UNL Receives $1 million donation for New Equine Sports Complex

July 23, 2021, 10:15 a.m. ·

An artist's rendering of the northwest view of the planned Equine Sports Complex, with the equine barn facility in the foreground. (Photo courtesy of Settje Agri-Services and Engineering)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has begun its $4.5 million initiative for a new complex on East Campus devoted to horses. The Kimmel Charitable Foundation jump started the project by donating $1 million to the equine project.

The complex would be built north of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center and include a stall barn, arenas, classrooms, offices, outdoor runs, an exercise round pan, as well as other additions.

Clint Krehbiel, professor and animal science department head, said the complex would serve many purposes to both students inside the department and across the university. It would give the UNL Equestrian team a place to keep their horses, provide experiential learning areas, and give the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association a practice space.

"This facility will really help us engage across this entire spectrum of learners," he said. "So (I'm) really excited about this facility."

If all goes well with getting the remaining money needed, Krehbiel said, they are expecting to start building this time next year.