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CSU's horse sale tops off year of learning for equine students

May 19, 2014

Colorado State University's ninth annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale generated sales of $245,142 and offered 60 American Quarter Horses.

CSU student trainer, Bailie Van Leuven and the high selling young horse, Gallo Jezzy, a 2012 bay gelding consigned by T-Cross Ranches. The total number of horses sold in 2014 was intentionally decreased in order to allow the students participating to have a more hands on experience in the courses that support the sale. Each year the students assume a greater role in the actual production of the sale as well as training the young horses

The average price for the young horses auctioned was $3,900 and for older horses the average price was $5,306 during the event on April 26 at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center on CSU’s Foothills Campus. The high-selling young horse brought $9,700, and the high-selling older horse brought $10,000.

Singular learning experience

Of the horses sold, half were 2- and 3-year-olds provided by consignors to the CSU Equine Sciences Program last fall and were trained by students majoring in equine science at the university. The arrangement provides a singular learning experience for students in CSU’s trademark Equine Sciences Program. The students start the well-bred young horses with faculty guidance in horse-training laboratories that run nearly the full academic year.

In addition to the promising young horses, consignors offered proven older horses through the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, which focuses on standout bloodlines from some of the nation’s premier Western ranches.

Supporting the program

“We are most appreciative of the continued involvement of our consignors and equine sciences advisory committee for their support of this program,” said Jerry Black, D.V.M., director of the CSU Equine Sciences Program and the CSU Equine Reproduction Center. “Many have participated in consigning both young horses to train as well as older trained horses since the inception of the sale nine years ago. We look forward to their continued support for the 10th anniversary of the Legends of Ranching Sale in 2015.”

“The student experience that precedes the Legends sale, provided through our colt-training classes as well as the event and sales management classes, is the true purpose of the sale and through the years has provided an opportunity for students to participate in what has become a signature event for the Equines Science Program,” Black said.

In addition to training the young horses, CSU equine students also planned and managed most aspects of the sale.


• The high-selling older horse, a 12-year-old mare from Wagonhound Land & Livestock, brought $10,000. Named PC Dustin Della, the bay is an experienced ranch who has also had a successful show career in the arena. She is sired by PC Laughing Sundust and is out of PC Oaka Della.

• The high-selling young horse, a 2-year-old gelding from T-Cross Ranches, brought $9,700. Named Gallo Jezzy, the gelding is sired by Gallo Poco Cross, a successful Versatility Ranch Horse Champion and is out of Taris Other Jezzy.

• The average price for younger horses was $3,900, and the average for aged horses was $5,306.

• Terry Crofoot, chair to our Equine Sciences Advisory Committee, was recognized at the sale with the “Industry Partner” award, given to outstanding supporters of the CSU Equine Sciences Program. Crofoot owns and operates Crofoot Ranches, LLP, Lubbock, TX and Clarendon, TX and is a longtime consignor to the Legends of Ranching Sale.

Proceeds are split among sale costs, consignors and the CSU Equine Sciences Program.

2015 Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale

For information about the 2015 Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, contact Cassidy Kurtz, CSU Equine Sciences Coordinator and Legends of Ranching Sale Manager at (970) 491-8373 or