By Kim Lemmon, Ohio’s Country Journal
The students enrolled in the Equine Program at The Ohio State University are gearing up to hold the program’s first online horse auction. An annual horse sale has been part of the University’s curriculum for years, but damage to the horse facility on main campus several years ago left the program without an indoor riding arena and indoor facilities to host the sale.
“Lack of an indoor facility puts us at the mercy of the weather,” said Dr. Kimberly Cole, Ohio State University Associate Professor and Equine Extension Specialist and instructor of the Equine Facilities, Marketing and Management class. “We wanted to relieve that pressure and hopefully increase the audience.”
The sale will be held online from April 17 to April 24, 2015.
“We have a sale preview day and open house on April 18 where students are showing their horses throughout the day,” Cole said. “We will also have face painting, a petting zoo, ground roping, hay rides and a silent auction available.”
Sixteen horses are in this year’s sale.
“All horses are owned by OSU,” she said. “Three of this year’s sale horses were born and raised at OSU. The others were donated this past fall for the Behavior & Training class to work with and put in the sale.
“The first goal is to provide the students with hands-on industry experience producing a horse sale. The second is to raise funds to directly support the equine classes. There are about 25 students in the Equine Facilities, Marketing & Management class (which puts the sale together) and about 20 students in the Equine Behavior & Training class (which readies the horses for the sale).
Potential buyers can register and bid at www.buckeyebonanza.osu.edu. Horses purchased during the sale need to be picked up by buyers on April 26, 2015.
The Buckeye Bonanza Open House and Sale Horse Preview Day is Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the OSU Equine Facility, 3658 Kays Road, Dublin, Ohio. The students and instructors invite the public to attend to glimpse the sale horses first hand and meet the students and instructors involved in their training and the organization of the sale.