W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
The W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center is a showcase facility that houses approximately 100 purebred Arabian horses used in teaching, research, and breeding. The Center includes 35 acres of irrigated pasture, five barns for stabling horses, foaling stalls with an observation room, veterinary sciences laboratory, several arenas, a farrier shop, and research facilities.
The Arabian Horse Center breeding program produces anywhere between 8 and 18 foals per year and offers horses for sale to the general public. A sales list is available on the Center web site, listing breeding, history, and prices. Cal Poly Pomona horses are exhibited by students and the horse center’s trainers in competitive all-Arabian horse shows, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, national Arabian horse shows, California Arabian horse shows, and Cal Poly Pomona Sunday and Thursday horse shows. The hundreds of ribbons and trophies displayed at the Center attest to the quality of the Arabians at the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.
Dedicated on April 6, 1974, the Main Barn at the AHC was designed with visitors, horses, and the AHC staff in mind. Visitors to the center are greeted with an inviting courtyard, lush greenery and lively water fountain prior to entering the barn area. Spacious stalls look out onto the grassy center courtyard, with mesh doors that also allow guests to view the beautiful horses inside. In addition to stabling the Arabian show horses, the main barn also has two large foaling stalls joined by an observation room, where broodmares can be monitored as needed.
This barn offers the AHC’s main office, where visitors are welcome to stop in and receive information during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm). The Center’s Director, Trainers and Farm Manager all have offices here. A large classroom is located next to the main office and is regularly used for classes and meetings.
AHC trainers have a convenient setup, with two tack rooms, a crosstie area that is both shaded and equipped with a misting system for hot summer days, wash racks, and a hot walker all located within or next to the main barn. Two arenas, including our large show arena featuring grandstand seating and a sound system, as well as an enclosed bullpen, are a short walk away from where horses are prepped for their training sessions.
Located next to the hot walker, the Weanling Barn contains more box stalls, and also houses the equine treadmill, breeding room, well-equipped equine veterinary clinic complete with breeding stocks, and small animal clinic. Both staff and visiting veterinarians make regular use of the equine clinic area, and the small animal clinic is the perfect space for the college’s Animal Science Department lab classes.
Built in the style of a mare motel, with eight large partially covered paddocks and a wide, covered center aisle, the Mare Barn also holds the farrier lab and the spacious farm shop at its far end. At the front of the mare barn is an equine scale that is regularly used by students and staff.
Pastures & Paddocks
The AHC is situated on 38 acres, leaving plenty of space for pastures and paddocks. Pastures are on both an irrigation and a rotation schedule, keeping them lush and green for the groups of horses that occupy them. The center’s young horses are divided into age groups and spend the first several years of their life living outside in small herds. Several smaller grass paddocks are located on either side of the Main Barn and are used for turnout on a regular basis.