Donation of Quarter Horses arrive at Potomac State

Miller with horse

Jared Miller, an equine studies instructor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, is shown with ‘Cooler Than All’ a World Class Quarter Horse which was donated to the College, along with four mares, by Alabama Businessman Donald Rice.

Potomac State College of West Virginia University and Sumiton, Alabama may be separated by several states, but a ‘Grand Champion Quarter Horse’ just brought them a whole lot closer together.

Potomac State is the beneficiary of a generous donation of five quarter horses, including one stallion and four mares. The horses arrived earlier this summer and were donated by Donald Rice, who serves as president and chief executive officer of Money Management Services, located in Birmingham, Ala. He is also a founding member of the National Advisors Trust Company which serves as the nation’s largest advisor-created, federally charted trust company. Additionally, Rice is the owner and operator of Double L Farm which was named after his father, L.L. Rice.

Rice and his wife, Gwen, breed and raise Quarter horses on the farm which is located in Sumiton and is considered to be a ‘World Class Quarter Horse Breeding Farm.’ Case in point, a two-year-old gelding which was sired by their stud and a mare on the farm, won the Quarter Horse World Championship in both the Amateur and Pro Divisions in 2011.

Additionally, the stallion they donated, ‘Cooler Than All,’ was named a ‘Grand Champion’ at one of the largest Quarter Horse shows in the United States, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. “Cooler Than All” was also named as the ‘Reserve World Champion’ in the Quarter Horse World Show.

“It was very difficult for the family to part with a horse that they’ve raised since birth, but I believe that future generations sired by ‘Cooler Than All’ will continue to grow Potomac State’s herd into world-class quarter horses for generations to come,” said Rice.

The donation of Quarter horses came about through a series of unexpected events. Mike Jennings, a longtime friend of Rice who serves as an experienced equine appraiser, a horse auction manager and as an American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman, happened to be serving as an official for the West Virginia State 4-H and FFA horse judging contest that was recently held at the Equestrian Center on the Potomac State campus. He approached Jared Miller, an equine studies instructor at Potomac State, about the potential for a donation of horses to the College.

Jennings also worked with Lucas Taylor, Director of Development at the College, who was instrumental in getting the horses to the College as well as assuring Rice that the horses would be part of an outstanding equine program at Potomac State.

These horses will be part of a hands-on, living classroom to educate students about various aspects of the equine industry. Additionally, the mares will be placed in the breeding program, two of them are already in foal for 2015.

“We’re planning to stud the stallion to the public for breeding and I’m also going to place him in the West Virginia Quarter Horse Association’s Breeders Futurity,” said Miller.

For more information about the equine program at the College or to plan a visit to the Equestrian Center, contact Enrollment Services at 304-788-6820.