New Cal Poly Equine Center To Benefit Students And Community

Utilizing a $20 million financial gift from Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer, the California Polytechnic State University, located in San Luis Obispo, has begun construction on the Oppenheimer Family Equine Center, with a completion date slated for February 2018.

The center will include a covered riding arena, a stallion barn, a foaling barn and an addition to the hay barn, which is already built. The riding ring will encompass nearly 60,000 square feet. The new facility is part of a major renovation to facilities that will improve teaching facilities in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.

Donor Peter Oppenheimer is a 1985 grad with an agricultural business management degree; his wife is an ’86 grad with a home economics degree. Oppenheimer went on to become the senior vice president and CFO of Apple. The couple remained steadfast in their commitment to Cal Poly, and the new equine center is a testament to their generosity.

Phase Two of the construction will include a second riding area, an agriculture event center and an animal health center. Also in the works is a revamp of the horticulture facility, which will include a learning center. The new facility will also benefit the community, who will have more room to come and watch things like the horse sales and home-team equestrian competitions.

Currently at Cal Poly there are about 850 students who study animal science, and the new equestrian center will benefit them as well as all of Cal Poly’s equestrian teams, which include polo, rodeo, dressage, hunt seat and western. The school is trying to create an eventing team, as well.

The students who are in the equine program are working with embryo transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, as well as other reproductive methods. The new facility will greatly expand their learning opportunities.

Read more at The Tribune.


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