Writer: Victor Venegas
New Mexico State University is on the verge of making history, courtesy of Jack Black Oak, NMSU Kiss N Cahoots, Koritsimas King, Sissy Snort and some dedicated students.
"This is the first time in a long time that the university is taking part in a public horse sale," said Jason Turner, an Animal and Range Sciences professor. "It's been around 20 years since the last time NMSU was a seller at any kind of public horse sale, other than the NMSU horse sale on campus."
Several students, including incoming freshman Logan Potts, have been putting in long hours preparing the four horses for the New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Sale in Ruidoso on Aug. 17-19.
"I am so grateful for the opportunities this is creating for me," Potts said. "I feel very fortunate to be able to be part of this and believe it will be very beneficial for me in the future."
Potts, an Animal and Range Sciences major, has been working with the horses at the NMSU Horse Center since May, doing his part to make sure the horses are at their best when they go before the buyers at Ruidoso Downs.
"I'm with them around 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. in the morning, exercising them, walking them around the pen, washing them up," he said. "To be honest, these guys are spoiled rotten, but that's okay. They're worth it."
"I've been exposed to animals ever since I could step out and walk on my own," he said. "Plus, my family helped push me and encourage me in everything I do."
Turner said taking part in the horse sale is the culmination of three years of planning and work that began after the donation of a few well-bred, racing-type mares to the university.
"This is an excellent educational opportunity," he said. "It exposes the students to the race horse industry, but it's more than just the sale. It's also caring for the horse, the paperwork involved and the marketing that goes on in the industry."
He added that he's impressed by the dedication of his students, particularly Potts.
"He's an exceptional kid," Turner said. "There will be a lot more stories written about Logan before he's out of here."
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