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Horses trained by MSU, UMW and MCC students to compete, be sold April 5, 6

April 2, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Young horses trained by students at Montana State University, the University of Montana Western and Miles Community College will compete and be sold April 5 and 6 as part of the Top of the West Horse Sale activities at the Copper Spring Ranch near Bozeman.

Sponsored by the Equine Boosters of MSU, the event will feature 28 three-year-old AQHA fillies and geldings that were donated to the three schools by more than a dozen quarter horse breeders. Bloodlines represented include some of the most popular in the quarter horse industry, such as Smart Chic Olena, Doc's Hickory, Doc O'Lena, Paddys Irish Whisky, Peptoboonsmal, Peppy San Badger, Bueno Chex, and Dash for Cash.

The event will also include a collegiate competition. A traveling bronze trophy created by sculptor Bob Burkhart will go to the winning team. Other top collegiate horsemen will receive buckles.

The horse sale was started by Bob Hanson, former chairman of the boosters, to raise funds for the equine education program in the MSU College of Agriculture while fostering public understanding of MSU's equine program. Since UMW and MCC have joined the event, they have similar goals for the equine programs on their campuses.

Unlike other years, this sale will be held in conjunction with the MSU Spring Rodeo instead of on Derby Day in May.

The schedule for the seventh annual Top of the West sale and competition is:

Friday, April 5

9 a.m. to noon - Colt starting competition, indoor arena.

1 to 3 p.m. - Colt starting competition, indoor arena.

Saturday, April 6

10 a.m. - Sale preview, indoor arena.

1 p.m. - Top of the West Sale, indoor arena. Awards presented at start of sale.

The sale catalog and other details are available on the Montana Farm Bureau Federation website at, the Coppers Spring Ranch website at and the Headwaters Livestock site at

For more information, go to or contact Brent Poppe at or Diana Bailey at

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or

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