Feather River College Sale

Every year at Feather River College in Quincy, CA students with hopes of entering the equine training industry get to try their hand at starting college owned horses, training them up and taking them as three and four-year-olds through the annual Production Horse Sale.

This May 17th and 18th, when the students take their projects through the 26th annual sale, they will be showing off a new product. With a batch of new stallions, and a remuda of updated broodmares, Feather River College will be offering a new and improved breeding program that reflects the modernization and trainability of the American Quarter Horse.

Under the direction of Lead Equine Instructor Susannah Campbell, the sale catalog will have some of the foundation lines that built their program, but offer some new bloodlines that will help carry the program into the future.

“I feel like the more modern bloodlines can come with a mindset that is trainable and beginner friendly for new colt starters, such as our students” Campbell said.

Feather River College is a teaching institution first, and Campbell says the breeding decisions they make relate directly back to the trainability of the horses for the benefit of the students who learn on them. Many students have never started colts before, or have never taken a horse through a high pressure performance situation like the annual sale, but year after the year, the sale offers a learning experience that can’t be replicated in a controlled classroom setting.

“I’m excited to mix and match with mares that we already have that have been successful producers for us, and I am eager to see how these new bloodlines will mesh and work inside the classroom for our students,” said Campbell.

Last year, two of the college’s stallions, Shooting from Memory by Playgun and the $1 million reining sire Rowdy Yankee by Smart Chic Olena, passed away. They had been monumental in the creation of the program and its development. Their deaths required some quick pivoting by the program, which opened up opportunity for new stallions and broodmares to come in.

One such addition is TSR Rey Peepto, a stallion by Dual Rey and out of a producing Peptoboonsmal mare. Barn named Pirate, he was donated to the college by the 808 Ranch after an injury left him with only one eye. This year, the college will offer one three-year-old colt by Pirate, FRC Rey of Light.

“Our Pirate cross has been really docile, gentle, wants to learn and has shown a lot of natural talent,” said Campbell.

The college will also have five Rowdy Yankee colts in the sale, some of the last offspring of the famed stallion. Campbell says they are natural stoppers and great movers. Shooting From Memory babies will also begin to dwindle from the FRC sale catalogs. The college will only offer a handful over the next couple of years’ sales.

The Equine Program staff worked with a variety of ranches to update their broodmare herd with offspring of Metallic Cat, Sophisticated Catt, Light and Lena, and Cat Ichi , while maintaining some older lines that stand the test of time. Some offspring of these mares will be for sale this year, including a grade draft-cross filly, Thelma.

“We wanted to try a draft cross because they are such gentle giants,” said Campbell. “She has a big stride with really comfortable gaits and has been really quiet and accepting with everything we have done.”

Along with the addition of the new broodmares and increase in outside stallion breedings, the college also recently acquired another young stallion, Trashya Whiz. The five-year-old NRHA money earner is by $12 million sire Gunnatrashya out of Prettywhizprettydoes, the dam of $7 million sire Spooks Gotta Whiz, and was purchased to bring in some reining and cow horse lines to the program.

“We are excited about the opportunities that our students will be able to have with this updated breeding program,” said Campbell. “I am looking forward to seeing how far they will be able to take these horses and what they will be able to learn with a higher level of performance bred horse.”

The public will have a chance to purchase these young prospects at the sale in Quincy on May 17 and 18. The May 17 preview, judged by FRC alumni and cow horse champion Nick Dowers, begins with a conformation class at noon, with a freestyle competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, will begin with a trail challenge at 8:30 a.m., and a short go reining competition will follow, featuring the top ten scoring horses.

The live auction will be held May 18 at 1 p.m. and will also be hosted online through liveauctions.com. Questions can be directed to Susannah Campbell at scampbell@frc.edu or visit frc.edu/horsesale for more information.