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Video Spotlight: The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center

Cal Poly Pomona has long been known for its Arabian horses, but one stands apart. In 1925, long before the Kellogg Ranch became a university campus, Jadaan was the center of attention. The gray stallion was so famous that people would steal hairs from his mane and tail when he was taken to shows.

“Kellogg bought [Jadaan] in 1925. He was in the first group of horses,” says Mary Jane Parkinson, historian and author of “Romance of the Kellogg Ranch.” “This was at the same time Rudolph Valentino, the silent film star, was at the high of his popularity, and he asked to borrow Jadaan for a movie. … He was always known as the horse that Valentino rode. And the crowds loved him.”

Today the Arabian horse breeding program at Cal Poly Pomona is the oldest program of its kind in the country. In fact, the quality of Cal Poly Pomona’s program brought Huell Howser to campus in 1993 to film a segment for “Historic Horses,” as part of his popular TV series “California’s Gold.”

The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center houses around 85 purebred Arabian horses. In addition, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library is home to the world’s largest public collection of Arabian horse materials. The care and study of Arabian horses is a large part of the university’s history and will continue to be a part of what makes Cal Poly Pomona unique.

MediaVision, the on-campus video production team, created this video about W.K. Kellogg’s horse ranch and how the ranch became the permanent home for Cal Poly Pomona.