This mobile University of Wyoming billboard boasts two horsepower and will be viewed across the state this year and foreseeable future.
Haflinger horses Pistol and Pete will patiently pull the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sheep wagon, refurbished with new canvas and sporting new logos and lettering, in parades and at other venues, promoting the 125th anniversary of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).
Their first appearances are at the Cody Stampede parades July 3-4 and July 9 at the Laramie Jubilee Days parade.
The pair’s color scheme may not be the OFFICIAL institutional color tones mandated by the University of Wyoming marketing team, but there’s no doubting the two Haflingers represent the university with their brown and gold hair and manes.
The AES, housed in the college, directs operations at four research and extension centers in Wyoming: Laramie, near Lingle, Powell and Sheridan. Pistol and Pete are expected to put in appearances at the centers’ field days this summer and at other venues across the state, pulling the college’s revamped sheep wagon and offering rides on a flatbed trailer.
Laramie R&E Center director Doug Zalesky believed the college should make more use of its sheep wagon – a symbol of Wyoming’s ranching heritage that had been sitting idle at the Laramie center – to promote the AES 125th anniversary and the college.
Zalesky received the go-ahead from AES director Bret Hess and Frank Galey, dean of the college, to revamp and use the wagon. Continue reading University of Wyoming college of agriculture draft horses pull past into present