CSU names AQHA official to lead equine sciences program
FORT COLLINS – Gary Carpenter, executive director of the American Quarter Horse Association Foundation, has been named the outreach and industry liaison director for the Colorado State University equine sciences program.
A CSU graduate and native of San Angelo, Texas, Carpenter will begin his duties Feb. 1, said Bill Wailes, director of the animal sciences department at CSU. Carpenter will be at the National Western Stock Show next week, Wailes added.
“This is a huge, huge deal for us in terms of what we will be able to do to take our equine program to the next level,” Wailes said. Carpenter, he said, will assume some of the duties of Jim Heird, the director of equine teaching and outreach who left CSU last year to take a similar position at Texas A&M.
Wailes said CSU received a donation that will pay Carpenter’s salary, as well as operating costs.
“It was a sizable donation,” Wailes said, but he did not reveal who made it.
Carpenter, who graduated from CSU in 1979 with a degree in agriculture industries management, said he is thrilled at the prospect of returning to CSU.
“I have been on the equine sciences advisory committee up there for the past seven or eight years and was chair. I’ve been able to see what they are doing these days and I’m just amazed at the progress and the talent of students in that program,” Carpenter said in a telephone interview.
The equine sciences program is one of the stronger areas in the department of animal sciences at CSU. This fall it has more than 400 students enrolled, and Wailes said about 56 percent of those are from out of state.
“That program covers all aspects of the horse industry, which is why it is so attractive for me,” Carpenter said.
In addition to the AQHA, which is headquartered in Amarillo, Texas, Carpenter has been the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, and the executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. That organization gave him the 2000 Stubbs Award for exemplary service to the veterinary industry by a nonveterinarian for developing the trained veterinary spokesperson program for more than 100 shows and races each year, including The Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and AQHA World Championships show.
Carpenter and his wife, Marian, have four daughters, and three of them are still active in the 4-H program, he said.
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