By Nicole Housh
There is a new kid on the block here at Cal Poly Pomona. She has dark brown eyes, shimmery brown hair and four legs. That’s right, Broncos. A new foal is ready to give her fellow Arabian horses a run for their money.
One of CPP’s newest foals, Kaydee, was born Feb. 22 to mare CP Spellbound and stallion PA Kid Khan. Spellbound has three progenies in addition to Kaydee: CP Witching Hour in 2009, CP Circle in 2012 and CP Sorcery in 2013.
The filly’s father, PA Kid Khan, is a stallion born in March 2009 to stallion Sundance Kid V and mare Kharrea PGA.
Kaydee is just one of many Arabian horses that are a part of a prestigious legacy. CPP’s W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center has an extremely rich history, with its origins tracing back to 1925 when W. K. Kellogg purchased the land. After Kellogg built his ranch, he donated his estate in 1945 to the state of California on two conditions: that the land be used for educational purchases, and that the Arabian horse shows (started by Kellogg himself in 1926) continue with the “beauty and versatility” it had in the past. The equine program at the university has been designed and tooled to fit this very image.
Arabian horses are one of the oldest horse breeds, with archaeological evidence originating in the Middle East that traces their ancestry back 4,500 years ago. Arabians have a strong history as warhorses and are often selectively bred for traits that create a strong cooperative bond with humans. Arabian horses are extremely dominant in endurance riding as well as competing in other equestrian activity. They are bred worldwide, and are amongst the top 10 most popular horse breeds.
Students play a fundamental role in the Arabian Horse Center’s activities. In addition to full-time staff, the Arabian horses are all ridden and taken care of by students. The horses require much care and consideration, seeing as they perform for over 11,000 guests every year. The horse shows are on the first Sunday of every month October through May.
The Arabian Horse Center is home to around 85 and counting purebred Arabian horses. The center has facilities spreading over 38 acres of pasture, three barns, a veterinary clinic, a farrier shop, foaling stalls and four arenas for the riders to practice. Students also volunteer and the center and participate in Foal Watch, a program that allows them to help as mares approach their due dates.
While CPP’s College of Agriculture is one of the smaller colleges, the equine sciences breeding and training programs are internationally recognized. In other words, little Kaydee is in great hands. Even though she has a lot of growing to do before she reaches the big leagues, students can expect good things from this young filly.
The Arabian Horse Center is looking forward to 14 foals in total this year, so the university community can definitely expect to see more foals arriving on campus.
The Arabian Horse Center declined to provide comment.
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