Dedicating the Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center
I have long believed that when it comes to land-grant universities, our successes are ultimately reflected in how well we help others succeed. And sometimes, those who benefit from our services find it in their heart to help support our programs with gifts. Nothing illustrates that better than the story behind our new state-of-the-art equine center.
This week, we dedicated the multi-million-dollar Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center in Stillwater. The 60-acre complex features a teaching barn, small indoor arena, classrooms, feed and tack rooms, a wash rack and a treatment area. It also provides excellent facilities for mares during foaling season and for students who assist in the foaling process.
This outstanding facility will give us another tremendous advantage in recruiting top students from across the nation and world. It also will give our students and industry partners a chance to master cutting-edge production management practices, as well as engage in hands-on activities year-round through use of the classroom space and indoor arena.
Finally, the center will no doubt benefit our Extension programs and 4-H youth activities when needed, helping to ensure our programs will reach across the state.
None of this would have been possible without generous benefactors, who were honored by DASNR during dedication ceremonies Feb. 16.
The center’s namesakes, Linda Cline of Char-Lin Ranch near Cushing, and her husband Charles established one of most successful horse operations in the state. Linda provided the gift that sparked the effort as a way of honoring her late husband and their longtime patronage of equine students.
Interestingly, neither Linda nor Charles attended OSU, but credit much of their success to working and interacting with DASNR faculty over the years to learn every aspect of the horse business, including production, animal well-being and ranch management. Without her gift, our students with equine interests would still be shivering in open barns.
Other donors include Shawnee Milling, which underwrote the feed and tack room; Mel and Jackie Bollenbach, premiere breeders of Quarter Horse racing stock, who sponsored the viewing and office areas; and Preifert, manufacturers of farm, ranch and rodeo equipment, which provided the stalls.
Heritage Place, the industry-renowned 40-acre equine sale enterprise in Oklahoma City, contributed funding for the center’s foyer, while Cross Bar Gallery donated artwork and accessories.
As each donor acknowledged, they are proud and happy to make such a significant investment in the future of OSU students, the state of Oklahoma and the equine industry. We’re deeply appreciative of their support of our commitment to excellence.
These are exciting times to be part of the OSU Cowboy and DASNR families as we take a huge step forward in helping others reach their goals, and in so doing, fulfill our mission of enhancing the lives of Oklahomans of all ages.
For more information about this and other financial support programs for DASNR and OSU, visit www.osugiving.com.