The Nebraska Equine Sports Complex will be built north of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center. It will include an equine stall barn, large and small arenas, exercise round pen, classrooms, offices, wash bay area, tack lockers and outdoor runs.
The Nebraska Equine Sports Complex will position Nebraska to be the destination for students across the state and beyond who are interested in equine sports, expand our experiential learning programming, provide a one-of-a-kind teaching and learning facility, and connect youth and extension education activities on campus for the benefit of all Nebraska.
- an upgraded practice facility;
- space for College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources students to receive more experiential learning opportunities;
- opportunities to increase extension equine programming for youth and adults; and
- students on the rodeo team a place to board their horses on campus.
The Equine Sports Complex will provide the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources space for additional equine science classes which could include colt breaking, equine reproduction and genetics. Students participating in classes through both the Department of Animal Science and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will have the opportunity to benefit from a new facility. These students will help fill needed jobs in the equine field statewide.
At present, CASNR’s need for arena and stable space limits the university’s ability to offer programming to external audiences. Once completed, the Equine Sports Complex will provide ample space to conduct equine programming for interested stakeholders. Jumping camps and clinics, youth camps and specialized clinics, such as roping and speed events, will be hosted in the new complex.
This is about having a facility dedicated to the heritage of equine training and sports here in Nebraska to serve young people from every part of the state. This includes high school programs, such as the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association and the important work of Nebraska 4-H. It’s really all about our young people — the next generation of equine professionals and enthusiasts.”
The equestrian program is a growing strength of Nebraska Animal Science. This facility will greatly enhance our ability to deliver high-quality teaching and learning for both youth and adults and allow students from all backgrounds and cultures to gain hands-on experience connecting with horses. We are also excited for the impact this facility will have on our competitiveness in equine sports and student recruitment
Want To Get Involved?
Gifts in support of the privately funded equine complex can be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Naming opportunities within the complex are also available. For more information, contact Josh Egley or Marcia White at 402-458-1100. Gifts of any amount can be made through the NU Foundation.