Top studs help raise money for 4-H horse programs through stallion service auction
- Arkansas 4-H Stallion Service Auction runs until noon, Feb. 12
- Visit the auction at http://www.arkansasstallionauction.com
- Bids accepted online or by phone
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Great looks. Rippling muscles. Flowing locks. Outstanding work ethic. It’s everything you could want in the father of your next … performance horse.
All of those qualities are up for bid in something like an eBay of stud services, the online Arkansas 4-H Stallion Service Auction, which opened Jan. 22 and closes at noon central on Feb. 12. The auction, which has attracted bids from around the U.S. and as far away as Canada, offers cutting, working cow, halter and western pleasure stallion breedings.
Bids are accepted online at http://www.arkansasstallionauction.com and by phone at 501-590-5748.
The proceeds of the auction will assist the Arkansas 4-H Horse Program operated by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture as well as the Animal Science Department’s horse judging team in the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.
Birth of a fundraiser
About a year ago, “I was with a couple of horse industry people and stakeholders at a place called Sunrise Ranch in Fayetteville, said Mark Russell, assistant professor-equine, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Sunrise Ranch happens to be the owner of Spots Hot, a sorrel with lots of chrome and more than a half-million in earnings and a spot in the 2009 National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame.
“Chad Vanlandingham, who manages that ranch came up with this idea,” Russell said. “They routinely donate breedings to Spots Hot and we thought we’d try this.”
Lewis Wray, one of the folks in that year-ago discussion, was a 4-Her and excited about the auction as a way to help that program and the horse judging program.
Later, “as an assistant principal, I found that kids involved in the 4-H program didn’t seem to have problems with us in the office,” he said. Wray made sure his two sons were also involve in 4-H. “My youngest is a trainer in Texas and the other is a VP at Tyson. 4-H has been good to us.”
“Those performance horses you’ve got in the auction, there’s not any better in the world” he said. “Everyone of them is great. Hope it does well for 4-H and the horse judging program.”
On the block
The result is an auction filled with talent. The roster includes:
18 cutting/cow horse stallions:
- Bama Cat – 2009 sorrel, High Brow Cat x MH San Tules Dually
- Dual R Smokin – 2005, sorrel, Dual Rey-Smokin Pepto
- Fantastic Cat - 2002 sorrel, High Brow Cat x Marmosets Playgirl
- High Brow CD – 2004 sorrel, High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD
- Hold That Cow – 1999 bay, Holidoc-SR Hickory Lynn
- Hydrive Cat – 2003 sorrel, High Brow Cat x Ruby Tuesday DNA
- Lena Peptolena – 2006 bay, Peptoboonsmal-Lenas Lucinda
- Laker Doc – 1992 sorrel, Bob Acre Doc x Laney Doc
- Lottashiney Cash – 2004 sorrel, Shining Spark x Lottatimecash
- Mandalay Rey – 2005 sorrel, Dual Rey x Dainty Playgirl
- Mississippi Cat – 2005 sorrel, High Brow Cat x Go Little Starlight
- Monarcat – 2001 sorrel, High Brow Cat x Smart Little Kitty
- Neat Little Cat – 2001 sorrel, High Brow Cat x Neat Little May
- Rockin’ W – 2006 sorrel, Dual Rey-Boon San Kitty
- Spots Hot – 2001 sorrel, Chula Dual x Sweet Shorty Lena
- Stylish Rey Gay – 2001 sorrel, Playin Stylish x Tari Rey Gay
- Travelin Jonez – 2008 bay, Smart Chic O Lena- Travelin With Sass
- TR Dual Rey – 1999, sorrel, Dual Rey x Peppys Misty Oaks
- A Dream Remembered, 2004, ch. Invitation Only x Investment Annie
- Certain Potential – 1996 bay, Potential Investment-Miss Surly Bars
- Double Up Investment – 2001 sorrel, Artful Investment x A New Chute
- SL Alliance – 2006 bay, A Good Machine x Alli Ward
- Enquest – 2009, sorrel, CRS Gold Nugget x Top This Pizzaz
- Playgirls RC Renegade – 2002 Sorrel, Playgirls Conclusion x A Renegade Lady
Arranging the actual breeding is between the bidder and the stallion owner, Russell said.
The auction is important to fund scholarships, internships learning opportunities such as camps and workshops, national travel to various competitions, equipment for activities and books and other learning tools for 4-H horse clubs in Arkansas.
Russell said that “program funding is always a concern to parents and youth and that learning opportunities should greatly increase because of this auction.”
“This is a very innovative way to provide superior genetics to horse owners and at the same time provide funding for youth in Arkansas,” said Michael Looper, professor and head of the Animal Science Department. “I commend Chad, Lewis and Mark for their efforts and look forward to further collaborations between the Department and interested stakeholders.
The proceeds will also help the judging team, whose activities offer students a rare opportunity to receive a head start and the ability to network in the horse industry before leaving college.
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By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture
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