The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center in Pomona, California is an integral part of the California State Polytechnic University campus. It’s also a place where thousands of people saw their first Arabian horse at the famous Sunday Shows, part of the Cal Poly Arabian horse tradition for decades. On October 5th and 6th, the Arabian Horse Center will open its doors for a splendid weekend of fun and festivities for Cal Poly friends, supporters and alumni!
Plans include a “Santa Maria” style BBQ dinner, “Toast and Roast”, dancing and entertainment on Saturday evening, pictorial and video presentations featuring some of Cal Poly’s leading horses and riders showing at the Arabian Horse Center, raffle and auction featuring an original oil painting of famous Cal Poly broodmare, Sanibel by alumni Kari Albiol. Mary Jane Parkinson will be signing her book The Romance of the Kellogg Ranch, with proceeds of the book sales going to support the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.
On Sunday visitors will have an opportunity to see the Arabian horses, tour the Kellogg Mansion, visit the new W.K. Kellogg Arabian horse library, the original Kellogg stables and the Arabian Horse Center. Sunday will also include one of the famous Kellogg and Cal Poly Sunday Arabian Shows complete with former alumni riding and driving their own horses as well as the Cal Poly horses. Also planned is a viewing of Arabian horse bloodstock and some of the “stars of tomorrow!”
Almost all of the returning Cal Poly alumni will be delighted to see and speak with Allison Elwell, Cal Poly Horse Unit trainer, coach and teacher from 1967 to 1998 and a daily volunteer at the school until last year. Allison managed the student training program, Sunday Shows and the show team, among many other responsibilities. Allison laughs when she thinks about her arrival at Cal Poly in the 1960’s.
“I didn’t even know the school had horses when I arrived,” Allison remembers. “When I discovered them and realized it was where I wanted to spend my time, I took the quickest degree program I could (History) so that I could spend all of my time with the horses. I started out doing everything, from medical and breeding to working horses. The job and the people certainly changed over the years, but not my love for the Arabian horses at Cal Poly.”
Another familiar face at Cal Poly, Gary Mullen, Ed.D. Cal Poly and Arabian Horse Unit alumni from the early 1970’s, has been part of the group putting the 75th Anniversary party together for a year. Gary has been involved in equine education at universities and colleges for the last thirty-plus years, is a noted judge at horse shows and has many years as a trainer of Friesian and Andalusian show horses under his belt as well. Currently, he lives in Yorba Linda, California where he founded EQUIP, Equine-assisted Activities and Therapies for those with disabilities.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing and talking to old friends and students,” says Gary. “I am especially looking forward to Sunday when we’ll have a chance to see the broodmares and representatives of the Kellogg breeding program. Rob and Pam Hess will be there to take pictures, Doug Elwell will be announcing and hosting … there’s just a lot happening, so much to see and enjoy. We’re all hoping for a great turnout!”
For information contact Kelly Pina at the Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, (909) 869-4988or click here www.csupomona.edu/kellogg-arabian-horse-center-reunion.