Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Arabian Horse Center Hires Expert to Oversee Herd Breeding & Health

Published Date: Feb 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center has hired an internationally-recognized leader in the Arabian horse industry to oversee the herd breeding and health.

Cindy Reich has more than 30 years’ experience working with horses in farm management and reproductive programs in the public and private sectors. She has foaled more than 1,000 mares during her career.

“Cindy is bringing a wealth of training and experience to us,” says Jeanne Brooks Abernathy, director of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center. “We’re thrilled that she’s joining us. She gives to our students a world-class practitioner who can share her knowledge with them.”

Reich grew up on an Arabian horse farm in Colorado that was started after her mother fell in love with the animals while watching horse shows inspired by the ones W.K. Kellogg held on his Pomona ranch. That ranch became the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

“It’s ironic that I will be working on the very farm that inspired my mother’s business and my career,” Reich says. “I’m very excited to be coming to Cal Poly Pomona.”

Reich has extensive experience in breeding Arabian horses, including managing mares and stallions, artificial insemination, foaling, and halter breaking – both in university settings and the private sector.

While employed at Colorado State University, she was a research associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences responsible for supervising the care of more than 100 mares and 50 stallions, including feeding, health care, exercise, record keeping, and facilities maintenance.

Later in her career, she was again employed Colorado State, where she was responsible for the health and management of more than 80 client mares in the Advanced Reproductive Techniques program.

Reich also taught many equine and veterinary students at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory on campus.

For the majority of her career, Reich has managed breeding programs at major Arabian farms in both the United States and Europe.  She is an international judge of Arabian horses and gives seminars on the breed around the world.  

She also has designed both barn and breeding facilities, incorporating innovations gathered from her extensive worldwide management experience. Reich also has worked as a journalist, writing for Arabian horse magazines such as Studs and Stallions and Tutto Arabi; she is a regular contributor to Arabian Horse World.  

Reich earned her bachelor’s degree in bio-agricultural science from Colorado State University.