Asbury Equine Center Builds for Impact
June 8, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Equine Center is preparing for more impact than ever with an exciting lineup of improvements taking place this summer.
Increasing efficiency and safety, ongoing farm projects include a boarding barn, two new hay barns, a new waterline, automatic waterers in every pasture and a synthetic surface in the indoor riding arena.
Each project meets a need in Asbury’s growing Equine Program. The new boarding barn — which will stable 20 horses — will add more space for program needs and create better housing opportunities for boarding horses. The hay barns will allow the Equine Center to store its own hay supplies, which will help keep program costs low. The new waterline and automatic waterers increase efficiency, as well, eliminating a chore that used to require two to three hours every day.
“It’s going to be really cool when everyone comes back in the fall and sees all the improvements,” said Equine major Holly Roe ‘18. “The farm already looks nicer and more professional. It’s definitely been a blessing that all this has been provided.”
Another new improvement at the Equine Center is a synthetic surface in the indoor arena. Donated by Keeneland, a Thoroughbred race track and sales company near Lexington, Ky., the polytrack surface is made of synthetic materials and will be safer for students and horses and easier to maintain.
“The polytrack increases the safety of the horses by giving us an improved surface where most of our riding occurs,” said Harold Rainwater, director of Asbury’s Equine Program. “It also eliminates dust, and that has been a big concern as we’ve had more and more activity. It’s a more efficient, safer and more effective way to use the indoor arena.”
Rainwater says the improvements at the Equine Center are an important step for Asbury’s fast-growing Equine Program, not only because they increase efficiency, but because they will allow for even greater impact in students’ lives.
“We’re in service and ministry for God, people and horses — in that order,” Rainwater said. “That’s what makes Asbury so unique. We’re not primarily about winning championships or training horses. We’re about training people. We use the training of horses to train people to go out and make a difference.”
To learn more about Asbury University’s Equine Center, visit: asbury.edu/equine