We currently have 2 Belgians and 3 Percherons. One mare, Greta, and four geldings, Coronel, Lucky, Buck and Bob. The draft horses are used for a driving basics class every fall and spring semester. Each year they help teach 50 students how to harness and drive. We usually drive single, teams, and 3-abreast.
Lucky, a 21 year old Percheron is on loan to MSU from Opal and John Powers. Lucky has competed in hitches and single carts for many years and is now able to enjoy retirement by teaching students how to drive.
Coronel was purchased at a sale in Topeka, IN in the summer of 1999. Coronel is 18.1 h and weighs 2300 lbs.
West Meadow Greta was donated by Dan Creyts in the fall of 2000. She was in foal at the time and had a filly, MSU Memory, in May of 2001. Greta is 16 years old, 17.3 h and weighs about 1800 lbs.
Buck, a Percheron, was donated by Dave and Mary Ellen Beck in the fall of 2006. He is 19 years old, 17.3 h and weighs about 2000 lbs.
Bob, a Percheron, was donated by Dave and Mary Ellen Beck in the fall of 2006. He is 19 years old, 17.3 h and weighs about 2000 lbs.
Read more about the history of draft horses at MSU.
The Draft Horse Endowment Fund was established by Dr. Russ Erickson in 2000 to preserve the future of the program. The interest generated by the endowment provides 95% of the funding for the class and equipment. This money is used to repair harness parts, purchase new harness and general supplies, and repair vehicles. The endowment ensures the longevity of the program and increases the quality of the students' experience in the class. Your gift to the MSU Draft Horse Endowment Fund will help ensure the continuity and growth of the draft horse program at MSU. Your investment in these gentle giants will help maintain a link to our agricultural heritage as we educate the next generation of industry leaders.