RIVER FALLS - Fifty-six high quality two-year-old horses trained by UW-River Falls students enrolled in the Principles of Training Horses class will be offered for sale at the 41st annual UW-River Falls Colt Sale on May 6.
The event will be held at UWRF Campus Farm, 1475 Wasson La., River Falls.
The sale preview will start at 11 a.m. in the Brainard-Kasten Colt Barn arena with the student trainers riding their horses for potential buyers. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the student trainers will be available over lunch to answer questions about their horses. The sale will begin at 2 p.m.
Buyers are welcome to bid by phone, but they must be pre-registered. The pre-registration form can be found on the UWRF Colt Sale website at www.uwrfcoltsale.com under the Sale tab. In a tradition begun with the 40th sale in 2016, UWRF alumni are invited to gather under the tent for lunch, where they can learn about updates being made on the Campus Farm and have the chance to win a door prize.
The Colt Sale website also features photos, videos, and sires and dams for the 2017 colts. Final visual media and the sale catalog (including full performance pedigrees and descriptions of riding qualities) will be posted on the website by April 17. Weekly updates on their training progress over the course of the semester can be found on the Colt Sale Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uwrfcoltsale.
For the first time, more information about the UWRF Colts in Training program will be available at the Minnesota Horse Expo April 28-29 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. In a single semester, the students turn a barely halter broke and never saddled or ridden colt, into one that is well trained under saddle and ready to be auctioned off at the annual colt sale.
Instructor Nathan O’Connor, accompanied by four students and their horses, will give a presentation in the AgStar Arena at the Fairgrounds on Friday, April 28, from 5-6 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 29, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Students will also be on hand over the weekend in the State Fair Horse Barn to answer questions about the auction and the Colts in Training Program.