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WILMORE, KY—Asbury College Board of Trustees have approved the addition of a new $250,000 indoor arena for the College’s Equine Center located on the Kentucky River Palisades.

equinecenter06.jpgThe 180 x 120-foot facility to be built over the next three months will provide a 72 x 180-foot indoor riding arena as well as 10-12 stalls, meeting rooms, offices, a wash rack and storage areas.

The new facility will enable students to ride and train horses year-round and provides uninterrupted class time in all weather conditions including after dark. Students will also be able to board their personal horses in the facility’s stalls. In the coming months, plans for other uses of the arena will be finalized.

Three gifts have been committed to cover more than $200,000 of the total cost. College administrators are working with contractors and utility companies to begin construction. Groundbreaking for the facility is set for Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. with expected competition in January 2007.

“We would like to thank our donors for the part they play in making projects like this become a reality,” said President Dr. William C. Crothers, president. “We are pleased that individuals recognized the opportunity for educational student development through an indoor riding facility. Expansion of programs like the equine center at Asbury College, not only benefit our current and future students but the community at large.”

This announcement comes an opportune time with the 2010 World Equine Games slated for Lexington. Plans are currently in discussion for the College’s involvement in the national event.