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11.20.07

Custom Saddle Auction Benefits Equine Reproduction

COLLEGE STATION, TX - No good deed goes unrecognized, and the veterinarians serving in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences equine reproduction program have definitely found that to hold true.

After helping one of his mares, Ralph Gray wanted to show his appreciation to the clinicians at the CVM in a really unique way.

Mr. Gray enlisted the services of legendary saddle maker M. L. Leddy to build a high-end hand-made cutting saddle to be auctioned off at the National Cutting Horse Association's Futurity Sales event in December. The internationally renowned Texas saddle maker was honored by the request. The recipient will have options on seat size and style (such as cutting, cow horse, or reining trees). Examples of Leddy saddles can be viewed on the M. L. Leddy's website - http://www.leddys.com.

Western Bloodstock will be handling the auction with proceeds directly benefiting the equine reproduction program at the CVM.

The auction is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16 at the John Justin Sale Arena located at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Ben Emison of Western Bloodstock estimates the saddle to sell between 9 -10 a.m.

"The people at the CVM were very helpful to me, and I wanted to do something special for them," said Mr. Gray. "They're really nice, and I hope that this saddle will do really well at the auction so that the proceeds will make a significant impact on their program."

Dr. Dickson Varner, Professor and Pin Oak Stud Chair at the CVM, said, "We are greatly appreciative of Mr. Gray's generous support of our program. We have a very experienced team of clinicians here, and providing excellent service for our clients is a priority. We envison the proceeds of this saddle auction to further advance our research and educational efforts at the College level and within the horse industry. We thank Mr. Gray immensely for this bighearted gift!"

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Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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Cell - (979) 739-5718



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