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3rd Annual Legends Premier Stallion Season Auction

The holiday season is known to be a time when you may be able to find a bargain online. While some are busy searching for great deals on electronics or clothing, others found their "steals" in the form of breedings that were offered through the Texas A&M University Legends Premier Stallion Season Auction. In addition to a great buy, those who purchase breedings in the auction also help to support stallion reproductive research at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

The Legends auction is an online auction to which stallion owners donate breedings, or seasons. These seasons are then auctioned to mare owners, with the proceeds going to support equine reproductive research at Texas A&M University. The first two years of the auction generated more than $500,000, which has supported research projects through Stallion Reproductive Studies at Texas A&M.

"We are so appreciative of the support that the industry has provided us," said Dr. Dickson Varner, a stallion reproductive specialist at Texas A&M. "Proceeds from the Legends auction have been applied diligently to research and education in stallion reproductive studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. As an example, 23 percent of invited research papers on stallion reproduction at the recent International Symposium on Equine Reproduction originated from Texas A&M University.  This research would not have been possible without the support of the equine industry."

The 3rd Annual Legends Premier Stallion Season Auction began on December 1, 2010. It is comprised of three sessions, the last of which closes on February 18, 2011. Breedings to some of the most elite stallions from western performance, Quarter Horse racing, rail disciplines and halter were donated to the auction this year, with more than 200 total breedings available to bidders.

"We are committed to improving reproductive management practices within the horse industry," said Varner. "We sincerely thank the stallion owners and agents, as well as the mare owners, for helping us fulfill this mission by participating in the 3rd Annual Legends Premier Stallion Season Auction."

To learn more about the Legends Premier Stallion Season Auction or equine reproductive research at Texas A&M University, contact the Equine Initiative offices at (979) 845-6098.

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