Aggie Derby Dr. Joe Armstrong & Schroeder
Dr. Joe Armstrong is the patriarch of family owned and operated Armstrong Equine Service, La Mesa, NM. He received a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding from Colorado State University and began working for NMSU in the Spring of 1979 where he built the horse program we know today.
He has retired as Professor and Horse Extension Specialist in 2002, but remains active in advising and offering support to the current program.
Joe served as an AQHA judge, enjoys horse packing, and has over fifty years of experience in private farm management.
He has aided and taught horse production techniques around the world in Russia, Europe, Cuba, Japan, North and South America. Dr. Armstrong claims he prefers cattle to horses, and has previously judged beef cattle at the National Polled Hereford Show and National Red Angus show.
Schroeder is a big ol' softie! He knows his friends will underestimate him, but he thinks his big size and long stride will give him an advantage down the home stretch!