A couple notable in the Arabian horse industry has donated $3 million to the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Laboratory to propel teaching, research and clinical services that have made the laboratory a foremost authority in reproductive science and techniques.
Bud and Jo Adams, of Scottsdale, Ariz., said the significant donation is their way of giving back to a program that benefited their horse business, Adams Arabians, for many years. It is the family’s second transformational gift to the university: Twenty years ago, Bud Adams and his late first wife, Louise, donated a barn and arena complex worth more than $1 million; the Adams-Atkinson Arena has been a key facility, where thousands of CSU equine students have gained a unique combination of scientific and hands-on learning.
The new gift stems from a friendship that began when the CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory was known simply as the “stallion lab,” and two of its architects – equine experts Jim Voss and Bill Pickett – regularly visited and consulted with Adams at his ranch when it, too, was on the threshold of excellence. Voss, who became an esteemed leader at CSU, died in July after a long illness.
“Through the years, I’ve had a good relationship with the people at Colorado State University,” Bud Adams said. “Jim Voss and Bill Pickett were very helpful in my horse business. Now I’m retired, and I want to make up for some of the things that CSU did for me – to do them and other people a lot of good.”... CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE