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Developing a better stock horse

New Mexico

The 19th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo will feature young horse development with Scott Bagley from Dimmitt, Texas, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 22. Scott will share insight on "Developing a Better Stock Horse." Scott and his wife, Jane Pruitt Bagley, own Bagley Performance Horses and specialize in ranch horses that possess the maturity and training to be great show horses. The Bagleys work from the philosophy that "good show horses are first good work horses." This program will be a great learning opportunity for those in the horse business whether it is for work or pleasure. Scott will be working with young horses on cattle and demonstrating how to develop a young stock horse.

Scott starts all of their young horses in the BC Pre-conditioning Yard and while backgrounding wheat cattle. Bagley horses are raised with cattle for the purpose of working for a living first. The Bagleys believe that this blue collar work ethic helps quietly mature their colts and provides them with a purpose of the maneuvers they will be called upon to perform in the showpen. The work ethic developed by the Bagleys' young horses helps instill the show ring becomes the easy part of their routine.

The 19th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo is sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of America and Plateau Wireless. For more information or to attend, contact the Roosevelt County Extension office at 575-356-4417 or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 575-356-8541. For a full schedule of Ag Expo events go to the Roosevelt County Chamber website at www.portales.com.

Event: 19th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo

Details: Annual agricultural and dairy expo featuring clinics, workshops, speakers, special presentations and vendors.

Seminar: Stock Horse Training with Scott Bagley.

Date: Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Fair: Feb. 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Location: Roosevelt County Fair Grounds, 705 East Lime St.

Information: Extension Office 575-356-4417, Roosevelt Chamber 575-356-8541 or visit www.portales.com.

The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce's mission is to build community and pride in Roosevelt County by serving as an information resource and by coordinating community enriched events and activities that contribute to the prosperity of the area. Roosevelt County, founded in 1900 with the City of Portales following in 1909, is known as one of the primary producers of Valencia peanuts in the world and is considered the "warm heart of the sunbelt." For additional information about Portales, visit www.portales.com or www.portalesnm.org.

The Cooperative Extension Service is the community education arm of New Mexico State University and serves all 33 county governments as well as many tribal areas in New Mexico. Backed by state, federal and local funding and statewide faculty specialists, the Cooperative Extension Service is a collaborative effort between NMSU and county governments which addresses community needs through education. The most well known CES programs are 4-H youth development, agriculture and natural resources, community economic development, and family and consumer sciences programs. All CES education programs are means toward the end of developing a better quality of life for families in New Mexico's communities. For additional information, visit http://extension.nmsu.edu.

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