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LSU Equine Health Studies Program receives more than $20,000 from stallion auction

BATON ROUGE–The Equine Health Studies Program in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine held its second multiple-breed Stallion Service Auction in the last quarter of 2002 to generate funds for expansion of the Equine Intensive Care Unit in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics. Over $20,000 was generated through the Internet-based auction.

More than 180 stallion owners from across the United States, representing more than 25 different breeds, donated stallion breedings to the auction. All stallion services offered in the auction were intended for the 2003 breeding season, and mare owners could bid on any number of stallion services.

“The Stallion Service Auction is an incredible opportunity for stallion owners to showcase and market their stallions and their farms while making a much needed and appreciated tax-deductible gift toward construction of the new Equine ICU,” said Dr. Rustin M. Moore, director of the Equine Health Studies Program at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. “Additionally, this multiple-breed auction provides a tremendous opportunity for mare owners to obtain breeding services to top quality stallions at potentially reduced fees.”

The stallion service auction was held via the Internet at from October 1 through November 15, 2002. A second-chance stallion service sale began December 1 and concluded January 1, 2003. The entire winning bid on a stallion was donated to the EHSP. Bids made over regular stud fees were tax deductible for the mare owners.

Over 250 bids were placed on more than 50 stallions with winning bids ranging from $125 to $1,050. The winning bids represented approximately 20 different breeds of horses for a total sum of close to $21,000.

The new intensive care unit, projected to cost $845,000, will be expanded from a two-stall to a 10-stall facility, better meeting the rising demand from the expanding Louisiana horse industry. The school has currently raised more than $550,000 through private, charitable gifts and other fundraising activities.

The new equine ICU will enable the LSU veterinarians to provide advanced veterinary care to the ever-increasing number of critically ill and injured horses admitted to the school’s large animal clinic.

“The equine case load at the veterinary school has increased approximately 15 percent annually since 1990, with 20 to 25 percent of the admitted horses requiring emergency and critical care services,” explained Moore.

Persons interested in supporting the construction of this vitally important, state-of-the-art facility can contact Moore at 225-578-9500. Anyone interested in the third annual stallion service auction, planned for later this year, can visit the school’s web site at or e-mail Moore at

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