Nikki Ferwerda, Animal Science Faculty and Equine Farms Manager
The Department of Animal Science at ISU proudly maintains the historic horse barns located on campus. The horse barns provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in a hands-on setting. The historic barns house two student apartments, an office, reproduction lab, equine treadmill, and classroom.
The university maintains a herd of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred broodmares who are used in teaching and demonstrations for ISU students, youth, and the public. In addition, the university offers breeding services to the public. The foals produced by the farm are sold privately or in breed specific public auctions. Watch our sale listings for new information. Weanlings and yearlings are always available for sale.
- In 2004, the American Quarter Horse Association recognized ISU with the Legacy Award for breeding Quarter Horses for 50 consecutive years. In recent years, Iowa State students have prepared young western pleasure and huntseat prospects for sale at the Reichert Celebration, the AQHA World Sale, and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress.
- In 2007, Iowa State produced its first stakes winning Thoroughbred, Bravo Cyclone, who won the Iowa Stallion Futurity in a stakes-record time of 1 minute 10.99 seconds.
- In 2010, the Thoroughbred mare, She’s Better Loud, who was raised at Iowa State, earned the title Three Yr Old Filly of the Year at the ITBOA banquet. She was generously returned to Iowa State upon retiring.
- In 2013 Haforuhaforme earned the title 2yr-old Filly of the Year in Iowa. She was born at ISU. More ISU bred foals are just starting their show and race careers.
Iowa State students gain valuable experience in the general care, breeding, foaling, early training, and marketing of the university’s horses.