Author of The Perfect Horse Welcomed to Cal Poly Pomona for Lecture

Nearly 200 attendees welcomed Elizabeth Letts, author of the award winning The Perfect Horse on November 8. The book tells the true story about how, during the final days of World War II, some of the world’s most rare and treasured Arabian horses were rescued from the clutches of Nazi Germany and were sent to live in Pomona, the former site of W.K. Kellogg’s horse ranch and the future home of Cal Poly Pomona. Almost all of the Arabian horses at Cal Poly Pomona can trace their lineage back to those prized WWII horses.

“Ms. Letts is not only a talented author, but also a compelling public speaker.  The audience was enthralled with her first hand account of writing The Perfect Horse, and some of the "behind the scene" details," said Jeanne Brooks, director of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center that presented the lecture. Ms. Letts is pictured at right with some Cal Poly Pomona fans.


Congratulations to 2017 US National Winners bred at W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 

2017 was a great year for Cal Poly Pomona bred horses at US Nationals - 9 winners in 6 divisions!  Congratulations to all of the owners, trainers, and exhibitors.

  • CP Shenanigan (Anza Padron x CP Dance Card), owned & ridden by Katherine Kirby - National Champion Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39, Top Ten Park Horse AAOTR  (pictured at right)
  • CP Cozmopolis (Vegaz x CP Cosmopolitan), owned by Prestige Farms LLC. Top Ten AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian Futurity
  • CP Dance Til Dawn (Vegaz x CP Dance Card), owned by Burrline LLC. - Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Jackpot
  • CP High Card Daniels (Black Daniels x CP Dance Card), owned by Russ or Tammy McElliot.  Top Ten Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse
  • CP Manifesto (H Mobility H x Afire Charmm), owned by Kirby Arabians LLC. Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Jackpot, Top Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAO Maturity
  • CP Paragon (H Mobility H x Afire Charmm), owned by Jennifer Quintus. Top Ten AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian Futurity
  • CP Rumor Has It (CP Sequoia x CP Jasmine), owned by Highland Pride ArabiansTop Ten Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39, Top Ten Show Hack AAOTRTop Ten Show Hack Open
  • CP Scintillation+ (Enzo x CP Luminaire), owned by Jaima Yates.  Top Ten Arabian Western Pleasure.
  • CP Triple Spec (SF Specs Shocwave x Beaujaleis), owned by Stacy McCrary. Top Ten Arabian Country  Pleasure Driving

2017 Production Sale Shatters Records 

The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center shattered records at its Third Annual Production Sale on Aug. 2, 2017. The center sold 11 Arabian horses during the online auction, grossing $126,250. That broke the 2015 record of nearly $75,000 for 18 horses.

Yearling colt CP Helios (HA Toskan Sun x CP Dance Card), sold for $56,250, more than doubling the previous record for the highest selling individual. The previous record of $26,000 was set in 2015 by CP Charmming Notions (H Mobility H x Afire Charmm), a 3-year-old mare and national-caliber English prospect. 

Jeanne Brooks, director of the WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center remarked that the prices at this year’s sale are indicative of the industry’s confidence in the quality of the Kellogg Center product. “CP Helios brought a great price because he is an exceptionally high quality English prospect who also has the potential to be a significant breeding stallion. Since we do not have the proper environment to raise a young stallion, the decision was made to offer him for sale as a yearling”. That said, continued Brooks, “It is important to note that even without CP Helios, average prices were higher than last year, confirming that the market for the horses produced and trained at the W.K. Kellogg program continues to grow.”

Other notable sales included CP Zandyr, a 3-year-old black gelding, who went for $20,500, and CP Cozmopolis, a 4-year-old grey gelding, who sold for $19,000. The horses were bought by breeders, trainers, and individuals in eight states from California to Massachusetts. Most will go onto show careers, but a couple were acquired for pleasure riding. 

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. Breeding is made possible through the generous support of stallion owners in the Arabian horse industry, who donate breedings from some of the industry’s leading stallions to the Center. 

Brooks credited the center’s staff and students for the successful sale, including John Lambert, equine operations manager, who led students through training the horses, worked the phones with industry leaders, and turned out horses to prospective buyers in top condition; Cindy Reich, a world-renowned expert who was hired earlier this year to oversee herd breeding and management and snnnhagano, a livestock technician who ensures the center runs up to the standards of a world-class operation; and Lauren Corona, who oversees the administrative processes at the center. 

About 20 staff and students watched the live stream of the auction at the center. The students saw that good things happen if they worked hard, held high standards, and represented the organization with impeccable character, Brooks says. “Watching them watch Helios sell for more than $50,000 was beyond fun,” she says. “I dare say it was a moment they will not soon forget – a high-impact learning experience to be sure.”

The auction provides the public the opportunity to own some of the finest Arabian horse blood lines in the world, while also generating funding to support the horse center’s educational and outreach programs. Oklahoma-based Addis Live Auctions facilitated the event for the third consecutive year.


Congratulations to 2017 Canadian National Winners bred at W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 

We love to see Cal Poly Pomona-bred horses representing the program at the highest levels.  Congratulations to this year's winners in Canada!  

CP Triple Spec (SF Specs Shocwave x Beaujaleis) - National Champion Country Pleasure Driving ATD, Top Ten Country Pleasure Driving, owned by Stacy McCrary

CP Hpnotiq (Afire Bey V x Beaujaleis) - Top Ten Country English Pleasure Select AATR, Top Ten Native Costume, owned by Susanne Christensen

CP Marquis (Baske Afire x CP Princess) - Top Ten Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 19-39, owned by North by Northwest LLC


 

Congratulations to 2017 U.S. Youth National Winners from the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 

 We congratulate the owners and trainers of this year's Cal Poly Pomona-bred winners, and thank them for their support of the Cal Poly Pomona program.  

CP Magnitude (VCP Magnifire x Dainty Danser) - Reserve National Champion Saddle Seat Equitation 13 & under.  Owned by Louis Skeeles.

CP Dauntless (Baske Afire x CP Princess) -  National Champion English Trail JTR 18 & under, Reserve National Champion Wester Trail JTR 14-18, Top Ten Western Trail JOTR 18 & under, Top Ten Western Horsemanship JTR 14-18, Top Ten Hunter Seat Equitation Not to Jump JTR 14-18.  Owned by Julia Gaidousek.

CP Guncyn Roses (Cytosk x Barbs Mist) - Top Ten Ladies Side Saddle JOTR, Top Ten Ladies Side Saddle English JTR 18 & under, Top Ten Hunter Pleasure JTR Choice, Top Ten Hunter Seat Equitation Not to Jump JTR 14-18.  Owned by Kirsten Luedde, pictured at right.  (Side note: We are excited to welcome Kristen and Guncyn Roses to Cal Poly Pomona for their freshman year in September! Look for them in the Sunday Shows!) 


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 health care.

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 reseCP Shenanigan with K. Kirbyrves 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 w/ Josh Shino 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 Tytanium w/ Josh ShinoCP 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.


CP Rock On at LighthouseCP Rock On Represents AHDF at Little Light House

CP Rock On, bred at Cal Poly Pomona and owned by Linda Abramowicz-Reid, served as an Arabian horse ambassador at the Little Light House as part of an Arabian Horseman’s Distress Fund visit.  
 
CP Rock On is a 2003 gelding by Hucklebey Berry out of AHW Aristocrat Mare First Danse.  He represents seven generations of W.K. Kellogg breeding, tracing back to the mare *Incoronata, imported to the United States in 1936.  CP Rock On has won several national titles in Country English Pleasure and is a great representative of both the Arabian breed and the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center program.  The students, staff, and families really enjoyed their time with him.
 
Thanks to Scott Trees for this wonderful video of the AHDF visit, featuring CP Rock On: