As with other parts of the farm, the staff at the Arabian Horse Center rely on students to help care for the livestock. In this case, exercising and grooming the horses. Each fall, the training staff conducts tryouts and students with appropriate skills are assigned a barn horse to care for during the year. This includes exercising and grooming an assigned horse at least five days a week. Students interested in this program should contact the Senior Trainer during the fall quarter.
With over 300 colleges and more than 6200 riders, the IHSA is the world's largest Intercollegiate Equestrian organization. The Cal Poly team competes in shows around the region and almost always sends a team to nationals. Riders may choose to compete in English or Western Equitation ranging from Walk/Trot and Walk/Jog classes to Open and Reining classes.
Anybody can join the Horse Show Team; owning a horse is not required. The team owns several horses which are used for practices and competitions. Any level of riding experience is accepted. You do not have to try out to be on the team, but your riding will be evaluated to determine what class to place you in.
Meetings are held every Tuesday during the school year in 2-112 at noon.
Since its establishment, the Cal Poly Pomona Equestrian Drill Team has represented the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center in its traditional Kellogg Arabian Horse Exhibitions mounted on Cal Poly's Equitation Horses. Displaying the beauty, grace, and agility that the Arabian is famous for, the team performs a series of precision maneuvers choreographed to music in both four-horse and eight-horse routines.
In addition to participating in the exhibitions, the team also takes part in fundraisers and special Cal Poly Pomona events such as the Pumpkin Festival and the Founder's Day parade.
The team is always looking for new potential members. They are dedicated to improving riders' skills and helping them achieve their fullest potential; previous riding experience is not necessary. Practices are held on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.
The Cal Poly Pomona Rodeo Club is a student-run organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the rodeo sport. The Club sponsors many activities throughout the year, including high school and intercollegiate rodeos. Rodeo Club members have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of rodeo events, and benefit from the experience and expertise of professional instructors. Team members travel throughout California and Southern Nevada in the fall and spring competing in sanctioned intercollegiate rodeo events.
The Rodeo Club also participates in College activities including the Pumpkin Festival in the fall. You can find them operating the Roller-Roper where they give people the opportunity to compete in a calf roping event on a mechanical horse.
The Rodeo Club meets every other Thursday during University Hour, fall through spring quarters, at Cowboy Corner (behind the agriculture building).
The Arabian Horse Center selects a crew of students each year to live and work at the Center. Students complete daily tasks such as feeding, mucking stalls, assisting with the foaling, grooming and other various duties assigned by the Farm Manager. A few students are selected to live at the Center in exchange for working 51 hours per month. Students interested in living at the Center should contact the Farm Manager during the spring quarter.
Student volunteers are an important part of the Arabian Horse Center. Experience with horses is not required. Students who would like to participate in foal watch should contact the Farm Manager. Students interested in other volunteer opportunities should contact the Senior Trainer.