The Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation donated $ 1 million in leadership to support a new state-of-the-art Nebraska equestrian sports complex at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and its Department of Animal Sciences estimate that 180,000 Nebraska horses are used for recreation, competition, and farm work. To better serve this industry and the people who care for these animals while enhancing the educational experience for students, the college has embarked on a $ 4.5 million initiative for a new equine complex on campus is .
Tiffany Heng-Moss, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, said now is the time to develop the necessary facilities for equine education and training due to an increase in student participation in equine programs and the expansion of youth 4-H programs in the state.
“The Nebraska Equine Sports Complex will position Nebraska as a destination for students from across the state and beyond interested in equestrian sports, expand our experiential learning program, provide a unique teaching and learning facility of its kind and will connect young people. and campus outreach activities benefiting all of Nebraska, ”she said. “We are delighted to have the support of the Kimmel Foundation to help start this exciting effort.”
Clint Krehbiel, head of the animal science department, said, “The equestrian program is a growing strength of Nebraska Animal Science. This facility will dramatically improve our ability to deliver high quality teaching and learning for young people and adults and allow students from all backgrounds and cultures to gain hands-on experience of connecting with horses. We are also excited about the impact this facility will have on our competitiveness in equestrian sports and student recruitment. “
The complex will provide student-athletes with a training space for the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association and the ONE Equestrian team, a place to board their horses, and experiential learning areas for undergraduate and Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across the state. It will also be used to organize extension programs and clinics.
The facility will provide the college with space to teach classes, such as foal training and equine breeding. Students participating in courses through the Department of Animal Sciences and the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences will also benefit.
“The Kimmel Foundation has been interested in this project for twenty years and we are happy to see it come to fruition,” said Ernie Weyeneth, president and treasurer of the foundation. “It’s about having a dedicated training and equestrian legacy facility here in Nebraska to serve youth in all parts of the state. This includes high school programs, such as the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association and the important work of the Nebraska 4-H. These are really our young people – the next generation of professionals and enthusiasts of the horse.
The Nebraska Equine Sports Complex will be built north of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center. It will include a horse barn, large and small arenas, exercise pen, classrooms, offices, laundry area, tack lockers and outdoor tracks.
Donations in support of the privately funded Equine Complex can be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Naming opportunities within the resort are also available. For more information, contact Josh Egley or Kristen Houska at 402-458-1100. Donations of any amount can be made here.