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Colorado State University – April 2014

Students in the Horse Training and Sale Preparation Lab work hard all year to get their young horse ready not only for the sale, but for the Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. Student Competition too. The Wagonhound Student Competition takes place every year on the Saturday before the sale. This year’s competition will be taking place on April 19, 2014 starting at 9 a.m at the B.W. Pickett Arena.

There are two portions to the Wagonhound Student Competition: Salesmanship and Riding.

In the Salesmanship portion of the competition, students will be asked to walk around the arena with their horse on foot. They will walk up to a microphone and be asked to tell the judges about their young horse including basic background information and pedigree information. Students are judged on their pattern, speech, and presentation of their horse. The goal of the Salesmanship portion of the competition is for students to ‘sell’ their horse to the judges.

In the riding portion of the competition, students will be able to show off their horses’s riding and handling abilities. The students will be asked to ride a pattern, which includes opening a gate, transitioning through all three gaits, turn on the hindquarters, etc. Students will be judged on the precision of their pattern, as time is not a factor.

When the Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. Competition is complete, there will be an award ceremony for the students and the overall competition winner will be announced. We will be hosting a free BBQ dinner after the awards have been handed out.

Wagonhound Land & Livestock, LLC generously provides students with scholarship money that will be awarded during the award ceremony. Wagonhound is a company that was founded in 1999 and has been an influential player in our industry ever since. They are located on 150,000 cares in Douglas, Wyoming. The company is known for harvesting hay, offering hunts, and operating a horse program that focuses on producing versatile, high-performance horses. Wagonhound boasts premier cutting, reining, and reined cow horse bloodlines in their program. Be sure to check out their website to learn more!

Iddings Makers & Cowan Select Horses, LLC generously provides a champion saddle each year for the Wagonhound Student Competition. This handmade saddle is made by CSU Alum, Zach Iddings, will be awarded to the Overall Champion of the competition. To learn more, visit Iddings Makers and Cowan Select Horses, LLC websites.

CSU Equine Sciences would like to give a special thanks to both of these amazing sponsors for their continued support!