Annual Penn State horse sale April 25

The University Park campus will be pulsing with Nittany Lion pride on April 25 for Penn State's annual Blue and White Game, but football is not the only Penn State program to be showcased. Directly across from Beaver Stadium in the Snider Agricultural Arena, the Penn State equine program will be hosting its seventh annual Equine Science Showcase and Select Breeders Sale.

This year's horse sale will offer at least 20 horses from the university's program, including five yearlings, 13 green-broke two-year olds and two three-year-olds. In addition to university animals, a group of outside breeders also will be featured in the sale, adding 15 prospect and trained horses to the auction. These breeders include Mansion Farm Quarter Horses of Roaring Spring, Lewis Quarter Horses from Tyrone, CNF Quarter Horses of Port Matilda, Trueman Training Center of Loretto and Cloverdale Farms from Mifflinburg.
The doors open at 8:30 a.m. and visitors can enjoy tours of the Penn State equine facilities, the Pennsylvania Amateur Quarter Horse Association used-tack sale, and educational and industry displays before the sale begins. Ed Trueman, of Trueman Training Center, will give a reining demonstration at noon on the USET finalist stallion, Ceda Lena. The auction begins at 2 p.m. and is followed by an Equine Science alumni barbeque. 
Since its beginning in 1955, the Penn State American Quarter Horse program has been successful in producing both high-quality animals and high-quality students. Like previous sales, this year's Equine Science Showcase is also a learning tool for undergraduate Equine Science students who assist in the preparation.
Students work directly with the horses in breeding, handling and training courses throughout the year and also play a large part in making sale arrangements. Brian Egan, instructor in equine science, recognizes the benefits of involving students in the sale process. "With their involvement, we are able to stage the event, and the students have a chance to get real, hands-on experience in event planning and execution," he said.
Student sale managers Callihan Schillaci and Cayce Walter and assistant student sale managers Krystal Miller and Jenna Pannone are working with 45 students enrolled in the spring Equine Marketing class to pull the sale together. The course teaches students the importance of effective communication, taking on leadership roles, working together and following a well-laid- out plan.
Students put these theories into practice for the sale as they take on aspects of sale operations, advertising, public relations, sponsorships, tours, technology, facility layout, food, apparel and communication with outside breeders.
An online catalog of the animals that will be sold at the auction is available at For more information, visit or contact Brian Egan at (814) 863-0569 or by email at
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Last Updated November 18, 2010