Big Weekend for MSU Colt Sale


The 11th Annual Top of the West Horse Sale and Ranch Horse Competition was held this past weekend at the Copper Spring Ranch in Bozeman, MT. The event was hosted by the Equine Boosters of MSU. 

The idea of the sale was brought up over a decade ago by booster member Bob Hanson with the Montana Horse Company in White Sulphur Spring, MT. The mission of the Equine Boosters of MSU “is to serve as a network that supports the needs of the equine education program at Montana State University.” 

The MSU Colt Starting Class is instructed by Reata Brannaman and Isaac Johnson. Students who are enrolled in the class are paired up with colts and they have two semesters to learn and grow together. 

This year’s Top of the West Horse Sale raised over $155,550. The proceeds raised by the Equine Boosters of MSU will go directly to benefit the Equine Science Program in Montana State University College of Agriculture. 

On Friday, the Colt Starting Competition and Consigned Ranch Horse Competition was held. 

The Consigned Ranch Horse Competition was made up of consigned horses from the ranchers that generously donate colts to the MSU Colt Starting Class. Both the consigned horses and the MSU colts and their riders were judged on their talent, skill, experience and a set pattern. 

The winners of the Consigned Ranch Horse Competition:

 1st Place: Lance Froelich Lot #20 MR Bucks Bonanza

2nd Place: Isaac Johnson Lot #33 Two Blue Rivers

3rd Place: Casey Cover    Lot #6 Peptos A Drift


The winners of the MSU Colt Competition:

 1st Place: Casey Cover    Lot #13 Colour Me Shiney

2nd Place: Meilan Sim     Lot #10 Poco Pine Playgun

3rd Place: Stef Herrera    Lot #26 Stefs Got A Shiner


 The Top 5 lots sold on Saturday:

·         Lot 17  – $15,500, a May 2014 Sorrel Mare donated by Froelich Quarter Horses, started by Shantal Smith and selling to Carolyn Bergkuist, Hamston, NH

·         Lot 15 – $7,250, a June 2012 Red Roan Gelding donated by Buck Brannaman, started by Cayce Cover and selling to Walt Bales, Miles City, MT

·         Lot 20 – $7,000, a May 2008 Buckskin Gelding consigned by Lance Frolich and selling to Timothy Getz, Tremonton, UT

·         Lot 6 – $7,000, a May 2013 Blue Roan Gelding consigned by Jaton Lord and selling to David Grazier, Mesa, AZ

·         Lot 10 – $6,250, a May 2014 Red Roan Mare donated by Running U Livestock, started by MeiLan Sim and selling to Bonnie Martinelli, CoeurdeAlene, ID

Total Sale Averages


To learn more about the Equine Boosters of MSU Click here. Or follow the MSU Colt Starting Class on Facebook.

Picture: MSU Colt Starting Class

Lane Nordlund Northern Ag Network 2017


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