Our Commitment to the Arabian Horses

A trainer leading a horse at the Arabian Horse CenterIn 1938, breakfast cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg gave his winter ranch to the state of California to use as a public university on the condition that it care for his horse herd in perpetuity.

More than 75 years later, our commitment to uphold that pledge is as strong as ever. Cal Poly Pomona always has, and will continue to be, a place that both our students and our horse herd can call home.

The upcoming changes to campus housing are intended to create a better living environment for our students. Similarly, the planned improvements to the W.K. Arabian Horse Center and pastures will make them into richer places for our equine friends.

Over the next few months, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center will receive over $200,000 in upgrades. These will include continuing irrigation improvements and new fencing that will give caretakers greater flexibility in using the pastures. The improvements will allow the grass more time to rest and grow, maximize land usage and help ensure the health of the Arabian horses.

Sunday Horse Show

The irrigation improvements are a result of recommendations by a highly respected equestrian expert, who evaluated the pastures and the center’s operations earlier this year. Donald Topliff, the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Angelo State University in Texas, has a doctorate in animal nutrition and extensive experience in equine research and management.

He recommended further improvements in irrigation, soil testing and seeding to maximize the productivity and usage of the pastures.

The College of Agriculture has also hired a new horse trainer and is conducting a nationwide search for a new director for the center. The college’s farm crew will dedicate one person with the primary responsibility for managing the horse pastures.

In addition, we are proceeding with plans to build a covered arena at the horse center to allow for events to be held during rainy weather. Donors have contributed generously toward this project, and the university also is allocating funds.

These investments and actions reflect our determination to ensure that the Arabian horses thrive for generations to come.