By Tracy Moronatty
Large crowds gathered to watch the Kentucky Derby at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center Saturday where Always Dreaming won the race as guests enjoyed the “friend-raiser” with food and drinks.
All proceeds went back to the center.
“We have alumni that have not been here for quite a while and fans of the horse center that flew out of state to come,” said Jeanne Brooks, director of the horse center.
Among the guests was Mark Saliba, who graduated in 1975 with a degree in business management.
“I used to play football back when there was a football team and we didn’t have a mascot. I am glad Cal Poly has a mascot,” said Saliba, as he compared his experience as a Cal Poly Pomona student in the mid-1970s, and now as an alumnus.
Many of these conversations continued as guests talked amongst themselves while the event brought raffle prizes and laughter.
Women were able to showcase their fashionable Derby hats and attire with a contest awarding the best hat.
The winner wore a black fascinator with orange monarch butterflies and the runner-up had on a turquoise hat with a horse.
Within the games and the prizes, the guests’ purpose was to support the horse center.
After 92 years of existence, it has provided students with the opportunity to witness firsthand the majestic beauty of Arabian horses through volunteering, classes and employment.
The horse center holds 100 horses and is still growing.
According to their website, approximately 10 to 15 foals are born each year.
Students can volunteer at the horse center, which provides students with 11 hours of training and no prior experience is needed.
In addition, any student can volunteer, no matter their majors.
Employment opportunities include stall cleaners, groomers, and there are even potential opportunities for live-in positions where space is limited.
Students can even join the Foal Watch and be the first to see a mare give birth.
If student interest in horses grows beyond volunteering, they can minor in equine science and make it a career.
The horse center also holds Sunday Shows to showcase the horses.
Shows are held on the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. during the academic year.
The aim of the horse center is to carry on the legacy that Will Keith Kellogg left behind.
Tracy Moronatty / The Poly Post
Attendees at the ‘Derby Day Garden Paty.’
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