSU Invite A Krymsun, Patricia Ochonski with PSU Krymsun Gray Sky, and Jocelyn Marzella with PSU Hint of Krymsun.

Penn State's nationally-acclaimed equine program lived up to its reputation, excelling at the 2014 Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Nittany Classic and Futurity held in Centre County in August. There are approximately 60 registered Quarter Horses in the herd, with seven being shown at the Classic. The horses were prepared and shown primarily by students.

Brian Egan, horse farm coordinator and instructor of equine science in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, said, "The show offers an outstanding opportunity for our students to learn to handle, feed, groom and show young horses. Students' contributions are invaluable for the success we have had."

Egan noted that the horses in the herd are used extensively in equine classes and other activities within the Department, including training the horse judging teams.

Success in the weanling classes at the Classic include:

* PSU Dark Krymsun Sky - Champion QIP (Quality Improvement Program) and Open Weanling colts (shown by Jocelyn Marzella, Ridgway, PA)

* PSU My Time To Win - Reserve Champion Open Weanling Colts (shown by Ashleigh Egan, Mount Eagle, PA)

* PSU Hint Of Krymsun - Champion QIP and Open Weanling Fillies (shown by Jocelyn Marzella, Ridgway, PA)

* PSU Invite A Krymsun - 3rd Place QIP and Open Weanling Fillies (shown by Ashleigh Egan, Mount Eagle, PA)

* PSU Krymsun Gray Sky - 5th Place QIP and Open Weanling Fillies (shown by Patricia Ochonski, Stamford, CT)

Successful yearlings were shown by Assistant Manager Chris Grant and included:

* PSU Hello Mr Krymsun - Champion QIP and Open Yearling Longe Line

* PSU Willy Be Rockin - Reserve Champion QIP and Open Yearling Longe Line

Several other Penn State-bred horses owned by others also performed very well in the Nittany Classic, with some earning championships and others placing in the top five in their classes.

Molly Fetter, Cashtown, PA, also worked extensively with the horses throughout the summer to prepare them for the show, but was unable to show because of a scheduling conflict with her job. Students who are in town for the summer have the opportunity to help prepare and handle the weanlings daily to gain experience. Additionally, there are other students who help prepare the horses immediately preceding the futurity once they return to campus after summer break. Egan noted that this year there were three incoming freshmen in addition to the upper classman listed above who helped tremendously in the preparations of the horses on show weekend.

"The success of Penn State-bred horses is an affirmation of our extensive and thoughtful breeding program," Egan said. "The two-year-olds that we offer for sale are becoming more sought after within the industry."  This increased interest stems from the success of PSU Dynamic Krymsun not only in the show arena but also as a sire. This young stallion's offspring are beginning to be very successful not only locally but on the regional and national level.

The Nittany Classic was the third and final AQHA show of the season. The show hosted four judges and had 12 percent more entries than the previous year.