Welcome Cindy Reich!
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center has hired an internationally-recognized leader in the Arabian horse industry to oversee the breeding and herd healthcare.
Cindy Reich has more than 30 years’ experience working in farm management and equine reproduction in the public and private sectors. She has foaled more than 1,000 mares during her career.
“Cindy is bringing a wealth of training and experience to us,” says Jeanne Brooks Abernathy, director of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center. “We’re thrilled that she’s joining us. She gives to our students a world-class practitioner who can share her knowledge with them.”
Reich grew up on an Arabian horse farm in Colorado that was started after her mother fell in love with the animals while watching horse shows inspired by the ones W.K. Kellogg held on his Pomona ranch. That ranch became the Cal Poly Pomona campus.
“It’s ironic that I will be working on the very farm that inspired my mother’s business and my career,” Reich says. “I’m very excited to be coming to Cal Poly Pomona.”
Reich has extensive experience in breeding Arabian horses, including managing mares and stallions, artificial insemination, foaling, and halter breaking – both in university settings and the private sector.
While employed at Colorado State University, she was a research associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences responsible for supervising the care of more than 100 mares and 50 stallions, including feeding, health care, exercise, record keeping, and facilities maintenance.
Later in her career, she was again employed Colorado State, where she was responsible for the health and management of more than 80 client mares in the Advanced Reproductive Techniques program.
Reich also taught many equine and veterinary students at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory on campus.
For the majority of her career, Reich has managed breeding programs at major Arabian farms in both the United States and Europe. She is an international judge of Arabian horses and gives seminars on the breed around the world.
She also has designed both barn and breeding facilities, incorporating innovations gathered from her extensive worldwide management experience. Reich also has worked as a journalist, writing for Arabian horse magazines such as Studs and Stallions and Tutto Arabi; she is a regular contributor to Arabian Horse World.
Reich earned her bachelor’s degree in bio-agricultural science from Colorado State University.
Congratulations to 2016 U.S. National Winners from the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
This year Cal Poly Pomona was represented by five spectacular horses, winning four championships or reserves and two top tens at the US Nationals. We congratulate the owners and trainers, and thank them for their support of the Cal Poly program.
CP Dance Til Dawn (Vegaz x CP Dance Card), Reserve National Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity with rider Katie Burr, owned by Burrline LLC
CP Shenanigan (Anza Padron x CP Dance Card) - National Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with owner/rider Katherine Kirby (pictured at right)
CP Manifesto (H Mobility H x Afire Charmm), Reserve National Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse and Top Ten in the Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity. Trained by Stachowski Farm, ridden by Josh Shino and owner Katherine Kirby. (pictured at left)
CP Tiny Dancer (Vegaz x CP Dance Card) Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure with Christine Ryan, owned by Ken & Susan Knipe
CP Tytanium (Pyro Thyme SA x CP Tatiana), Reserve National Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity. Purchased at the 2016 production sale by Stachowski Farm and shown by Josh Shino.
Second Annual Production Sale a Success
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center raised $32,300 by selling eight horses Aug. 3, 2016 in its second annual online auction.
One hundred forty-four bidders from 44 states and three Canadian provinces were online for the auction. That topped the 122 bidders – horse breeders, trainers, and individuals – who were online for last year’s sale.
The center moved to having an online production sale last year instead of selling the horses off in private sales, as it had done in the past.
“We are very pleased with the results of our second annual auction,” says Jéanne Brooks Abernathy, the horse center’s director. “The change in strategy to this online sale has quickly resulted in more consistent prices and a greater percentage of the production sold. We are looking forward to continued progress in 2017.”
The auctioned horses were among 14 foals that were born on campus three years ago. Two were sold in 2013 as weanlings and the horse center is keeping the remaining four for student programs and future breeding. The eight horses sold all had a full year’s worth of training and were well started under saddle, unlike some of last year’s class. Cal Poly Pomona students are involved in every aspect of breeding, caring for, and raising the horses.
Although photos and video of the horses were posted online to view since July, many of the bidders visited the horses or called to get more information from the horse center’s Equine Operations Manager John Lambert in the days – and even hours – prior to the auction.
CP Paragon fetched the highest price at $7,600, going to a buyer from North Texas. Two other horses, CP Tytanium and CP Illumination, were sold for $5,500 each.
Addis Live Online, an Oklahoma-based company, handled the auction for the horse center. The company streamed the auction live on the Internet, with participants submitting bids from all over the country and an auctioneer calling out the bids and sales prices like a traditional sale.
The purposes of the sale are to provide the public with the opportunity to own some of the finest Arabian horse bloodlines in the world and to raise proceeds for the horse center. Almost all of the horses can trace their bloodlines back to the original Arabian horse herd that cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg owned and raised on his Pomona ranch. The breedings are made possible through the generous support of stallion owners in the Arabian industry, who donate breedings to the program to some of the industry’s leading stallions.
Under state regulations, all sales must be conducted by public auction to ensure transparency and that they are at fair market value.
All proceeds go to support the educational and outreach programs at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
Cal Poly Bred Horse Named USEF Horse of the Year!
CP Guncyn Roses (Cytosk x Barbs Mist) pictured with his owner & rider Kirsten Luedde. This beautiful 2007 grey gelding (affectionately known as Charlie) and his devoted rider had a great 2015. They not only captured three top tens at Youth Nationals in 2015 (English Side Saddle JTR, Hunter 14-18 JOTR, and Hunter 14-18 JTR), but were also named USEF Horse of the Year for Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor!! CP Guncyn Roses represents 7 generations of Kellogg breeding, tracing in tail female to *Incoronata, who Mr. Kellogg imported from the Crabbet Stud in 1936.
Congrats to both of them and best wishes for a great 2016! (photo by Sabrina Davoudzadeh).
Thanks for the New EZ-GO!
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center has a brand new, utility golf cart, thanks to a long-time supporter. Don C. Moss won an EZ-GO utility golf cart as a raffle prize from the Arabian Horse Youth Association. The prize was announced at the 2015 Arabian National Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Moss immediately decided to donate the cart to the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center through the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. John Lambert from the horse center coordinated with equine industry leaders Stan and Susan Morey of Hallmark Farms and Bill and Terry Addis of Addis Equine Inc. to secure the cart in Oklahoma before it was transported to the horse center, for which Moss also generously provided. The cart, which was donated for the raffle by Dever Inc., is now part of the horse center’s working farm support fleet.
“All of us at the horse center offer our sincere thanks to everyone involved for this much needed addition,” says Jéanne Brooks Abernathy, the center’s director. “The generosity of Mr. Moss and Dever is indicative of how the Arabian industry supports their own. It will be a great help to the productivity of the students and staff in carrying for our treasured herd of Arabian horses.”
Moss was a successful bidder in the horse center’s production sale last August, purchasing CP Rockafeller. Mr. Moss is pictured in the golf cart with W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center students and staff.
Arabian Advisory Committee Visits Campus
We were pleased to welcome the President's Arabian Advisory Committee to Cal Poly Pomona on December 4 for their semi-annual meeting. The council, whose purpose is "to cultivate, advise, inspire, advocate, and collaborate for the betterment of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and the enhancement of student education" watched a select group of 2-year olds in training with John Lambert. They then evaluated the 2015 weanlings before moving to the business meeting. We thank them for their continued service and sage advice. Pictured from left are Linda Madsen, Kathryn Krecke, Scott Dunn, Gary Dearth, Bob Buell, and Rob Bick. Members of the committee not pictured are Lewis McKim and Margaret Rich.
Congratulations to 2015 U.S. National Winners from the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
Winners bred at Cal Poly Pomona:
CP Dance Til Dawn (Vegaz x CP Dance Card), National Champion Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity with rider Katie Burr, owned by Burrline LLC (pictured at left)
CP Shenanigan (Anza Padron x CP Dance Card) - Reserve National Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with owner/rider Katherine Kirby (pictured at right)
CP Triple Spec (SF Specs Shocwave x Beaujolais), National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD with Carrie Fritz, and Reserve National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving with Jason Krohn, owned by Shamrock Farms LLC (pictured at left)
CP Marquis (Baske Afire x CP Princess) Top Ten Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 with Lindsay Smith, owned by North by Northwest LLC
CP Michelangelo (Da Vinci FM x True Mist), Top Ten Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse with Cody Ralston for owners Eric and Michelle Loftis
CP Neon Riot (Vegaz x Ima Dancer Too) - Top Ten Arabian Pleasure Driving with Caralyn Schroter, owned by the GAA/DPA Trust
CP Santa Fe Express (IXL Noble Express x CP Dance Card) - Top Ten in Arabian English Show Hack AAOTR with owner/rider Cassandra Stafford
CP Tenacious (Buckingham Bey V x Ima Dancer Too) - Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over with owner/rider Allison Elwell
Winners out of Cal Poly bred mares:
Boltz Afire CA (Baske Afire x CP Dansing Ghazi) - National Champion Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse with Jim Stachowski for owners Sherry and Bruce Layne; bred by Casey Arabians LLC (pictured at right)
The Capitalist (SF Specs Shocwave x CP Madison) - Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse with John Byer McCarty for owner Nonesuch Farms Inc.; bred by Katie Harvey
EVG Tridan (Triften x CP Dansing Diva) - Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 and Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity with owner/ rider Lori Foster; bred by Evergreen Arabians LLC
Cey Hey (Hey Hallelujah x CP Shiraz) - Top Ten Arabian English Show Hack ridden by James O Lowe, owned by Nancy Oreilly; bred by Strawberry Banks Farm
CP Rock On Represents AHDF at Little Light House
Veteran Equine Breeder Selected Director of W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
A Tennessee native with a lifelong passion for horses and experiences that include marketing campaigns, coordinating sales and managing a farm has been selected as the new director of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.
Jéanne Brooks Abernathy comes to Cal Poly Pomona from Brookhill Farms, an Arabian horse breeding and training center she founded in 2003. In 12 years, the farm grew from three horses to over 50. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing consultant for a specialty glass company and in various management and sales positions with Xerox Corporation.
“We’re excited to have Jéanne join us as the new director of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center,” says Mary Holz-Clause, dean of the College of Agriculture. “She brings a passion for horses that started in her childhood. She has managed breeding operations, foaling and animal care at an Arabian horse farm, and has run businesses large and small. She brings a unique set of skills to the center. We look forward to having her here at Cal Poly Pomona and the energy she will bring to the Arabian Horse Center.”
Brooks Abernathy’s passion for Arabian horses began at 13 when she received a half Arabian named Abus Fancy Ben as a gift. Her first job, which paid for the horse’s board, consisted of cleaning stables. Years later, that same horse joined her in founding Brookhill Farm on the rolling countryside outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Brooks Abernathy says the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center is widely known in the industry as the “oldest continuously run breeding program in the country” and that it’s well-positioned to impact the future of the Arabian horse breed.
She describes her time at Brookhill as a “very hands-on” experience, and she’s looking to continuing that approach at the university’s Arabian horse center.
“You can’t learn everything you need to know about raising horses from a book,” she says. “There’s nothing that can replace the experience of seeing a foal come out of its mother and take its first breath.”
Horse Center Holds Successful First Online Auction August 5, 2015
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center grossed nearly $75,000 in its first online horse auction.
The center put up 18 Arabian horses for sale, all of which were purchased in the Wednesday night auction by buyers from Arizona, California, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.
CP Charmming Notions, a 3-year-old mare and national-caliber English prospect with a good pedigree, fetched the highest sale price at $26,000. She was sold to a buyer in Ohio.
Scott Dunn, a member of the committee that advises Cal Poly Pomona on the horse center, said the university has embarked on a new and exciting era at the center. The first step was the hiring of a nationally recognized trainer in John Lambert, he said.
“The next piece in the renaissance was this online auction, and, by my estimation, there were some very good horses who brought very good prices,” Dunn said. “I can’t wait to see how they perform for their new owners.”
The proceeds of the auction will go to support the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center’s operations.
Oklahoma-based Addis Live Online Auctions facilitated the auction, which included videos of each of the horses for sale. More than 300 people logged online across Canada, Saudi Arabia, Europe and the United States to watch the two-hour auction, and 122 had the credentials to bid.
“That’s extremely impressive,” said Bill Addis, the owner of Addis Live Online Auctions, a veteran auctioneer and former member of Cal Poly Pomona’s Arabian horse advisory committee.
Most horse auctions only have about 30 registered bidders, meaning fewer bids per horse, he said.
“The videos were done well,” Addis said. “The horses were groomed well and looked good. Having a veterinarian’s statement on each horse helped the integrity of the auction.”
The prospective buyers were horse breeders, trainers and individuals, he adds. They included representatives of Arabian horse owners in Portugal and Saudi Arabia, Addis said.
The purpose of the auction was to provide the public the opportunity to own some of the finest Arabian horse blood lines in the world, while also making room at the center to accommodate younger horses, including the 14 foals born earlier this year.
Then-University President Michael Ortiz issued a 2013 directive that established the goal of producing 15 to 20 foals at the center every year and holding an annual auction to sell the majority of the 3-year-old foals born on campus that had not been previously sold.
Originally, the auction was planned to be in the fall. But circumstances dictated moving the sale up to August, Lambert said.
Holding a sale in the fall would mean keeping the older horses around longer. They also would need training, because most of the 3 year olds had not been broken to ride, Lambert said.
That would take away training time from a dozen 2 year olds at the center that need to be moved into the barns this month in preparation for training, he said. Without training, the 2 year olds would sell for less at future auctions, Lambert said. In addition, an early August date fell between events on the horse show circuit, which many trainers and breeders attend, he said.
Lambert and the horse center staff did an excellent job getting the horses and videos ready for the auction, Dunn said. The next step toward completing the center’s renaissance is hiring a new director, he said.
“The future of the Arabian horse center is very bright,” Dunn said.