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ISU Equine Students travel to Lexington, Kentucky to Fasig Tipton Sale

Nikki FerwerdaLecturer, Nikki Ferwerda, teaches Animal Science 317B, Equine Behavior and Training - Yearlings. Part of the class includes a trip to Lexington, Kentucky to observe the November  Fasig-Tipton sale. Fasig Tipton is an auction house for Thoroughbred horses founded in 1898. It is the oldest auction company of its kind in North America and the November sale is the world's premier breeding stock event.

The class also had an opportunity to see the opening day/book one of the Keeneland  sale, another American thoroughbred auction house in Lexington, founded in 1935 as a nonprofit racing/auction entity on 147 acres of farmland west of Lexington. The November sale focuses on Breeding stock and features broodmares and weanlings with some stallions.

Students were able to explore career opportunities, visit the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, New Vocations and connect with some ISU alums in the industry. They also had the opportunity to go to several stallion farms to evaluate stallions for future breedings that will be sires of some future Iowa-breds that will touch the lives of more students through ISU’s equine classes.

A day at the horse barns

The most recent issue of the  Iowa State Daily  highlights what the students are working on at the Iowa State University Horse Barn.

Almost everyone has seen or heard of the Horse Barn on the north side of campus, however most don’t know what goes into running it. They have both mares and stallions as well as multiple foals at the barn.

Many workers have to come in at 6 a.m. to start their chores or come in late at night to help the mares go through labor. Some of the horses that are kept at the barn are not owned by Iowa State itself but by others who want their horses cared for temporarily.

“Lots of owners like to bring their pregnant mares in so that we can see them through the labor and the aftercare.” said Nikki Ferwerda who is a lecturer, an adviser and manager of the barn. “We have been doing this for awhile so the owners tend to trust us to take care of them.” Ferwerda manages the barn and is also an adviser and lecturer who teaches classes from the barn with AnS 332E starting at 7:30 a.m. 

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