By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalMay 1, 2013
The Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Laboratory celebrated the official grand opening of its new facility April 26, 2013. (Journal photo)
On April 26, Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory celebrated its official grand opening, in conjunction with the CSU Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale events. The ERL is located at the university’s Foothills Campus, northwest of the Equine Sciences Center.
Approximately 400 people from across the country attended the outdoor reception and were treated to guided tours of the new facility. They included distinguished alumni, past and present CSU faculty members, veterinarians, local officials and sale consignors and buyers.
The original, historic lab was destroyed in a fire in July 2011. Despite the challenges of a lost facility, the ERL’s research and services never stopped.
The university and faculty rallied around the effort to “build it better than it had been before,” according to CSU President Dr. Tony Frank, who spoke at the grand opening.
The new facility is bigger – at 12,000 square feet – and is better designed to manage the traffic flow of both client mare and stallion services. It also includes added teaching and research space as well as a new equine molecular biology lab.
The ERL’s accomplishments throughout the past decades have transformed the horse industry and equine reproduction worldwide.
Dr. Frank added: “As we look forward … we know there will be great things to come.”
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