Construction starts on $US80m equine centre in Texas

Master plan for Texas A&M University's new equine complex.
Master plan for Texas A&M University’s new equine complex.

Construction has started on Texas A&M University’s new $US80 million equine complex.

Ground has been broken on the site of the new complex, which will provide a home for equine science education, research and outreach programs.

Planning for the new center began in May 2012 when the Texas A&M Board of Regents approved negotiation of a ground lease with an anonymous donor that allowed for the first phase of construction to begin.

This cornerstone gift, combined with in-kind and other major gifts, bring support generated for Phase 1 construction to about $US35 million.

Initial construction will include an education and outreach center, facilities for the Texas A&M Equestrian Team, a cross country course in collaboration with Texas A&M Athletics, and new facilities for the Parsons Mounted Cavalry.

Head coach Tana McKay said the equestrian team was excited and grateful to be a part of the initiative.

“It is such a great opportunity for Texas A&M to showcase their strength in the equine industry. This state-of-the-art facility will be a great asset to our successful equestrian team.  We are looking forward to drawing great athletes to Texas A&M University, as well as enhancing their experience as an NCEA athlete.”

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