This particular gift-in-kind — a breeding from One Hot Krymsun valued at more than $2,500 — had an impressive result the following spring: a healthy colt named "PSU Dynamic Krymsun," who quickly became a beloved member of Penn State’s quarter horse herd and equine science minor program, which teaches students about nutrition, handling, breeding, management and much more.
“He was a beautiful, special stallion,” Bailey said, adding that she loved receiving updates through the years from Brian Egan, instructor in equine science, who works closely with the students and the horses on the farm.
In late 2017, however, the unthinkable happened. PSU Dynamic Krymsun was injured in an accident and had to be euthanized. Egan contacted Bailey to give her the terrible news.
“Even though One Hot Krymsun has more than 1,500 offspring, this loss hit me really hard,” Bailey said. “I thought a lot about donating another breeding, and then I decided the program needed something even better.”
Bailey contacted Egan with the news that she would be donating “Red, White N Good” — an elite stallion valued at $130,000 and half-brother to One Hot Krymsun.
“I knew he would fit in well at Penn State because he is so well-behaved and well-bred," said Bailey. "I was sure the students would be able to learn a lot working with him."
To make her gift even more valuable, Bailey included “A Pretty Big Deal,” a mare who was pregnant with Red, White N Good’s foal. A healthy filly was born in February 2018.
Through the years, several other breeders have contributed horses to the Penn State quarter horse program. Ronald and Susan Johnson of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, have donated 14 horses (two stallions and 12 mares) since 2004.
“We think Penn State does a really terrific job with the care of the horses and the education of the students,” said Susan Johnson, adding that she and her husband make a habit of visiting their “grandchildren” — the offspring of their donated horses — on a regular basis. Two years later, they often purchase them at the annual Penn State Quarter Horse Sale, which supplies the program with important revenue for the care and maintenance of the horses and their facilities.
“We were familiar with the quality of the program because of our friendship with Ward Studebaker,” added Johnson.
Studebaker was manager of the Penn State horse farm from 1968 to 2001. The Ward Studebaker Horse Farm Endowment was created in his honor by Penn State earth and mineral sciences alumnus Charles Bowman and his wife, Lynn Holleran.
Though he retired more than two decades ago, Studebaker said he still visits the farm to see the horses.
“Everything is special about that program,” he said. “The horses have always been well cared for; they get all the health benefits we can give them.”
“When I donated that first breeding," said Bailey, "I didn’t really know anything about the Penn State quarter horse and equine programs. Since then, I have learned just how wonderful they are.”
Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science, agreed.
“Our horse farm is one of the top-rated campus farms in the country, and this remarkably generous gift by the Baileys [Red, White N Good and A Pretty Big Deal] is very exciting news for our equine program,” he said. “We are excited about the opportunity to continue moving our breeding program forward and offering our students the chance to interact with this outstanding stallion.”
In a full-circle turn of events, One Hot Krymsun, the beautiful stallion Bailey purchased all those years ago, now is living at Penn State. Bailey and her husband recently sold their farm and needed a home for the 19-year-old.
“I asked Brian Egan if they would consider standing him for us,” she said. “After a while, I came to visit him, and he was one happy horse.”
To learn more about equine science and the quarter horse program, visit the Animal Science Department website.
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