W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center

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The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center traces its origins back to 1925, when the late W.K. Kellogg, founder of the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan,purchased 377 acres of land in Pomona for $250, 000 as the home of his Arabian Horse Ranch. Mr. Kellogg obtained Arabian horses from the imports of Homer Davenport and W.R. Brown, as well as from the Crabbet Arabian Stud in England, and commissioned Myron Hunt to design his mansion and stables. From the beginning W.K. Kellogg and his Arabian horses attracted a lot of attention and famous Hollywood stars.Mary Jane Parkinson: In the old days, the old gray stallion, Jadaan. Kellogg bought him in 1925, he was in the first group of horses. This was at the same time of Rudolph Valentino, the silent film star, was at the high of his popularity and he asked to borrow Jadaan for a movie, and here was the Kellogg ranch with this wonderful horse who had a reputation. They took him to every event possible, parades, and celebrations of any kind where they thought he might be appreciated. And he was always known as the horse that Valentino road.And the crowds loved him Even though the Kellogg’s Arabian horse ranch had the attention of entertainers,Mr. Kellogg’s long term intentions for the ranch were much more philanthropic Sterling Speirn: But not too many people know that Will Keith Kellogg established one of the greatest public universities in Cal Poly Pomona. The fact that he did that, one in part because he cared about the preservation of the Arabian horse collection. That gift that Will Keith Kellogg made to the state of California in 1932 constituted 750 acres and 87 Arabian horses. I think it was just a glimpse of the visionary eye of Will Keith Kellogg that both Arabian horses, that tradition, which is one of the unique institutes in the world I think, the Arabian horse center would be combined with the creation of a great university From 1943 to 1948, the ranch was operated by the U.S. War Department and known as the Pomona Quartermaster Depot (Remount). In 1948, the ranch was transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When it looked as though the USDA was going to auction off the horses, nationwide protests and political pressure intervened to stop the process, and in 1949, the land was deeded to the W.K.Kellogg Foundation. Later in 1949, the title to the then 813-acre ranch and horses was passed to the State of California, with the provisions that the property must be used for educational purposes, and the traditional Arabian horse shows, started by Mr. Kellogg in 1926 to demonstrate the beauty and versatility of the Arabian horse, must continue. The Ranch was given to the California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo to provide room for the increasing student population at its southern California branch campus. As part of the Voorhis unit, the ranch was known as the Kellogg Campus.As the horse shows continued in the 1960s a new star emerged James Alderson: Probably one of my favorite horses, without a doubt, was Poly Royal I trained him to do the liberty movie act, taught him to do the liberty movie act in the shows he would run it full speed. In an arena, slide stop, back up, he would Spanish march, he would rear up walk on his hind legs 150 ft, bow down. But the key is that he did all this with nothing on him. His only signals were my voice and queues from my whip. What a wonderful horse In 1964, Norm Dunn became the Director of Horse Department, a post he held for thirty years. He initiated the famed “Foal Pole” tradition of flying either a pink or blue flag upon the birth of an Arabian foal on campus.The Kellogg Campus was separated from the San Luis Obispo Campus in 1966 to form the California State Polytechnic College, Pomona, and in 1972, it became a University. The Horse Department occupied the original Kellogg stables for nearly 48 years, until the construction of the existing facility, which was dedicated on April 6, 1974. To the delight of many school children, Thursday shows were added to the traditional Sunday shows in 1980. The old stables were dedicated as “Union Plaza” in 1981, and continue to be the home of many student organizations. In 1989, Reign On and Allison Elwell won Scottsdale Park Stallion. Huell Howser posed with Reign On while on campus in 1993, during which time he made footage of the Center, students, and horses for a segment on”Historic Horses” as part of his popular TV series, California’s Gold.Today the Arabian horse breeding program at Cal Poly Pomona is the oldest program of its kind in the country.Jeanette Maner: Giving tours to alumni who haven’t been here for 20 years and we have horses that were babies when they were here and I love showing it to them and I think it’s the history that we have in common and to know how to converse with someone that’s been here 30-40 years ago and have the same conversation and the same light behind your eyes knowing that you’re apart of history and it’s still going The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center is home to approximately 85 purebred Arabian horses used in Equine Sciences’ teachings, outreach, research and internationally recognized breeding and training programs. Facilities at the center include 38 acres of pasture, three barns, foaling stalls, a breeding area, a veterinary clinic, a farrier shop, four arenas, and a grandstand. The University also operates the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, which is one of the world’s largest public collections of Arabian horse materials.Russ Mawby: Im delighted to express congratulations to Cal Poly Pomona on its 75th anniversary and to the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center on its 88th anniversary. I think Mr. Kellogg would be very proud of his beloved estate and its role now as a center of education.


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