Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacts: Jesse Lea Schneider, 432-295-0342, email@example.com
Logan Boswell, 432-837-6207, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALPINE – West Texas horsemen should saddle up and head for the second annual Ranch/Stock Horse Short Course set for Sept. 19 at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Arena or “SALE” Arena at Sul Ross State University’s Turner Range Animal Science Center, East U.S. Highway 90 in Alpine.
The multi-county Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The AgriLife Extension offices in Presidio and Brewster/Jeff Davis counties will host the short course.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this workshop for both youth and adults interested in improving their ranch and stock horse skills,” said Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County. “As a knowledgeable horseman, Dr. Dennis Sigler, AgriLife Extension state horse specialist, will bring a wealth of knowledge to Far West Texas. His style of teaching relates well to all ages and allows for an opportunity for a day of one-on-one questions and interaction both in the classroom and on horseback.”
Schneider said all horses coming to the event must have current proof of a negative Coggins test.
Individual adult registration is $10 as is registration for youth not enrolled in the 4-H program. The program is free for currently enrolled 4-H members. RSVP by Sept. 15 to Schneider at 432-295-0342.
The short course topics and presenters will include:
– Procedures for Showing and Judging Ranch/Stock Horses, Sigler.
– Nutrition and Conditioning for the Working Horse, Sigler.
– Poisonous Plants and ID, Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist at Fort Stockton.
Lunch for participants will be sponsored by Johnson’s Feed and Western Wear of Alpine.
After lunch participants should have their mounts saddled and in the arena for pattern work and an introduction to cow work. The program will conclude with advanced cow work.
For more information call Schneider at 432-295-0342 or Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent for Brewster/Jeff Davis counties, at 432-837-6207.