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MSU Top of the West Performance Horse Sale draws crowd of 2,000

Bill Brewster

Well-started colts from the Montana State and the University of Montana Western equine classes, dozens of western-style vendors and a popular Derby Day hat contest all contributed to the successful Montana State University (MSU) Top of the West Performance Horse Sale at Copper Spring Ranch (CSR) held the weekend of May 5-7.

The three-day event ended with the live airing of the Kentucky Derby, the sale of the colts provided to students at two area colleges and awards for the top hats in the contest sponsored by the Gallatin Cattlewomen. During the three-day event, more than two thousand equine enthusiasts visited the ranch to attend events that included the CSR Challenge performance show for college students, a consortium of equine experts and the actual Derby Day festivities.

During the sale, 16 student-trained horses sold. Hip number 20, High Brow Pepto, owned by Don Harrington and trained by Western student Kade Ensign, sold for $2,700 as the top college-trained horse.

Horses trained by students from the two schools averaged $1,219. A total of 12 outside consigned horses were sold at the sale with the top animal being consigned by Saddle Peak Equestrian Center. The five-year-old mare, Heavens Lil Playgirl, sold for $5,000. The non-student horses averaged $2,917.

Sheza Dark Flash, a three-year-old Quarter horse mare, owned by Calvin Erb of Dillon and trained by Justine Reynolds of the University of Montana Western, was selected by the judges during the CSR Challenge on May 5 as both the top overall horse in the show and the best fitted and conditioned animal exhibited by a University of Montana Western student. Students competed in a pleasure class, a trail class and in cow working.

Montana State student Nikki Bailey exhibited the top fitted and conditioned colt for her school. The three-year-old mare, Smokin Pepper, was consigned by Mark Harrington.

There were 28 entrees in the Derby Day Hat Contest, which raised $140 for the MSU Equine Boosters and an equal amount for the MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen. The top award for the “Young Filly” category went to Grace Covarrubias. The “Run for the Roses” silver cup was won by Trudy Brence and Sammy Ryan received the “place” silver cup. Belinda Hill was the “Mint Julep” category winner, Christine Willett was the “place” winner and Maria Jerome was the “show” hat contestant selected by the judges.

Well-started colts from the Montana State and the University of Montana Western equine classes, dozens of western-style vendors and a popular Derby Day hat contest all contributed to the successful Montana State University (MSU) Top of the West Performance Horse Sale at Copper Spring Ranch (CSR) held the weekend of May 5-7.

The three-day event ended with the live airing of the Kentucky Derby, the sale of the colts provided to students at two area colleges and awards for the top hats in the contest sponsored by the Gallatin Cattlewomen. During the three-day event, more than two thousand equine enthusiasts visited the ranch to attend events that included the CSR Challenge performance show for college students, a consortium of equine experts and the actual Derby Day festivities.

During the sale, 16 student-trained horses sold. Hip number 20, High Brow Pepto, owned by Don Harrington and trained by Western student Kade Ensign, sold for $2,700 as the top college-trained horse.

Horses trained by students from the two schools averaged $1,219. A total of 12 outside consigned horses were sold at the sale with the top animal being consigned by Saddle Peak Equestrian Center. The five-year-old mare, Heavens Lil Playgirl, sold for $5,000. The non-student horses averaged $2,917.

Sheza Dark Flash, a three-year-old Quarter horse mare, owned by Calvin Erb of Dillon and trained by Justine Reynolds of the University of Montana Western, was selected by the judges during the CSR Challenge on May 5 as both the top overall horse in the show and the best fitted and conditioned animal exhibited by a University of Montana Western student. Students competed in a pleasure class, a trail class and in cow working.

Montana State student Nikki Bailey exhibited the top fitted and conditioned colt for her school. The three-year-old mare, Smokin Pepper, was consigned by Mark Harrington.

There were 28 entrees in the Derby Day Hat Contest, which raised $140 for the MSU Equine Boosters and an equal amount for the MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen. The top award for the “Young Filly” category went to Grace Covarrubias. The “Run for the Roses” silver cup was won by Trudy Brence and Sammy Ryan received the “place” silver cup. Belinda Hill was the “Mint Julep” category winner, Christine Willett was the “place” winner and Maria Jerome was the “show” hat contestant selected by the judges.

Well-started colts from the Montana State and the University of Montana Western equine classes, dozens of western-style vendors and a popular Derby Day hat contest all contributed to the successful Montana State University (MSU) Top of the West Performance Horse Sale at Copper Spring Ranch (CSR) held the weekend of May 5-7.

The three-day event ended with the live airing of the Kentucky Derby, the sale of the colts provided to students at two area colleges and awards for the top hats in the contest sponsored by the Gallatin Cattlewomen. During the three-day event, more than two thousand equine enthusiasts visited the ranch to attend events that included the CSR Challenge performance show for college students, a consortium of equine experts and the actual Derby Day festivities.

During the sale, 16 student-trained horses sold. Hip number 20, High Brow Pepto, owned by Don Harrington and trained by Western student Kade Ensign, sold for $2,700 as the top college-trained horse.

Horses trained by students from the two schools averaged $1,219. A total of 12 outside consigned horses were sold at the sale with the top animal being consigned by Saddle Peak Equestrian Center. The five-year-old mare, Heavens Lil Playgirl, sold for $5,000. The non-student horses averaged $2,917.

Sheza Dark Flash, a three-year-old Quarter horse mare, owned by Calvin Erb of Dillon and trained by Justine Reynolds of the University of Montana Western, was selected by the judges during the CSR Challenge on May 5 as both the top overall horse in the show and the best fitted and conditioned animal exhibited by a University of Montana Western student. Students competed in a pleasure class, a trail class and in cow working.

Montana State student Nikki Bailey exhibited the top fitted and conditioned colt for her school. The three-year-old mare, Smokin Pepper, was consigned by Mark Harrington.

There were 28 entrees in the Derby Day Hat Contest, which raised $140 for the MSU Equine Boosters and an equal amount for the MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen. The top award for the “Young Filly” category went to Grace Covarrubias. The “Run for the Roses” silver cup was won by Trudy Brence and Sammy Ryan received the “place” silver cup. Belinda Hill was the “Mint Julep” category winner, Christine Willett was the “place” winner and Maria Jerome was the “show” hat contestant selected by the judges.

Well-started colts from the Montana State and the University of Montana Western equine classes, dozens of western-style vendors and a popular Derby Day hat contest all contributed to the successful Montana State University (MSU) Top of the West Performance Horse Sale at Copper Spring Ranch (CSR) held the weekend of May 5-7.

The three-day event ended with the live airing of the Kentucky Derby, the sale of the colts provided to students at two area colleges and awards for the top hats in the contest sponsored by the Gallatin Cattlewomen. During the three-day event, more than two thousand equine enthusiasts visited the ranch to attend events that included the CSR Challenge performance show for college students, a consortium of equine experts and the actual Derby Day festivities.

During the sale, 16 student-trained horses sold. Hip number 20, High Brow Pepto, owned by Don Harrington and trained by Western student Kade Ensign, sold for $2,700 as the top college-trained horse.

Horses trained by students from the two schools averaged $1,219. A total of 12 outside consigned horses were sold at the sale with the top animal being consigned by Saddle Peak Equestrian Center. The five-year-old mare, Heavens Lil Playgirl, sold for $5,000. The non-student horses averaged $2,917.

Sheza Dark Flash, a three-year-old Quarter horse mare, owned by Calvin Erb of Dillon and trained by Justine Reynolds of the University of Montana Western, was selected by the judges during the CSR Challenge on May 5 as both the top overall horse in the show and the best fitted and conditioned animal exhibited by a University of Montana Western student. Students competed in a pleasure class, a trail class and in cow working.

Montana State student Nikki Bailey exhibited the top fitted and conditioned colt for her school. The three-year-old mare, Smokin Pepper, was consigned by Mark Harrington.

There were 28 entrees in the Derby Day Hat Contest, which raised $140 for the MSU Equine Boosters and an equal amount for the MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen. The top award for the “Young Filly” category went to Grace Covarrubias. The “Run for the Roses” silver cup was won by Trudy Brence and Sammy Ryan received the “place” silver cup. Belinda Hill was the “Mint Julep” category winner, Christine Willett was the “place” winner and Maria Jerome was the “show” hat contestant selected by the judges.

Well-started colts from the Montana State and the University of Montana Western equine classes, dozens of western-style vendors and a popular Derby Day hat contest all contributed to the successful Montana State University (MSU) Top of the West Performance Horse Sale at Copper Spring Ranch (CSR) held the weekend of May 5-7.

The three-day event ended with the live airing of the Kentucky Derby, the sale of the colts provided to students at two area colleges and awards for the top hats in the contest sponsored by the Gallatin Cattlewomen. During the three-day event, more than two thousand equine enthusiasts visited the ranch to attend events that included the CSR Challenge performance show for college students, a consortium of equine experts and the actual Derby Day festivities.

During the sale, 16 student-trained horses sold. Hip number 20, High Brow Pepto, owned by Don Harrington and trained by Western student Kade Ensign, sold for $2,700 as the top college-trained horse.

Horses trained by students from the two schools averaged $1,219. A total of 12 outside consigned horses were sold at the sale with the top animal being consigned by Saddle Peak Equestrian Center. The five-year-old mare, Heavens Lil Playgirl, sold for $5,000. The non-student horses averaged $2,917.

Sheza Dark Flash, a three-year-old Quarter horse mare, owned by Calvin Erb of Dillon and trained by Justine Reynolds of the University of Montana Western, was selected by the judges during the CSR Challenge on May 5 as both the top overall horse in the show and the best fitted and conditioned animal exhibited by a University of Montana Western student. Students competed in a pleasure class, a trail class and in cow working.

Montana State student Nikki Bailey exhibited the top fitted and conditioned colt for her school. The three-year-old mare, Smokin Pepper, was consigned by Mark Harrington.

There were 28 entrees in the Derby Day Hat Contest, which raised $140 for the MSU Equine Boosters and an equal amount for the MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen. The top award for the “Young Filly” category went to Grace Covarrubias. The “Run for the Roses” silver cup was won by Trudy Brence and Sammy Ryan received the “place” silver cup. Belinda Hill was the “Mint Julep” category winner, Christine Willett was the “place” winner and Maria Jerome was the “show” hat contestant selected by the judges.


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