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LSU Equine Health Studies Program Holds Second Annual Stallion Auction

BATON ROUGE–The Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine will launch its second annual Internet Stallion Service Auction in October to generate funds for expansion of the Equine Intensive Care Unit.

The first multiple-breed stallion auction raised more than $37,000 for the new unit, and the EHSP hopes to continue that success with an improved auction this year.

"The Stallion Service Auction offers mare owners the opportunity to select top quality stallions for breeding with potentially discounted fees," said Dr. Rustin Moore, director of the EHSP.

Stallions from across the United States, representing multiple breeds and use, will be featured in the auction. Stallion owners that donate stallion services will be recognized as participants in the auction and their contributions are tax deductible.

Bidding on the stallions opens October 1 and closes November 15 at 12 p.m. All stallion services offered in the auction are intended for the 2003 breeding season and individuals may bid on any number of stallion services. Bids will be placed on the Internet with the highest bid always being current, and bids made over regular stud fees are tax deductible for the mare owners.

Detailed auction information and bids are available at

The new intensive care unit, projected to cost $845,000, will be expanded from a two-stall facility to a ten-stall facility, better meeting the rising demand from the expanding Louisiana horse industry. It will include four stalls specially designed for critically ill neonatal foals and their dams, and one stall with padded walls and an overhead hoist for horses with severe neurologic or musculoskeletal disease. The equine program has currently raised half of the needed funds through private contributions and special events.

For more information on the Stallion Service Auction or the Equine Intensive Care Unit, visit the auction website listed above or contact Moore at (225) 578-9500.



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