The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center will celebrate the university’s 75th anniversary this weekend, Oct. 5-6, with a reunion and the first horse show of the fall.
The center has invited current and former students, horse owners and anyone who has been affiliated with the university’s Arabian horse program, to a reunion on Saturday. The event will include a barbeque, toast and roast, auction, and live entertainment provided by The Blues Buzzards, a rhythm and blues band. The reunion continues on Sunday with a cowboy breakfast at the center. Registration for the reunion is now closed.
Public events on Sunday include self-guided tours of the center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the same time, tours will be available at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, where author Mary Jane Parkinson also will sign copies of her book, “The Romance of Kellogg Ranch.”
A presentation of the breeding stock and offspring will take place 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kellogg House Pomona will have an open house from 12 to 2 p.m. At 2 p.m., students and staff will perform at the first horse show of the fall.
W.K. Kellogg, who created Corn Flakes and the Kellogg Company, started the horse show tradition in 1926 on his ranch property, which later became Cal Poly Pomona. The purpose was to promote interest in the Arabian breed and educate the horse-loving public about the versatility, beauty and intelligence of these horses.
Cal Poly Pomona has continued that tradition. The 38-acre horse center houses about 150 purebred Arabians used in teaching, research and breeding. The Arabians have also appeared in competitions and the Rose Parade in Pasadena. The center produces 10 to 15 foals per year and offers horses for sale to the general public.
For a map and directions, go to http://goo.gl/maps/cRe5d.