1st stallion service auction a success for 4-H, UA horse judging program
By The Cooperative Extension Service
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
- Stallion service auction garners $17,400 in bids
- Proceeds fund 4-H equine, UA horse judging team activities
- Breeding to High Brow CD gets high bid of $4,250
LITTLE ROCK — An online stallion service auction that benefited the 4-H equine program and the University of Arkansas horse judging team went so well that planning is underway for a second one.
“We brought in $17,400, and for our first year, we were pretty pleased with that,” said Mark Russell, assistant professor-equine for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “This is unique. We don’t know of any other 4-H program doing anything like this.”
At auction were stud services to top cutting, western pleasure and halter stallions, all donated by their owners. The proceeds from the auction will fund scholarships to 4-H equine camps, purchase camp equipment and help support travel for the University of Arkansas’ horse judging team.
“We’re looking to doing it again next year,” Russell said. “We have some of the same stallions committed and a few new ones too.”
The auction’s top bid of $4,250 went for a service to High Brow CD, a cutting horse stallion that sired 65 National Cutting Horse Association champions and reserve champs in 2014 alone. His foals have earned more than $2.5 million. The 10-year-old stallion was a champion himself, with more than a half-million dollars in lifetime earnings and a place in the NCHA hall of fame. High Brow CD stands at Grace Ranch in Jennings, Louisiana.
Other top bids were $2,700 for Hydrive Cat, standing at Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas; $2,050 for Rockin W, standing at The Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas; and $1,500 for TR Dual Rey, who also stands at Buffalo Ranch.
To learn more about 4-H, the youth development program of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in Arkansas, visit http://uaex.edu/4h-youth/default.aspx.
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