Invest in premier facilities for K-State’s Animal Science Program

Horse and Livestock Competition Arena

Kansas State University College of Agriculture has outgrown its horse and livestock facilities. Due to an increase in animal science programs and activities, there is a demand for larger, more up-to-date facilities to house the growing interest in animal science, and horse and livestock competitions.

This project includes a new multispecies competition arena and modernization of the K-State Horse Unit to support teaching and youth and extension efforts in equine and livestock sciences. The new competition arena, combined with the surrounding facilities, will create a hub for animal sciences at K-State. It will also serve as a destination for current and future students, Kansas stakeholders, and the regional and national livestock industry. These facilities will aid in student recruitment and will boost economic development for Manhattan and the region.

The new competition arena will:

  • Enhance K-State’s animal sciences academic programs, preparing students for work in the livestock industry
  • Improve campuswide recruitment of future students through the support of youth activities (4-H, FFA, horse and livestock shows)
  • Provide a venue for horse and livestock outreach and extension programs and competitions
  • Ensure a safe and efficient environment for the K-State rodeo club to practice and host the annual Collegiate Rodeo
  • Features of the new competition arena include:
  • 130 feet × 250 feet arena with bleacher seating for 3,000 people
  • Stock pens with bucking chutes and roping boxes
  • Enclosed 80 feet × 80 feet staging area
  • Covered wash area for horses and cattle, as well as 10 small livestock wash pens
  • Manager’s office, meeting room, restrooms with showers, and a security/first aid room
  • An open lobby that features concessions and beverage sales
  • Second-floor VIP area with windows overlooking the arena and staging area
Horse and Livestock Competition Arena, southwest aerial
Competition Arena, southwest aerial

Horse Teaching and Research Unit

Updates to the existing Horse Teaching and Research Unit will result in a modern equine breeding and training facility that is equipped to support the extensive and expanding educational opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and veterinary medicine students at K-State.
In addition to student engagement, the unit serves as the primary facility for equine reproductive services offered by the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) and the Veterinary Health Center (VHC), as well as for equine nutrition and physiology research. The unit will also be used by ASI to host equine short courses and seminars for the public.

Renovations to the existing Horse Teaching and Research Unit will:

  • Support growth in the teaching, research and extension activities of both ASI and VHC
  • Increase capacity for equine reproductive services
  • Improve safety and comfort for all users
  • Modernize the program to reflect marketplace conditions and facilities
  • Improve animal welfare by providing facilities that meet current Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requirements
  • Provide capability for ASI and VHC to increase revenue-making activities through equine science education

Features of the renovated facilities include:

  • New horse unit headquarters:
    • Central classroom and lab
    • Student lounge and manager’s office
    • Mare and stallion breeding areas
  • New stall barn:
    • 10 indoor stalls
    • A tack room
    • Two wash/saddling bays
    • 10 covered stalls attached to the stall barn
  • New stallion barn
  • Isolation shelter with a fenced-in pasture
  • Covered horse walker area
  • Additional turn-out pens and loafing sheds
Horse Teaching and Research Unit, northwest aerial
Horse Unit, northwest aerial

Fund Name: Animal Science Facilities Projects

Fund Number: D50834

Contact a gift officer

Kerry Wefald

Kerry Wefald Senior Director of Development - Agriculture


Christian Calliham

Christian Calliham Development Officer - Agriculture